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ACCESS Ashtabula County  

ACCESS Ashtabula County is dedicated to providing students with quality information, strategies, and resources to help them discover and pursue an educational pathway that leads to a successful and fulfilling career.
Their Mission:
The Mission of ACCESS is to present Ashtabula County students with the information, strategies and resources that are essential for progression through an educational pathway that leads to a career.
Our team strives to meet our mission by integrating into the students day to day education.  We have ACCESS advisors placed in each of the Ashtabula County public high schools; each student is guaranteed a meeting with their school's advisor.  By maintaining a regular presence in the schools our advisors are able to provide a secondary source for career guidance focused exclusively on developing individuals plans for after graduation.
Making choices about your future is an important part of your experience at Lakeside High School.
It's possible to quickly choose a career. But to find a career that's right for you, it's helpful to slow down, give it some thought, and take the time to get it right. This is useful whether you are choosing a career for the first time or changing careers for the thirty-first time.
Career exploration is not the same as job searching. Job searching is a short-term pursuit of a position that matches your financial and career goals. Career exploration is a long, progressive process of choosing education, training, and jobs that fit your interests and skills.
Visit the following website to begin your career exploration today!

Service Club Scholarships

It's good to know possible college scholarship sources before your senior year. One source is service clubs. Many national service clubs like Zonta, Rotary, and the Lions Club often raise money for college scholarships at the national as well as local levels. 

Here is a list of 29 service clubs to explore on your hunt for college scholarships.

1. Altrusa
2. American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary

3. The American Red Cross

4. The Association of Junior Leagues International
5. Boys and Girls Clubs
6. Campus Outreach Community League (COOL)
7. Circle K

8. Civitan

9. The Elks Club

10. Fraternal Order of Eagles

11. Friends of the Library
12. Kiwanis International
Local Contact:
Mr. Shouvlin at

13. Knights of Columbus

14. The National Exchange Club\

15. The National Grange

16. NeighborWorks

17. Optimist International

18. Performing Arts Center

19. Rotary and Interact

20. Rotary Club

21. Ruritan

22. Salvation Army

23. Sertoma International

24. Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA)

25. U.S. Jaycees

26. Veterans of Foreighn Wars (VFW)

27. White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation


29. Zonta International


An apprentice is someone 16 or older who is learning a career from a skilled worker and earning while they learn, all without student loan debt!
To learn more about apprenticeship programs, go to:
Each program includes a minimum of 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and 144 hours of classroom instruction each year.

12 Scholarships to Keep in Mind

Here are 12 scholarships for students interested in attending a trade/vocational school or college. Keep them someplace safe for next fall.

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AED Superstore College Scholarship. (exp 5-21-22) $1,000

AEMP Foundation Scholarship (For Heavy Equipment Technicians) $2,000

AMVETS National Four Year Scholarship ($1,000-4,000 renewable) EXP 4-30-22

ASHRAE - American  Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning  (engineering tech field)  Exp 5-1-22

Tech and Welding 
AWS Foundation - District Scholarship Program.   EXP 3-1-22

AXA Achievement - Community Scholarship ($2,000) Exp 2-1-22

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants Annual Scholarship ($1,000) No specific major.

Alan Louis Sposito Memorial Scholarship. (attached as pdf) $1,000
Pursue an accredited program for first responders, allied health, or medical profession.

Allan C. Jerome Memorial Scholarship. ($1,000)

Allyn Thiel Scholarship ($2,000)  PDF attached 
It says preference given to an Edgewood student. However, it does not say the scholarship is only for an Edgewood student. So apply!

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship ($500-$5,000) EXP 2-15-22

Gates Scholarship

Here's a link to a video about the Gates Scholarship, open to underrepresented students. It's a lengthy, but rewarding, process.

15 Career Possibilities

Not sure what you want to do after high school? Here's a list of 15 possibilities.
1. Get a job to earn and save money.
2. Do an internship.
3  Join Americorp.
4. Join the military.
5. Do an apprenticeship.
6. Attend classes at a community college.
7. Attend classes at Kent State University Ashtabula.
8. Enroll in Job Corps.
9. Take a gap year and see the world. (There are scholarships for this!)
10. Attend a trade school.
11. Start a business.
12. Volunteer for a non-profit organization.
13. Become a political activist.
14. Become an online entrepreneur.
15. Get a fellowship to invent and build new things. (Up to $100,000!)

To find out more information on any of these possibilities, make an appointment with me. Just email me and request an appointment.

Considering Military- Know Before You Join

Joining the military is not a decision to make lightly. Moreover, joining should be your decision--not one someone has talked you into, according to Stew Smith. Smith is a former Navy SEAL lieutenant and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Smith recommends that you consider the following points before you join:

1. Make sure you can explain why you want to join the military. Know what you want to do in the military, too. 
2. Be in your best possible shape before you go to boot camp. That way, you'll be up for the physical and mental challenges boot camp presents.
3. Learn about current events around the world. They can affect your possible military assignment.
4. Ace the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). Your score helps determine what you will do in the military.
5. Make a face-to-face appointment to see a military recruiter. Moreover, have a list of questions to ask before you meet.

Smith has other suggestions on what to know before you join. So, read Smith's article at:

Considering joining the military? Come talk with me about it Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays during ACCESS advising hours, first through seventh periods.