Welcome to Guidance! FTCHS has 4 counselors whose primary goals are to monitor and ensure the academic and emotional success of all FTCHS students. We have designed this site to serve as a resource for students and parents across a variety of topics. Please use the tabs to the left of the page to navigate your search. If you have a specific question or concern, please feel free to contact your counselor.

The Counselors Are:

Faith Hassey (last names A-F)

Elizabeth Kaisinger (last names G-K)

Christopher Logan (last names L-Q)

Lindsay Runyen (last names R-Z)

Seniors!! Check out our  upcoming ID Days!  
Reduce the college admission process to one day when participating in ID Days!
On these dates, students will be able to meet with representatives to receive instant decision regarding acceptance and possible scholarship opportunities. 

decision day


University of Pennsylvania 

Please visit for more information.

Tech It Out Philly

Splash is a weekend-long extravaganza of classes at the University of Pennsylvania, where pre-college students are invited to learn about everything and anything from passionate university students. This year Splash will be running during the weekend of November 23 at the University of Pennsylvania's Philadelphia campus. 
Students who come are able to take classes in a variety of both conventional and unconventional subjects taught by UPenn undergraduate and graduate students!  This year’s Splash is available to students in the 6th-12th grade. In addition to general classes, there will be SAT/ACT Prep and College Workshops available to students. 

When: November 23 
Where: University of Pennsylvania
Cost: $25 (Generous Financial Aid Available*)

*No student will be turned away because of their inability to pay for the program.

Please visit for more information 


Villanova University VESTED Academy

When: Spring 2020 Deadline: November 4, 2019 Who: The VESTED Academy program introduces a diverse population of students from different ethnic and social backgrounds to the traditional areas of engineering including Chemical, Civil and Environmental, Computer and Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering. The participating student on campus in the CEER Building The academy begins on January 19th and ends on April 6th. The program consists of engineering projects taught by Villanova engineering faculty and students. There are also guest speakers from Villanova University and industry. During the VESTED Academy the Office of Admissions will give a presentation on the college admissions process. The VESTED Academy occurs on seven Saturdays. This introduction to engineering that will serve as a catalyst for your students interested in STEM. The daily breakfast and lunch; bus transportation provided from Philadelphia.

Where: Villanova University College of Engineering. Please encourage other students and family members who are interested in engineering to apply at Contact: Dr. Stephen Jones at 610-519-5439


Penn State Brandywine 

The STEM Options College & Careers Program is designed for high school girls (grades 9 through 12) interested in pursuing a future in STEM. The Penn State Brandywine Admissions Office staff and STEM faculty will discuss how best to prepare for a college major in a wide variety of STEM fields, including cybersecurity, forensic science, energy engineering, health and medicine, statistics, and more.

College undergraduate STEM majors will be on-site to lead hands-on activity stations and to answer questions about college life as a pre-scientist. Admissions counselors will present on topics from how to email college staff and professors to how to search for scholarships. We encourage you to share this opportunity with the girls at your school to learn what students can do now to be STEM-ready for college and for a future in science and engineering.

The program will be held at Penn State at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia on Monday, November 25, 2019, from 9AM to 1:30PM. Lunch will be provided.

Schools may bring up to 12 girls with two teachers/chaperones. Parents/guardians may also sign up to individually bring their daughters. Chaperones/parents are required to stay on site during the program. Registration is limited to 120 girls and the deadline to register is November 1. Brandywine.PSU

STEM Careers

Penn State Days 
Penn State Open House
Wilks University
Wilks University Nursing
To register, please visit :http://https//
The Philadelphia Fire Explorers are currently recruiting students with an interest in public safety. They will be putting together a presentation on October 26/27th for those interested. If any student is interested please have them sign up for a spot. Attached is the link for the sign ups. http://https//


Moore College of Art and Design 


Full Tuition Scholarships are available for Young Artists Workshop (YAW) for the Fall Session: September 28, 2019-December 7, 2019. Please visit Young Artists Workshop Program for registration and more information.  Also, please see Ms. Runyen in Guidance for information about the scholarship portion of this program.  


UArts Pre-College Programs:  Pre-College provides enrichment opportunities in visual arts, performing arts, and creative writing for students in grades 1-12 through programs that foster exploration and embolden students to think creatively and work collaboratively.  Saturday Classes for High School Students starts October 12 and scholarship deadline is October 4.  Please visit Saturday School  for more information.  See your counselor for more information about scholarship opportunities.  


Who: High School Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

What: KYW Newstudies Program 2019 

Since 1967 KYW Newsradio has given high school students the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a major market radio station with the Newstudies student reporter program. During four Saturdays students will learn reporting, news writing, editing, ethics and interviewing skills from KYW Newsradio managers, editors, and reporters. At the end of the Newstudies program there will be a graduation ceremony. To graduate from the program students must research, write and record a news report about something in their school or community. The student’s report will air on KYW Newsradio 1060AM and a podcast of the report will be posted online.

Several students will receive special awards for their accomplishments. One award is the $2,000 Richard Monetti Scholarship.

Why: Newstudies is a wonderful program that will show you the inner workings of a major market radio station. Hopefully this program will help students decide if broadcasting is the career field for them. Many successful careers in broadcasting have started with the KYW Newstudies Program and we are ready to introduce a new crop of journalism-minded students to this exciting industry.

When: Class Sessions - Saturday October 12th, 19th, 26th and November 9th 9:00AM-Noon

(On the first Saturday please arrive between 8:30AM and 9:00AM for check-in and class assignments.)

Recording Session – Students will record their projects on Saturday November 16th

Where: KYW Newsradio

2400 Market Street, 4th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Applications: Please use the link below to submit a maximum of two nominees to the KYW Newstudies Program. The nomination deadline is Friday, September 20th 2019. Past program participants will not be accepted. Due to limited space KYW Newsradio may not be able to accept every student who submits their name by the deadline. After the nomination deadline accepted students will receive details about the program (ex. program schedule and expectations) via email. School contacts will be notified by email if their students are not accepted in the program.

Application Link: http://https//

Dress: Students should dress as they would for school. If students wear a school uniform, they can wear something more relaxed.


Juniors are encouraged to check out this program.  – Hoos First Look at University of Virginia

Hoos First Look is a new program at UVA intended to fly in low-income and/or first-generation prospective high school students to UVA. Our organization’s goal is to make students that attend our weekend fly-in program more competitive applicants in the admissions process and show them that getting into a great, public university like ours is attainable. Our program is an ALL EXPENSE PAID three-day, two-night retreat to show 20 low-income rising juniors in high school around Grounds and the lifestyle of UVA students.

The program will take place from October 25-27 this Fall, 2019. To apply, students need to fill out an application by September 8th with the priority deadline of June 9th. We encourage students to apply as soon as possible to increase their chances of admittance. Here is our website for more information, which also has the link to our application:

Please contact your counselor if you are interested.  If selected as an FTC applicant you will be required to complete the program application and required essays by 9/3.  You will meet with your counselor prior to final submission


Important Announcements:


Please be advised that we will be changing our website platform.  We will be remapping information and will send out updates as soon as possible.  In the meantime, please email your student’s counselor with any questions over the summer.  Senior planning meetings, fairs and college presentations will start at the beginning of the school year!

*Please note that students may be receiving information from private marketing companies requesting a fee to be paid for membership.  FTCHS does not provide information to these companies regarding student information.  Unless you have requested us to send student information, please consider this marketing material.  Students and parents should use their discretion when deciding to respond to this material. 


Account Access - PHEAA’s Student Portal 
Students can complete the PA State Grant Form (SGF) and update their State Grant record through Account Access at New users will need to create a username and password prior to completing the SGF and making corrections to their State Grant record. Once they are logged into their individual account, they can complete their SGF and update their State Grant Record with their choice of school. Students may also use Account Access to update information related to enrollment, program of study, and housing plans. Information regarding the student’s State Grant eligibility is also available. 


Advance College Experience (ACE)

Get a head start on college with Community College of Philadelphia’s summer ACE (Advanced College Experience) program. An opportunity that you will never forget, ACE provides college-level courses for highly motivated students going into 9th, 10th, 11th or 12 grades.  The ACE program offers a cross-section of intensive courses and includes a full semester of course material from July 9 – August 7, 2019. Courses meet Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1 to 4:30 p.m. Three ACE courses are offered online. Courses require hard work, dedication to the task and most of all, a desire to learn new and exciting academic skills. You can take two ACE courses, however, please be aware that this is a lot of work.  Please visit http://https//


Jump Start Your Career in a Year!

Year Up Greater Philadelphia is currently recruiting for its February 2019 cohort!

Year Up is a one-year, intensive education and professional development program that provides young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, corporate internships with leading companies, a stipend, and the opportunity to access college credits loan free.  Whether your goal is to jumpstart your career in an in-demand industry or continue to pursue a college degree—Year Up is the next step that can give you options. 

We provide training in the following areas of study: Business Analytics, Financial Operations and Information Technology

QUESTIONS? Contact Ariel Peterson, Recruitment Specialist, at or 215.384.4526


Interested in training for a career??? Check out Job Corps: http://https//




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