Current Parents: For up-to-date, ongoing guidance information, visit the Guidance Edline page

The NCC Guidance Department is a resource center offering a variety of information to assist students in high school academic success, college search, career exploration, test prep, and personal growth. The two full time counselors, along with the school chaplain, are dedicated to fostering the successful academic, personal, spiritual and vocational growth of every student. Counselors work with students individually as well as in groups for each of the following categories:


Academic counseling

Counselors collaborate with the student, their parents and teachers to create the schedule that is best for that student. Counselors will monitor students’ progress throughout the year and take appropriate action to promote the student achievement (meet with student/parent/teachers).


College and career counseling

Counselors provide both group and individual meetings to promote college and career readiness, including a financial aid workshop, and a college planning night.

Counselors will assist students in completing applications for college admissions, scholarships and financial aid forms. Current scholarship opportunities are updated and posted on the Guidance Edline page for current students.

College representatives visiting NCC are arranged through the Guidance Department, as are the opportunities for students to visit college campuses.

Counselors meet with students to create and update accounts for their Individual Learning Plans (ILP) KHEAA.com, and My College Options, mycollegeoptions.org, to aid students in college and career research. College representatives from various colleges schedule visits to NCC through the Guidance Department (mostly in the fall). All students are welcome to meet with the representatives.

NCC offers on site college admissions – Thomas More College, Northern Kentucky University and the University of Louisville come to NCC and do on site admissions with seniors in the fall.

Juniors and seniors are allowed to schedule up to 3 visits with colleges provided they follow the NCC policy as outlined in their student handbooks.

Seniors who commit to a college/university and are accepting a merit-based scholarship are invited to the annual Academic Signing event held at NCC in May.


Leadership opportunities 

The Guidance Department provides a variety of leadership opportunities throughout the school year as well as during the summer months. Leadership opportunities and camps are open to all students. Each spring information about summer camps and leadership opportunities is posted in the Guidance Center and on the Guidance Edline page for current students. These summer opportunities vary each year.

current opportunities:

AHEC Health Career Showcase – a one day Health Career Fair sponsored by North Central AHEC for junior and seniors.

Anthony Munoz Leadership Seminar – a one day leadership seminar for 15 faculty recommended/nominated students. Learn More

Governor’s School for the Arts – a three-week residential summer program before the junior or senior year, www.kentuckygsa.org

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs – a three-week program for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders, www.Gse.kctc.com

Governor’s Scholar Program – a five-week residential program during the summer before the senior year, www.gsp.ky.gov

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (HOBY) – a three–day summer leadership program for 1- 2 rising juniors. Selection is based on an essay the student submits during the fall of the sophomore year. Learn More

Kentucky Girls/Boys State – a one week leadership opportunity for junior girls and boys who are interested in learning about government and citizenship in the State of Kentucky kyboysstate.org or kygirlsstate.org

Regional Youth Leadership (RYL) – a once-per-month leadership development program for 1-2 high school juniors. Applications and acceptance is in the winter of the sophomore year. (www.nkychamber.com).

University of Cincinnati/Carl Lindner College of Business – 2 juniors/seniors interested in business are invited to an informational counselors breakfast. (one in the fall and one in the spring) Learn More

UK Rising Star – University of Kentucky invites one rising junior to campus for events during the summer. Selection is based on student’s GPA, RANK and interest in UK. Learn More

West Point Leadership and Ethics Seminar – a one day leadership conference offered annually to 2 sophomores (selected by social studies department/student government)

Youth Summit - a one day leadership seminar hosted by the Campbell County Drug Free Alliance is open to students in grades 9-12 who are a member of the Make a Change Club.



Counselors work with students on issues that prevent students from performing their best in the classroom and school environment, including but not limited to: depression, stress/anxiety management, grief counseling, drug and alcohol education, and suicide prevention awareness. When needed, the counselor will provide parents with information on community resources for professional diagnosis and therapy.


Standardized Testing

The counselors oversee the standardized testing program (High School Placement Test [HSPT], PreACT [practice ACT], PSAT [practice SAT]), the ACT and all AP exams.


MORE Guidance Services

The Guidance Department schedules guest speakers to inform and educate students on topics such as Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Internet safety, Safe environment (sexual abuse prevention) and Suicide prevention.


Guidance Club

Make a Change Club is a student-led club open to all students who want to recognize and help with issues facing NCC students and community such as, but not limited to, bullying, drug abuse prevention, stress/mental health.


Jenny Mertle, jmertle@ncchs.com


Robyn Kellinghaus, rkellinghaus@ncchs.com