Guidance Department



Welcome to the guidance department page. My name is Paul Durkee and I work as the Guidance Director and Registrar at Manitowoc Lutheran High School.  On this page you will find many options to help students plan their future education and career decisions.

Students and parents are welcome to visit, ask questions, or set up an appointment with me to help set education and career paths that best suit your God-given gifts, interests, and situation.  

The MLHS Guidance Department works with education & career planning decisions regarding post high school.

Class planning throughout the high school years to meet needs for graduation requirements and career pursuits

From traditional to technical to specialty; including preparation, application, and admissions

Resources available include job search, job shadow coordination, and online material

In-person meetings between MLHS students and college & military representatives

Introduction of and processes to apply for college, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities

Summer programs, as well as community and MLHS leadership growth opportunities

Made available for college, employment, and scholarship opportunities. To order a transcript visit

The MLHS Guidance Department welcomes parents and students to feel free to visit, ask questions, and set up an appointment to meet with Paul Durkee to help set education and career paths that best suit your God-given gifts, interests, and situation.

Deciding on a Career

  • Xello - Built with thousands of hours of research with educators, Xello puts students at the heart of their journey of self-discovery.

  • Mapping Your Future -  From exploring careers to helping you prepare and pay for college, Mapping Your Future provides programs to help people achieve financial wellness and lead successful lives.

  • MajorMania - Discover your major across the majors and fields of study offered through the University of Wisconsin System

  • My Majors - Finding a major can be tough.  With My Majors 15-minute assessment, find recommended best-fit majors that match your academic achievement, aptitude, unique interests, and preferences.

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook - The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a career resource offering information on the hundreds of occupations that provide most of jobs in the United States. Find details such as work environment, typical education needed, median pay for workers and job outlook over the coming decade.

  • Sallie Mae - Sallie Mae helps you to put your college planning on track. With many scholarship options, help with navigating money decisions, even building a customized financial plan for college, salliemae is a bank that provides many helpful resources.

  • Lakeshore Health Care Alliance - Lakeshore Health Care Alliance is a collaboration of health care, educational and community organizations in Sheboygan and Manitowoc Counties.

Choosing a College

  • Campus Tours - CampusTours builds video tours, photorealistic interactive campus maps and walking tours for places worldwide.

  • College Source, Inc - Using their custom programs, College Source helps with academic planning and transfer credit evaluation.

  • GoCollege - From the Financial Aid Finder, to help with admission essays and test taking, GoCollege helps students explore local schools, majors, how to pay for school & ensuring they succeed in college.

  • WI Technical Colleges - The Wisconsin Technical College System offers more than 500 associate degree, technical diploma and short-term certificate options.

  • WI Private Colleges - created by The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, this website helps students find schools that are nonprofit, fully accredited, degree-granting institutions.

  • College Board Online - a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success.

  • College View - Discovering your dream school just got easier.  Search from the database of more than 3,000 college and universities to find the best advanced degree opportunities for you.

  • - Created through a partnership of multiple groups, KnowHow2GO encourages young people to prepare for college using four simple steps.

  • UW-Help - Explore all 26 UW System Campuses, learn the various items you need to complete your application and information on financial aid options for the UW System.

Applying for College

Financial Information for College

Forms for Current Students


& AP/Dual Credit Class Information

Trying to keep everything straight can be hard to do. Get some good information below regarding the ACT, SAT, or AP Exams.  For more information, be sure to contact the Guidance Department and talk to Mr. Durkee.

ACT Exam Information

Most of our students take the ACT test at least once. It is a requirement by most colleges and universities for admissions. ACT tests scores can have several impacts from the availability of scholarships to financial aid, we encourage our students to be well prepared for the exam.

At MLHS our juniors take the ACT test during the school day in spring, which falls within the state required testing window. MLHS juniors will be automatically registered for the test at MLHS. This ACT test is the same test that is offered through the country on ACT National Test Dates.


Typically, the ACT test is offered on National Test Dates in September, October, December, February, April, and June for seniors or juniors who decide to take the test more than once. It is important to note that the registration deadline is approximately 5 weeks prior to the test date. You can find information about National Test Dates and registration on the ACT website.


Registering for the ACT Test is a rather involved process, incorporating many questions about courses that have been (and will be) taken, grades, career goals, and more. Allow some time to go through the form and thoroughly answer the questions. You will have the ability to list the schools to which you want the test results sent.

ACT Test Preparation

Try out these test prep options! (Dates for these prep tests are announced leading up to the test.)

  • MLHS offered ACT Test prep on Saturday mornings leading up to test in the following subject areas:

    • Science

    • English

    • Math

  • ACT offers online test prep and test prep guides.

You can also find ACT test prep apps for your phone:

SAT Exam Information

Some students may want to take the SAT as it is required by some colleges for their post-secondary education. The SAT is a rigorous test and the score will potentially have a great impact on scholarships and possible financial aid. A prep class for the SAT is not offered at MLHS; you can search online for test prep options. The Guidance Office does have a limited number of SAT Student Study Guides available for students.

For more information on the SAT, practice and registration, information and deadlines, check the College Board website.

AP/Duel Credit Classes

MLHS Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which provide the top students a collegiate experience and the opportunity to earn college credit, are offered in Calculus and these classes are part of the MLHS curriculum and count towards the minimum academic load of six classes. Online AP courses do not count toward this total and need to follow the policies that govern our alternative education offerings.


Advanced Placement courses may be taken by students that observe the stated prerequisites and have been granted approval by the faculty chair of the department under which the AP class falls. A GPA of 3.0 and faculty chair approval must also be obtained.


Dual Credit are also available through Manitowoc Lutheran High School.

  • Dual enrollment courses are college level courses offered by an accredited university or college. Students that successfully complete these courses receive both high school and college credit.

  • In addition to the online class requirements listed, students must have a GPA of 3.0

  • Dual Credit Course grades will be entered on the MLHS transcript but will follow the grading scale of the originating institution.


AP/Dual Credit courses receive a weight increase of 0.33 in GPA points due to the nature of the course content.



This is a good place to start to search for various scholarships.

Another good resource to search for scholarships

National resource for Lutheran scholarships through Beta Sigma Psi, must be attending a university with a Beta Sig chapter.

Below is a list of current scholarship options we have received at MLHS for students to apply to.   Please review the requirements and deadlines carefully.


2022 Manitowoc County Farm Progress Days Donald R. Peterson Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving individual who has been accepted to a 4-year degree program in an Ag-related field to one of the following universities: UW-River Falls, UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, or UW-Stevens Point. Application deadline is April 1st, 2022. ​

2022 Manitowoc County University of Wisconsin Agriculture Alumni Association Scholarships

The Manitowoc County UW-Agriculture Alumni Association Board is pleased to announce that several scholarships will be available for students from Manitowoc County enrolling in agriculture and life sciences majors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Platteville, River Falls, Green Bay or Stevens Point. Application deadline is April 1st, 2022

Oratorical Scholarship sponsored by the American Legion - Students who are interested in the Constitution and citizenship can compete for up to $25,000.  Students will compete at various levels and have opportunities to earn scholarships at each level.  Our post covers the rural region Southwest of Manitowoc county.  Please go online and find more information at We are planning to have the first Post 477 competition about the second week of December in the vicinity of St. Nazianz.  


Engineers Foundation of Wisconsin - The Engineers Foundation of Wisconsin, a non-profit foundation of the National Society of Professional Engineers-Wisconsin (NSPE-WI), is pleased to send you information regarding our Engineering Scholarships. The scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors who plan to study engineering at a four-year ABET/EAC accredited program leading to a baccalaureate degree in engineering and intend to enter the profession of engineering upon graduation.  For more information, view their letter here or visit


Badger Boys State - Upon arriving at the 2022 session of Badger Boys State, participants will become citizens of one of 27 cities and one of 9 counties within Badger Boys State. Citizens are tasked with electing public officials at the city, county, and state levels and governing effectively throughout the session.
Through this process, young leaders not only learn the fundamentals of civics, but also develop the interpersonal skills and confidence necessary for the next generation of leaders to feel empowered to be leaders in their local communities. The next generation of leaders, just like any before them, have immense societal challenges to address, and our staff takes seriously our responsibility in helping young leaders develop the education and skills needed to make a positive impact. View the full brochure here or visit for more information.

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The purpose of the Youth Apprenticeship is a school to work program to train students who plan to enter the work-force directly after high school, or who plan to enroll in a technical college or a university in an occupationally-related degree program.

  1. The student must be in grade 11 or 12.

  2. If a student in grade 11 desires involvement in the YA program, they must receive approval from Administration.

  3. A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.

  4. One Practical Arts elective credit must be earned per semester for a minimum of three hour/day work experience.

  5. If accepted, the student must take a minimum of four classes in addition to Youth Apprenticeship.


Job Opportunities

Below is a list of employers or persons that have contacted MLHS in search of an MLHS student to employ.

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