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College and Career Center

Welcome to the Catherine E. Burden College and Career Center

The College and Career Center at Union High School plays a vital role in Union’s mission to graduation 100 percent of our students, college and/or career ready. Our staff is here to serve students and families in navigating the necessary steps to ensure a post-high school plan that is individualized to the interests and goals of each student.



College/Career Advisement

Students and parents are encouraged to make an appointment with a College and Career Advisor if they have any questions or just want to discuss post-secondary options. The advisors are happy to take appointments for after school hours if it is more convenient for parents. 

Career Connect/Internships

Career Connect offers high school juniors and seniors real-world experience through internships in various job fields within the following programs: Automotive, Construction, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood, Future Educators, Information Technology, Law Enforcement, and Manufacturing. 

Program-specific certifications and training include OSHA 10, OSHA 30, CPR, Food Handlers Permit, Ford and AC Delco, Forklift Operator Certification, college courses, and more. 

College Application

Students should begin the college application as early as the end of their junior year. The College/Career Center staff are here to help walk students and families through the process, including information about the Common Application, application essays, and transcripts. 

College Test Prep

Throughout the year, the College/Career Center offers students numerous opportunities to prepare for the ACT and SAT. These standardized tests are required by most colleges and universities, and are used to make admissions decisions. For more information about these tests and test prep classes, visit College Test Prep.

Financial Aid

The College/Career Center has a wealth of financial aid resources for students, including information and assistance with FAFSA, Oklahoma’s Promise, and scholarships. In addition to the resources listed on the scholarships and financial aid section of our website, students can find a list of scholarships in Naviance. College can be expensive, but no matter a student’s financial situation, it is possible for them to go to college or trade school!

Job Shadow

Union’s Job Shadow program offers students the opportunity to spend two hours of their school day on-site with local professionals in the career field of their choice. Students receive first-hand experience in the field and build a network of professional relationships.


Naviance is a college and career readiness platform that helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. Naviance is students’ go-to for all things college and career. In Naviance, students can:
•    Take surveys to discover their career interests, individual strengths, and learning styles
•    Explore college and career options
•    Prepare for the ACT/SAT
•    Research and compare colleges 
•    Find information on scholarships
•    Request transcripts to be sent to colleges
•    Request letters of recommendation from teachers
•    Create a personal portfolio and resume 

Service Learning

Students who participate in Service Learning go off-campus for two hours each day to volunteer with a local non-profit organization. Placements offer students valuable workplace experience. 

Tulsa Tech 

Juniors and seniors at Union High School have the opportunity to attend classes at Tulsa Technology Center in either the morning or the afternoon. A Tulsa Tech admissions representative is available in the College/Career Center Monday-Thursday during the school year to assist students in choosing a program and applying for admission. For more details, visit our Career Tech page.


Career Connect Advisors

Jenny Flower
Career Advisor (Career Connect: Industry Partnerships/Internships)
Jacob Garrison
Tulsa Tech Advisor

Linda Parker
Career Pathways Coach
(Career Connect: Service Learning / Job Shadow)

The Career Pathways Coach is funded by a Carl Perkins grant.



College and Career Advisers

Emily Ashley
College/Career Advisor
Linda Felstein
Reach Program College/Career Advisor
Chanda Gibson
College/Career Advisor