McDowell County Schools

Unleashing the potential of every student every day.

Guidance and Counseling

Bonita Miano, Director
(304) 436-8441 ext. 241

Educational, vocational, and school counselors provide individuals and groups with career and educational counseling. In school settings—elementary through post secondary—they are usually called school counselors and they work with students, including those considered to be at risk and those with special needs. They advocate for students and work with other individuals and organizations to promote the academic, career, and personal and social development of children and youths. School counselors help students evaluate their abilities, interests, talents, and personality characteristics in order to develop realistic academic and career goals. Counselors use interviews, counseling sessions, tests, or other methods in evaluating and advising students. High school counselors advise students regarding college majors, admission requirements, entrance exams, financial aid, trade or technical schools, and apprenticeship programs. They help students develop job search skills such as resume writing and interviewing techniques. College career planning and placement counselors assist alumni or students with career development and job-hunting techniques.

Elementary school counselors observe younger children during classroom and play activities and confer with their teachers and parents to evaluate the children’s strengths, problems, or special needs. They also help students develop good study habits. Elementary school counselors do less vocational and academic counseling than do secondary school counselors.

School counselors at all levels help students understand and deal with social, behavioral, and personal problems. These counselors emphasize preventive and developmental counseling to provide students with the life skills needed to deal with problems before they occur and to enhance the student’s personal, social, and academic growth. Counselors provide special services, including alcohol and drug prevention programs and conflict resolution classes. Counselors also try to identify cases of domestic abuse and other family problems that can affect a student’s development. Counselors work with students individually, with small groups, or with entire classes. They consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, medical professionals, and social workers in order to develop and implement strategies to help students be successful in the education system.
 

Scholarship Applications 

 
Connie S. Sameth Music Scholarship      
         Application
 
ArcelorMittal Scholarship
         Application
  
Castrodale Scholarship
         Application
         Renewal
         
Castrodale Scholarship - Education Degree
         Application   
 
Castrodale - Vecellio Family
         Application
         Renewal
          
Witherspoon Alexander Scholarship
         Application
         Renewal
         Criteria
 
Katherine Noel Edwards Scholarship
         Application
 
 
 
 
The last day for submission is May 4, 2015 at 8:00 am.
 
Send applications and renewals directly to:
 
          Bonita Miano
          Director of Student Services
          30 Central Avenue
          Welch, WV 24801
 
Submissions made near the deadline should also be faxed to Bonita Miano at 304-436-3048.

Last Modified on July 13, 2015
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