The start of a new school year is always exciting, and this year is no exception! I definitely felt those beginning of school nerves on my first day as the new Career and College Adviser here at Tyrone Area High School. My name is Kelsey Broadfield and I feel so fortunate to be working in this awesome community. Though I am new to the area, I can already feel how special it is here.
I am originally from the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. I graduated from Bennington College in 2020 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Computer Science. It was in college that my passion for working with and mentoring high school students began. As one of the first people in my family to go to college, the decision of what to do after high school was confusing for me. The uncertainty I felt about my future is what inspired me to pursue the field of career and college advising. I want to be there for the students I work with and provide the support that I felt I was missing as I graduated high school.
As the Career and College Adviser, my job is to help ALL Tyrone Area High School students,regardless of what their future plans are. I am here to guide students and families and provide information as they navigate life after high school. I am just as much here for students entering the workforce and military as I am for students attending two or four year colleges or trade schools. I want to help demystify the college and trade school application process and provide students with opportunities to learn about apprenticeships and careers that interest them.
I am very passionate about providing accessible information about financial aid and paying for opportunities after high school. I can help students with many things including resume and interview preparation, career exploration, researching colleges and trade schools, college/trade school applications, registering for the SAT, sending transcripts, finding apprenticeships,comparing college costs, and much more!
My goal for the beginning of this school year is to meet with all of the TAHS seniors individually (at least once) by winter break. I am so looking forward to getting to know the students and hearing more about their interests and future plans. I also have many events planned both in school for students, and after school for parents/families. In school, I have scheduled a number of college and career information sessions.
Representatives from colleges and trade schools will come and present the different opportunities they have available at their institutions. I am always working on adding more sessions with representatives from growing, high demand industries, local businesses, unions, military branches, and apprenticeship programs.
Financial Aid Night will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, in the High School Library. This event is a general overview of the financial aid process- we will be talking about how to pay for colleges and trade schools. Julie Fontana, a representative from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will be conducting the information session. We will also discuss scholarships, grants, and loans. This event is geared toward parents and families, but students are welcome to attend as well!
I am excited to collaborate not only with the fantastic and supportive school staff and faculty here, but with students, families, and community members as well. I encourage you to reach out to me if you have any questions or suggestions related to career and college counseling! You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned for more updates from me throughout the year.