College & Career Readiness









Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.   Proverbs 20:15

Contact Information 

Tonya M. Trepinski-Ochoa, PhD

College, Career, & Vocational Advisor



Seniors…please make sure you are informing me of any colleges you have applied to, are accepted to, and your 1st choice.  In addition, please let me know of any scholarships you have been offered.  You will be submitted in to a drawing for each thing you give me.

Monday, September 25th from 9:50am – 12:30pm (St. Joe’s):

Mini-College fair for ALL grades!  Parents are encouraged to stop by as well.  Please feel FREE to invite any friends from other schools as well.

This is a chance to meet some of our more popular school representatives.  Find out what your child needs to do to be accepted at their school if you are in 9th or 10th.  If you are a junior, get to know the application process and your rep…they can help a lot!  If you are a senior, this is your last chance to get some valuable information about your future!

Attending so far:

Austin College, Baylor, Concordia University, Howard Simmons University, Louisiana State University, McLennan Community, Southern Methodist University, St. Edwards (9:30 – 12:00), Tarleton, Texas Tech, University of Alabama, University of Arkansas, University of Dallas, University of Missouri, University of North Texas, University of Oregon, and more…

Wednesday, September 27th from 6 – 8pm (PAC):

This will be a presentation on how to accurately apply to Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)! If your child is a senior, this is an imperative meeting!  However, it is good for all grades to know what this process looks like.  Ms. Robbie Stabeno knows ALL the ins and outs of FAFSA.  She can help you with any questions, “tricks”, concerns, etc. that have to do with filling this application out.  The application opens October 1 and the sooner you fill it out the better your chances are for receiving funds.  PLEASE remember that even if you think you make too much money to receive aid, you MUST fill this out in order to be considered for most scholarships through the university and some local and national as well.  Ms. Stabeno is also a great resource for scholarships as well!  Please come and take advantage of her!

Directly following her presentation, I will have a questions and answer session for you to ask whatever is on your mind.  I can’t promise I will have the answer, but if I don’t, I can find out.  Ms. Celeste Sheehy from Baylor financial and Ms. Amber McCreery, a college consultant will also be here.  This session is good for ALL grades.  It is NEVER too early to start planning for college.

Please feel FREE to invite any friends from other schools as well.

Monday, October 23rd from 6 – 7 & 7 – 8pm (TBA):

This will be an introduction to Naviance for parents and students.  If only the parent can come, that is fine as well.

You will be introduced to the family connection and many other resources available to your student in this program.  There are SO many amazing things you can do on Naviance, but I need to teach you how!  For example, you can literally do a “super match” where you put in all kinds of details, such as the size of the college you desire, whether you want Greek life or not, how much you are looking to pay, GPA and test scores, what areas you would like the school to be in, what degree plans, etc. and it will tell you what schools are a good match for your child!  Keep in mind, your student MUST be familiar with this program as it is how they will navigate their documentation requests for their application.  I will be training them at school as well, but parental support is a plus.

This will take place in a computer lab so you MUST RSVP in order to have enough seats.  If there are too many participants, we will have to do more than one session.  You can choose either 6 – 7 or 7 – 8.


September 26th: 9:53 – 10:23 University of Missouri, Columbia

September 26th: 12:05 – 12:35 (lunch) Rice University

September 26th: 9:53 – 10:23 University of Missouri, Columbia

October 12th: 9:53 – 10:23 Stephen F. Austin

October 24th: 9:53 – 10:23 Abilene Christian University



University of Tulsa

Below is a list of the University of Tulsa’s visit programs for the upcoming school year. Please share with any students interested in visiting The University of Tulsa. Program descriptions can be found

  • Sunday, September 24 – TU Financial Aid Workshop for Parents
  • Friday, October 20 – TU Up Close for Sophomores & Juniors
  • Sunday-Monday, November 12-13 – Tulsa Time Overnight Visit Program for Seniors
  • Monday, January 15 – TU Up Close for Sophomores & Juniors
  • Sunday-Monday, February 18-19 – Tulsa Time Overnight Visit Program for Seniors
  • Thursday-Friday, March 29-30 – Tulsa Time Overnight Visit Program for Seniors


The College Counseling Program seeks to meet the needs of students from Grades 9 through their transition to college. In conjunction with the guidance counselor, careful attention is paid to academic schedules, standardized testing, and exposure to career possibilities and, for seniors, college application support.

Following are several of the basic job functions of the advisor:

  • Meet with new students and parents regarding a Four-Year Plan.
  • Meet with returning students annually regarding progress on Four-Year Plan.
  • Maintain individual student accounts on Naviance, a college-counseling web-based program. Included on site are records for each student in following areas: Learning Style Inventory, Personality Profile (based on Myers-Briggs), Holland Code (Career map), Resumé, College List, and College Applications. Students and parents each have an account to reference the student’s information.
  • Guide students through the applyTexas tool in order to consolidate several different college interests in to one main application.
  • Maintain resource library of scholarship, essay contest and summer opportunities for all students.
  • Plan College Day: All juniors and seniors spend one day on a college campus arranged through the College Counseling Center (additional days available for visiting colleges, see Student/Parent Handbook for guidelines).
  • Host College Information Day, an evening conference for all students, specifically juniors and parents to begin the 16-month college application process.
  • Hold appointments with each junior and their parent/s as requested, to develop individual college plan.
  • Host parent nights throughout the year on various topics related to College Counseling Center.
  • Host roundtable discussions on issues faced by teens: e.g. divorced parents, substance abuse, depression, eating healthily, relationships, anger, and study skills.

There are some college preparation needs that I share responsibility for with our school guidance counselor, Mrs. Conners.  Please refer to her for the following functions.

  • Maintain graduation checklist for each student, ensuring students are meeting Texas and Diocesan graduation requirements.
  • Coordinate various tests throughout the year.
  • Recording test scores in Naviance.
  • Guidance with dual credit and AP courses.