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Our annual Newsletter is packed with information for students with most of the current information that comes through our office. Please use this as a vital resource for this school year.

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Upward Bound

Upward Bound is excited to announce the addition of a new program at Altoona Area High School. Upward Bound  an academic program empowering a diverse population of motivated low-income and potential first-generation to college high school students to reach their full potential, while positively impacting their families and communities.  The program provides opportunities for its scholars to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. 
Upward Bound Programs creates a supportive community and implements comprehensive services and opportunities which foster student growth through academic and cultural enrichment, social interaction, and service to others.
Upward Bound hopes to empower and inspire its scholars to succeed, to celebrate their cultural identities and those of others in whatever postsecondary path they choose, and to increase the number of students in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who enroll and succeed in post- secondary education.

To learn more about Upward Bound and complete the online application click HERE.
Paper applications are also available in the AAHS Guidance Office.


Selective Service System

Federal Law requires nearly all male US citizens and male immigrants, 18 through 25, to register with Selective Service. Selective Service registration is required by law as the first part of a fair and equitable system that, if authorized by the President and Congress, would rapidly provide personnel to the Department of Defense while at the same time providing an Alternative Service Program for conscientious objectors. By registering, a young man remains eligible for jobs, state-based student aid in 31 states, Federally-funded job training, and U.S. citizenship for immigrant men. To register for Selective Service please visit: https://www.sss.gov/register/
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Opportunity to Become a Drone Pilot


Drone Pilot

Our local IU8 is looking for students aged 16 (or almost 16) and older to join them for a free camp on becoming a drone pilot. This is only open to 12 students per county. You must be able to attend all 5 days of the camp. Once you complete the 5 days, you will receive a voucher to take the test at the Johnstown airport. Once you pass the test (the pass rate is extremely high when the course is completed) then you will get a drone ($600 value). This is such a great opportunity! Please consider applying at: 

Not sure what to do after High School? Explore our Academic Planning Pathways!

Guidance Office Phone Number:  (814) 946-8277
Guidance Fax Number:  (814) 505-1502
Hours of Service:  Monday – Friday 7:15 AM – 2:45 PM during regularly scheduled school days
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