Viking Success

Viking Success

Why do schools need a Career Advising Plan?

  • Students need repeated opportunities to engage in career awareness, exploration, and planning activities (Grades 6-12 next year; Grades K-12 after)
  • Students need multiple opportunities to gain insights to their interests, aptitudes, values, and preferences related to careers
  • Students need to see the relevance/connection between school subjects and the world of work
  • Students need to gain insights to the labor market for in-demand jobs (jobs waiting to be filled)
  • Students need insights to the cost/benefit ratio for training, higher education, and cost of living expenses
  • Students need to be aware of alternative educational opportunities such as CCP, Credit Flex, Career Tech
  • Students at risk of dropping out of school need early intervention and a plan for success
Our students tell us they need all of these things, beginning as early as possible.
The purpose of this Career Advising Plan is to address these student needs.

School News


VCHS offered a FAFSA Help Nite for seniors and their parents/guardians on October 9th. This was a great opportunity for seniors to get free, expert help with completing the Free  Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), an important step to access grants and scholarships for college or trade schools. 
The next FAFSA Help Nite will be October 16th. See Andee Caudill for an appointment.
Thank you, Andee, for your support of the FAFSA Help Nites! Andee has promoted the events and managed all appointments. 
And thanks to Jenny from Rio Grande Community College/URG (pictured here with our students), for  helping our seniors complete their FAFSA's. This is a component of the Viking Success Career Advising Program. Click More+ for additional pictures.
FAFSA Help     
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October is College Application Month!

As a component of the Viking Success Career Program at VCHS, seventy-six seniors took part in College Application Month activities on October 2nd & 3rd. Most students were able to get several applications completed, and most got a good start on longer applications like the Common Application. Mrs Abele and Mrs Rippeth were on hand to coach students through the process and answer questions. The counselors will be offering another College Application Month session on October 16th to help students finish their apps. College Application Month is sponsored by Higher Ed, with the goal of getting students focused on completing their college applications between October 1st and November 15th. Click More+ for additional pictures.
College Application Month     
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Viking Success

Overview of

Vinton County Local Schools                                                                Viking Head

Viking Success Career Advising Program


The objective of the Viking Success Career Advising Program is to facilitate student awareness, exploration, and planning for future careers.  Our goal is for every Vinton County student to graduate with a well-developed plan for life beyond high school, whether it be furthering their education or training, employment, or enlistment in the military. This plan will be the result of a multitude of meaningful experiences that culminate in a strategic plan for future career success.

How does this happen?  Students in grades K-12 engage in age-appropriate activities throughout each school year that help them identify their interests, strengths, and values as they relate to the world of work, to learn about different career fields, and to develop an informed plan that helps them eventually enter the career field they desire. 

Students in grades K-5 focus primarily on Career Awareness.  Through age-level appropriate lessons and experiences, students learn about different types of careers and become interested thinking about options for future work.

Students in grades 6-8 focus primarily on Career Exploration; participating in activities that help them to learn more about different types of jobs and work environments, and begin thinking about how their interests, abilities, and values “match up” with different occupations.  They also explore options for additional training and education as a means to reach their career goals. 

Students in grades 9-12 continue exploring careers, but they also begin planning for education, employment or enlistment after high school. 

Teachers, counselors, and other staff will document their Viking Success Career Advising activities in a central database that serves as both documentation of their efforts, and as a clearinghouse of ideas for other teachers to consider. 

Parents and guardians are encouraged to check the Vinton County Local Schools website regularly to look for updates, pictures, and announcements about Viking Success activities.  For more information on how parents/guardians can help their student with career planning, please view the following document created by the Ohio Department of Education:

You can find more details about the Viking Success Career Advising Plan on school website:

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