Students from Osbourn Park High School are learning as much as they can about career options
Posted on 11/19/2019
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What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s possibly the most frequently asked question a future graduate hears and often one of the hardest decisions a young person faces. Knowing some of your options can certainly help.

Like their peers, students from Osbourn Park High School (OPHS) want to learn as much as they can about their career options so that they can answer this question with enthusiasm rather than anxiety. That’s where Suzanne Salvo comes in. As the college and career counselor at Osbourn Park High School, Salvo is a professional school counselor who supports the success of all students by helping them develop self-awareness and guiding them as they develop post-secondary plans and prepare for and plan their futures.

This year, in addition to helping students with applications, providing information about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and sharing enrichment and employment opportunities, Salvo was excited to connect her students to an event where they were exposed to careers in the criminal justice field. Sponsored by Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and held at NVCC’s Manassas Campus, the inaugural Administration of Justice Career Day gave students a chance to watch live demonstrations by tactical and K-9 units, meet with mounted and motorcycle police, hear from a panel of representatives in criminal justice positions, and visit recruiters from federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations. Salvo and her colleague, Heather Lontos, transition specialist at OPHS, organized and chaperoned the students’ trip.

“Students were able to hear from the panel members about how they got into law enforcement, with some very encouraging words,” said Salvo. “There was a question and answer period before students were able to meet with various law enforcement agencies, military personnel, and NVCC representatives. It was wonderful to see the community take such interest in our students and their future. This is my first year as college and career counselor and I am so excited to have programs like this for our students!”

Salvo says next up for her students is an opportunity for them to attend the career and technical education (CTE) Career Connections session, scheduled from 6–8 p.m. on November 21 at the Kelly Leadership Center. Open to all, this event is for students in grades 10–12 and their parents to learn more about apprenticeships and CTE-related opportunities. After that, she has a financial aid session scheduled for OPHS students on November 25 so that families can learn about, and even complete, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, with experts on hand to guide them through that complex college preparatory process.

Giving students opportunities to prepare for a successful future is Positively PWCS!


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