College & Career Center

Welcome to the Career Center!

  • The goal of the office is to help students plan out their post high school education.
  • To help students go to college, serve in the military, or enter the work force after they leave Shepaug.

College / Career Field Trips

University of Connecticut Storrs Campus - December 2nd

To sign up for a field trip please email me or come see me in the Career Center.

Tips & Tricks for College

Michael McManus: College and Career Coordinator

860 - 868 - 7326
Mr. McManus' Homepage

Summer Enrichment Programs

If you are interested in learning more  please Click on the link below: 
If you would like to see more summer enrichment programs available to students please log onto your Naviance account!

College & Career Center Resources

Career Info

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Here is the premier source for career information! The profiles featured here cover hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more.

Career of the Week

Financial managers oversee the finances of major companies, agencies and everything in between. Along with their teams, they coordinate accounting and produce financial reports, cash-flow statements and profit projections. To comply with various laws and regulations, they must pay attention to detail. Aside from working with numbers, financial managers must also help other members of their organization understand their complex reports, which requires significant communication skills.

If you would like to learn more about this career:

Career Info

This website, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor,
Employment and Training Administration, provides career tools as well as info on occupations.

How To Obtain Working Papers

  1. Student must have a letter of employment from their employer stating what they will be doing on the job.
  2. The student must take the letter from their employer and bring it to Mrs. Murphy or Mrs. Knapp in the main office at SVS.
  3. Student must complete form required and working papers will be issued.

Employment Opportunities


If you are interested in looking for a part time job and are not sure where to start. Please come see me in the Career Center. I can help you look for a job and help you get your working papers. 

Shepaug's Career Center Tools

Below are some resources from the Shepaug Counseling center for students interested in pursuing their career choices.  Please contact the College and Career Center at (860)868-5602 with any questions.

Financial Aid Resources and Scholarships

Financial Aid Memo


January 22, 2016

Dear Parents of seniors:

 Financial Aid Memo:

1.       By this time, you should have applied for your FAFSA at  Shortly after completing the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR).  The SAR will show your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC).  Colleges use the EFC, as well as any other required documentation, to determine your financial aid package.  The financial aid package usually contains loans, grants, and possibly a work study placement.

 2.      Remember to check the college websites for specific financial aid requirements and deadlines.  Each school has its own procedures and closing date for filing financial aid documents.  The college may also require that you submit the CSS Profile.  Feel free to make a personal contact with a financial aid officer who will be very helpful and an excellent resource.

 3. is a user friendly resource that provides valuable information to assist parents with the financial aid process.  When on, click on College Planning, Pay for Collegefor helpful information and comparison tools. 

 4.      Colleges are required to offer on their websites a Net Price Calculator that enables families to accurately estimate cost of attendance. The Net Price Calculator is a tool that students can use to estimate their “net price” to attend a particular college or university.  Net price is the difference between the “sticker” price (full cost) to attend a specific college, minus any grants and scholarships for which students may be eligible. Sticker price includes direct charges (tuition and fees, room and board) and indirect costs (books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses).

 5.      If you feel that the aid offered does not meet your family’s needs or does not reflect the family’s financial circumstances, call or email the financial aid office to appeal their decision.

 6.      Local scholarships are posted on our school website, as well as on Naviance.  Applications to most of the local scholarships are available in the School Counseling Department.


 Todd Dyer

Director of School Counseling

Financial Aid

Understanding your Financial Aid Package

Because it is a pivital part of the college search process for so many families, the Shepaug Counseling Department works hard at having up-to-date, comprehensive resources for the Financial Aid process.

In the Spring, you can find a current list of scholarships in the Counseling Office on Naviance.  Simply, log into your Naviance, access the Scholarship section, and you can print applications for any of the scholarships by clicking their individual link and downloading the pdf.

SVS Scholarship Award Ceremony

Shepaug Valley proudly recognizes the seniors that are chosen as local scholarship recipients each year.  Our local scholarship committees are extremely generous and play a huge role in the success of our college-bound students.  Below you will find the program from the ceremony as well as photos of the awards presented.

Training, Trade Schools, Military

Trade Schools

Universal Technical Institute

Lincoln Technical Institute

Stone Academy

Lincoln College of New England

Porter and Chester Institute

Paul Mitchell School- Danbury

Bristol Technical Education Center



Training Programs

New England Carpenters Training Fund

Job Corps

Community Culinary School of Northwest Connecticut

Academy Di Capelli

International Institute of Cosmetology

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 478

Military Service

Air Force



Coast Guard

Army National Guard

Air National Guard

Military Academies

Air Force Academy

Coast Guard Academy

West Point

Naval Academy

Test Prep

Online Resources to Help You Prepare for the SAT

  • Khan Academy- Get personalized practice recommendations for the skills you'll need for the SAT, plus eight official practice exams from College Board. ... SAT Math practice. ... With Official SAT Practice, set up a personalized practice plan and take real, full-length SAT practice tests online.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  • College Board's Full Practice Test- This website offers the official 2012-13 SAT practice test. Best when used in conjunction with other prep sites listed below.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • DOME SAT: Smarter Test Prep- Features SAR preparation study guides, vocabulary drills, and practice tests; subjects include math, critical reading, essay writing and vocabulary.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • I Need a Pencil- The nonprofit CK-12 Foundation offers 60 lessons, more than 800 practice exam questions, and a score projector.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • March 2 Success- This site, a collaboration of the U.S. Army and the publishers of Peterson Guides, offers seven full-length practice tests and 25 decks of flash cards.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • ProProfs: Build and Test Knowledge- Claiming to have the most comprehensive collection of free SAT study resources online, this site provides practice exams, flash cards, quizzes, and cram sheets.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Quizlet- A wide array of subjects are offered, and there is a mobile app available. The SAT prep materials are located in the "Standardized Tests" section.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
  • Study Guide Zone- Focusing on improving standardized-test scores, this site covers a wide variety of standard college and professional tests. In addition to the SAT test study guide, test flash cards, and practice questions, there is a "College Tips" advice section.

Resume Help

Digital Portfolios

Sample Resumes

(Tip: Use your Senior Autobiographical sketch to build your resume, that form can be found under the "College Info" tab.)

College Essay Writing Tips

Tips and Tricks to write the perfect college essay


College Board Essay Writing Tips


US News How to Write a College Essay


Princeton Review- How to Craft an Unforgettable College Essay


Essays that worked- John Hopkins University


Essays that worked- Connecticut College


Essays that worked- Tufts University


College of the Week

Connecticut College is a private institution that was founded in 1911. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,844, its setting is city, and the campus size is 750 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Connecticut College's ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, #46. Its tuition and fees are $56,870.
To learn more about the school: