College & Career Resource Center


The College Career Resource Center (CCRC) is available to our students to assist them in preparing for life after high school. Choosing a career path can be a difficult decision. When students have some idea of the type of career they are interested in, it helps determine a college major or what type of specialty, trade school or training option would be required to accomplish their career goals.

The topics/webpages listed in the right hand menu under the CCRC will help students work through the process of deciding on a career and/or a college. It provides the tools necessary to travel through the post-high school planning process.

Our primary research tools are as follows:

Naviance:  (Students can sign in using their school gmail login but parents need a registration code to set up an account linked to their students. Codes are sent to parents/guardians freshman year and each year following for any who did not previously sign up.)

SCOIR  (Students can sign in using their school gmail login)


The CCRC is open on school days as follows:
7:15am to 3:30pm M-F
To set up individual appointments, contact the CCRC Assistant.


Cindy Szymanski


Amy Thompson


Mrs. Thompson is available for individual appointments with seniors only during the first semester and students in any grade level during second semester of the school year. Each student has an assigned counselor who can answer many post-high school planning questions as well. Parents and students have access to their assigned counselor all year.

To set up an appointment, from early August to early June, please call Mrs. Cindy Szymanski at 630-617-24 or email at

Thank you!


York High School's Counseling Department works to help students and their families prepare for life after high school. In that light, here is a list of this year's programming offered via the College & Career Resource Center.


Date, Time, Location

Name of Program Target Audience Brief Description

Thursday, January 18th @7pm

Google Meets*


Monday, January 22nd @10:30am or Noon

In person

FAFSA Completion Workshops

*To sign up for the Google Meets Workshop, please complete THIS GOOGLE FORM

Seniors and their Parent(s)/Guardian(s) These workshops will afford families time to work on their FAFSA and have personnel available to answer any questions that may arise. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) provides support for this program.

Monday, January 22nd:


Google Meets*

College Planning Night: Paying for College

*To sign up to receive the Google Meets link, please complete THIS GOOGLE FORM

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and their student(s) in Grades 9, 10, 11.

Welcome and Breakout Sessions: 

  • Understanding the FAFSA
  • Tools to Help You Prepare
  • How Colleges Create Aid Packages

Monday, January 29th through Friday, February 9th

Various Times 

Via PE classes in Person

Know Your Resources for Post-High School Planning Juniors

Juniors will attend small group sessions to learn the "ins and outs" of using online college planning tools. 

Monday, February 26th



Life After York Q&A: Parent-to-Parent Advice on College and Other Paths to Success Parents of Freshmen, Sophomores, or Juniors York's Academic Boosters, in conjunction with the York Counseling Department will provide round table discussions featuring a wide range of topics for parents to choose from. The set-up is "speed-dating style" so parents can select to go to the tables featuring the topics they are most interested in learning more about and to ask questions.

Wednesdays in March

Google Meets

Alumni Visit Days Any York Student Any student at York is invited to speak with recent York grads about the college they attend, the transition to college, what to expect, and to ask about all the other questions or concerns they have regarding life after high school. 


COD Field Trip   TBD



Duke Decision Day Seniors Seniors are invited to share their post-high school decision.


Date/Time/Location Name of Program Target Audience Brief Description
Info sent via Parent Square in late July.
Same info sent to seniors on 7/31
  • Various times and dates.
In Person and Recording Available after in-person sessions are concluded.
Senior Summer Sessions
Seniors applying to four-year colleges/universities and their parent(s)/guardian(s).
To sign up for a session, go to        THIS LINK
An essential component of the application process is being organized and being able to request and track transcripts & letters of rec. Naviance is THE tool to use. Video tutorials will be posted to the Class of 2024 Google Classroom.

Fri., August 11:

  • 9am-Noon  OR 
  • 1pm-4pm

RSVP Required. See Link.

In Person, Check in on 2nd floor of Academic Building near the south atrium stairs. 

Senior App Camp


Seniors applying to four-year colleges.

To sign up, go to this LINK.

Three 50 minute sessions to assist seniors with college applications, essays, and Using Naviance. Students who attend App Camp do NOT need to sign up for the Senior Summer Session.

Mon., August 7: 


(Informational Meeting in Cafeteria)


Mon., August 14: 


(Onboarding via Zoom or CCRC)


Greenlight Match College Applications

Seniors interested in applying to four-year schools.

RSVP for Info session at this LINK

Seniors are welcome to attend the information session with a parent/guardian before deciding if they wish to participate. This INFOGRAPHIC explains the benefits gained from last year’s pilot. Last year, the following colleges participated and more colleges will participate this year.

Sat., August 19th 

  • 8am-11:30am

In-Person  (Cafeteria/Commons)

Senior Parent Saturday Senior Parents/ Guardians Welcome & Breakout Sessions covering topics: Financial Aid, College Application Process, IEP's/504's in College, Alternatives to traditional college. See the message sent to senior parent/guardians for full details.
Sunday, August 20:
  • 8pm
Naviance Transcript Requests 
AND Google Form Requests
Parent consent, Google Form & Naviance requests required.

Wed., October 4:

  • Periods 1-5

Field Trip via Invitation

National Hispanic College Fair Juniors interested in attending four-year colleges will be invited to attend. A college fair, held at Aurora University will highlight numerous colleges seeking to enroll Hispanic/Latinx students.

Mon., November 6:

  • 7pm


College Information Night: Junior Parents

Parent(s)/guardian(s) of Juniors

Attend in person OR attend virtually, sign up via the links, below to receive the Zoom link that morning:


RSVP HERE (Spanish)

Pressing topics for junior students and parents will be presented: Testing, Career Search, College Search, Course Selection, & more.

Mon., November 6:

  • Periods 3-8
  • Rooms TBA

Tues., November 7: 

  • Periods 1-2
  • Cafeteria

Tues., November 7:

  • 7pm via Google Meets
  • This session for any seniors who missed the in-person sessions
Junior Post-High School Planning Meetings Juniors Juniors are expected to attend a session to learn more about how to start digging in to their post-high school planning process.

Mon, November 20:


Cafeteria & Commons

College Information Night: Students with IEP's & 504's Parents/Guardians and Students who have an IEP or 504 plan and would like to learn more about how this impacts college admission. This program will provide an overview of the most essential information that parents/guardians and students should know about what to expect when applying to, enrolling in, and attending college and what services can look like in college. 

Due to the Department of Education updates to the FAFSA, our workshops will be held in January for the Class of 2024. See below for details.

FAFSA Completion Workshops

Seniors and their Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

RSVP Required. Link to sign up will be available once dates are determined.

These workshops are for families to  complete and submit their FAFSA. Since the FAFSA is scheduled to open in December, we have to wait until we know the exact date.

Monday, December 4th


Flex Lab/South LC



College of DuPage Information Night

Seniors planning to attend COD

Learn about applying, scholarships, financial aid, placement testing, advising & more!

Friday, December 8th

@Lunch Periods


COD Application Day Seniors applying to COD Seniors who have not yet applied to COD but plan to attend, should bring their lunch & chromebooks to receive support as they complete their COD applications.