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Career Center News 9/14/2020

Dear FHS Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Parents:  I hope you all had a great first week of school.  For those of you who are new to Fairfax, welcome! I am the College & Career Specialist at FHS, and I specialize in working with students in three areas:  college planning, career planning, and scholarships and financial aid. 

 

While many things are different this year, the Career Center News is the same.  This is an electronic newsletter of all the information I receive in the Career Center.  Think of it as a list of OPPORTUNITIES…college information sessions, college fairs, volunteer and leadership opportunities, part-time jobs, internships, career programs, and diverse events at various colleges. 

 

One thing that has changed over the summer is the log-in to Naviance. As a reminder, Naviance is every FCPS student’s on-line college and career planning tool.  It is an excellent resource for students of all grades…get more familiar with it this year!  To sign onto Naviance, go to this page:  https://www.fcps.edu/naviance (I recommend bookmarking it) and click on “Student Naviance Login.”  Due to this change, all students will receive this newsletter in their fcpsschools.net email account now, but parents will continue to receive this newsletter in their email address listed in Blackboard.  I have noticed that there are formatting issues now (i.e., a lot of spaces) in the emails that students receive from Naviance, so I have made a copy of this newsletter and included as an attachment for ease of reviewing.  (Attachment will be at the bottom of this email.)

 

I have worked hard over the last four weeks to make sure that the resources that were available to students in-person are now available virtually.  I have compiled all my favorite handouts and resources in the virtual FHS Career Center:  FHS Virtual Career Center  (Note: Students must use their fcpsschools.net account to view. Parents need to log into their student’s fcpsschools.net account to access.)

 

I am currently in the process of coordinating over 30 virtual college visits exclusively for FHS students.  Starting September 21, these college visits will be held on Monday mornings (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) and after school on Tuesdays (3:15-5:00 pm).  I already have confirmations from many of your favorite Virginia schools (VIrginia Tech, JMU, GMU, VCU, UVA) and some popular out-of-state schools as well (Penn State, GT, Johns Hopkins and Duke).  Students can sign up for these visits now on Naviance.  Go to: Colleges – Colleges Home – Scroll down to College Visits – Click on “Select More” for the complete list.  You must register for the visit in order to receive the link.  Once the virtual college visit list is completely finalized, I will send in a separate email. 

 

If you have any questions about this information, please feel free to contact me at @email

 

Maureen Kim

College & Career Center Specialist

Fairfax High School Career Center

3501 Rebel Run

Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-219-2204

@email

 

For resources on college planning, career planning, scholarships and financial aid, check out: FHS Virtual Career Center

To contact your FHS School Counselor, go to:  Student Services Virtual Office

(Students must use their fcpsschools.net account to view. Parents need to log into their student’s fcpsschools.net account to access the above links.)

 

NOTE:  I will be available for students’ questions during ALL lunches (Tuesdays-Fridays) through my Google Classroom.  Join with this code:  iigpve2

 

If you would like to schedule an after-school virtual appointment, please email me: @email.  First quarter appointments are reserved for seniors. 

 

 

VIRTUAL COLLEGE INFORMATION SESSIONS:

University of Southern California

Lucy Negash, Admission Counselor for the USC, invites Fairfax HS and a few other local high schools for a virtual visit on:

Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM (EST). Students can register using this link: https://applyto.usc.edu/register/?id=7cfec4f7-91aa-4de4-bf58-b371649eda40

 

Exploring College Options is a special informational program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of five of the country's leading universities: Duke UniversityGeorgetown UniversityHarvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University. This fall we are pleased to invite you and your family to join us for a 90-minute webinar to help you explore your college options and prepare a strong and reflective application in this time of change and new challenges. During the program, admission officers from our five universities will introduce their institutions, discuss the college application process, answer general questions, and provide individual school breakout sessions.

Please register for the webinar date and time that best fits your schedule. 

Wednesday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m. EDT

Sunday, October 4 at 4:00 p.m. EDT

Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 pm EDT

Sunday, October 18 at 4:00 p.m. EDT

Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. EDT

Sunday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m. EST

Sunday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. EST

Register at:  https://www.exploringcollegeoptions.org/

 

Virtual Peach State Tour

Learn more about Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, and the University of Georgia. The event is FREE and open to ALL high school students and their families, but space is limited! Register online today to secure your spot for one of the Out-of-State Sessions: http://www.peachstatetour.org/students.html

Monday, Sept. 14 @ 6:00 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 15 @ 6:00 pm (SPANISH)

Wednesday, Sept. 16 @ 6:00 pm

Thursday, Sept. 17 @ 6:00 pm

 

The Association of International Regional Representatives - North America (AIRR-NA) warmly invites you to attend our Wednesday Webinar events, taking place this September through December. These webinars will cover a range of topics, from general tips about studying at international universities to specific information about the countries represented in AIRR-NA's membership. Each session will start at 7:30pm Eastern Time US. Please see below for the list of webinar topics, dates, and registration information.

September 16 - Why Study Overseas? Debunking Myths & Sharing Benefits

October 7 - Study Down Under: Australia & New Zealand

October 21 - American Universities Abroad/Mainland Europe

November 4 - U Can Do UCAS: Applying to University in the U.K.

November 18 - Study in Ireland

December 2 - The Student Experience Abroad

December 16 - The College Essay

Register at: https://www.airr-na.org/events/wednesday-webinars/

 

Butler University Open House

Sept. 16 @ 6:30-8:30 pm

Join the Office of Admission for our virtual Open House! Tailored to prospective high school seniors and transfer students, these virtual events, held in Zoom, include college-specific breakout sessions, information about Butler’s academic offerings and student life, special opportunities to meet our admission counseling team, and (of course!) Butler Blue IV, our live mascot. You’ll connect with current students, faculty, and staff, all from the comfort of your home, and in only two hours (we get it—Zoom fatigue is real!). Register here: https://www.butler.edu/open-house

 

Meet the Metropolitan Universities!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 7:00 PM Central Daylight Time/8:00 EST

What do Southern Methodist University, George Washington University, Tulane University, Northeastern University, and University of Miami all have in common? All are top research institutions located in five of America’s best college cities—and all are members of the Metropolitan University group! Join admission representatives from each school while we share the unique aspects of our institutions during an evening information session. Register here:

https://apply.tulane.edu/register/?id=c704f62f-8a64-4cc0-8a87-d91a42e44a82

 

VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS:

Coalition for College

Free, virtual college fair. The event features 130+ colleges and universities all committed to access, affordability and student success.

Wednesday, Sept. 16 @ 6-10 pm

Thursday, Sept. 17 @ 7-10 pm

See which schools will be there and choose your rooms at: 

https://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/september-virtual-college-fair?utm_source=counselors&utm_medium=email&utm_content=students&utm_campaign=events

   

HBCU College Tour

Sept. 19 @ 4:00 pm

HBCU Alumni Alliances, Inc. Affiliates, Atlanta, Chicago, and DC Metro have teamed up again to bring you a bigger and better HBCU virtual college tour experience. Learn more information about this Nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Scholarship Opportunities, and much more.  There will also be an opportunity for onsite admissions, small group conversations with universities admissions, and informational sessions to help prepare students for college. This is definitely an event you don’t want to miss.  Note: There is a $5 charge for this virtual fair. 

Register TODAY: https://hopin.to/events/virtual-hbcu-college-tour-fall-2020?fbclid=IwAR0XXISMw322viO84PhNUi8AdBidVNEkMHHbcyjE2qRpcWda6QTNiJopLGQ

 

The Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Counselors (VACRAO) is proud to present our Virtual College Exploration program, for all Virginia students, September 14-November 5. 

The eight-week program consists of hundreds of opportunities for students to learn about the college search process and about many different colleges through panel presentations and weekly Virtual College Fairs. 

Students will gain a wealth of college knowledge, get exposure to a variety of colleges, and have the opportunity to ask questions of admission counselors, all in a safe, flexible, online environment.

All high school students, transfer students, parents, and counselors throughout Virginia are all welcome to attend. Participation is free. Students should participate live so they can ask questions and interact with the college admission counselors. If students are unable to attend live, we still encourage them to register for the sessions they are interested in and recordings will be available later.

Sept. 21-25: Freshman admissions panel presentations

For more information and registration details, see: https://www.strivescan.com/virginia/

 

Virtual Education Fair – Sept. 24 @ 2-8 pm

Meet virtually with universities from Canada and around the world from the comfort of your home.

Chat live with representatives from universities and professional schools during the fair. Learn about undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas, and certificate programs at home and abroad. Ask about admission requirements, and available scholarships.

Taking a gap year? Visit the student travel booths to find out more about gap year options, including work abroad.

Check the fair webinar schedule on our website: https://www.studyandgoabroad.com/virtual-education-fair/webinars/

See which institutions are attending here: https://www.studyandgoabroad.com/virtual-education-fair/exhibitor-list/

Pre-register for the fair for FREE here: https://saga.easyvirtualfair.com/

 

National Association of Colleges and Universities (NACAC) Virtual College Fairs:

Meet with over 600+ colleges and universities

Monday, Oct. 12 @ 1-9 pm ET

Sunday, Oct. 18 @ 12-8 pm ET

Sunday, Nov. 8 @ 2-10 pm ET

Free event.  Sign up at:  https://virtualcollegefairs.org/

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SENIORS APPLYING TO THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY:

CAPT Ralita Hildebrand, Fairfax High School’s Blue and Gold Officer, has informed me that the USNA is having problems with their Admissions system and she cannot see students who are applying.  If you are applying to the Naval Academy, please see the attached letter (on the bottom of this email) and contact CAPT Hildebrand as soon as possible so she can assist you: @email, cell: 703-609-2741

 

SAT/ACT INFORMATION:

The late deadline to register for September 26 SAT is Sept. 15.  To register, go to:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat

The deadline to register for the Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, and Oct. 25 ACT is Sept. 25.  There are no late feesTo register, go to:  http://www.act.org/

 

Note: Students who are on free or reduced lunch should contact Ms. Kim at @email for a fee waiver.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES:

Sundog Productions, LLC

Entry Level workers needed for production facility

Positions available in:

Quality Control (sorting & inspecting finished goods), Screen Printing & Dye Work (messy job)

No experience needed!

Starting pay= $10.00 per hour

Contact Allison Moser, Sundog Productions: @email

 

Autobell Care Wash – 45655 Shepard Dr, Sterling, VA

Must be 16 years or older; Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license; maintain a professional, safe and neat appearance.  Apply online at:  autobell.com/jobs

 

Aftercare and Summer Camp Teachers (McLean/Tyson’s Corner) Compensation: $10 - $13 per hr Position: Part Time or Full Time Hours: Between 6:30am – 6:30pm Estimated Start Date: August – September 2020

The T.E.A. Center www.theteacenter.org

We are looking for individuals who love kids, are highly motivated, dependable, will help with homework and online class support, regardless of your current discipline. This is an onsite job opportunity. We will train those with no teaching experience and they are encouraged to apply.

Assistant Teacher Duties Typical but Not Limited to:

- Online virtual learning assistant for students ages 5-12 years -Teaching daily curriculum classes such as yoga and mindfulness (all teachers will receive prior training) -Communicate information correctly, professionally and positively to parents. -Conduct fun activities while ensuring that all classes are high energy and fun. -Supervise and interact with children positively. -Teach enrichment class/classes and help with daily homework -Assist with all internal and external marketing -Prefer experience working with children -Comfortable teaching K thru 6th grade -Must be 15 years or older

** Requirements: All applicants must: Be very reliable and dependable; Be customer service oriented; Have a charismatic personality and Be able To Pass A Background Check. Please email your resume to @email or @email

 

VOLUNTEEER OPPORTUNITIES:

GIVE Youth Tutoring

As a high school student-run non-profit founded in 2010, our mission is to provide free tutoring services and enrichment opportunities in order to empower the youth in the Northern Virginia region through education and mentorship. For more information and to volunteer, see:  https://www.giveyouth.org/

 

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

William & Mary Courageous Leadership Institute Pre-College Fall Program 

The Institute is a 4-week program comprising asynchronous learning and synchronous keynote speakers, small group discussion, and facilitated reflection. This innovative institute will expose participants to some of William & Mary’s most distinguished faculty and alumni across education, public policy, and nonprofits. And, through moderated discussions with William & Mary students, participants identify and refine their values and rumble with vulnerability on the road to becoming more compassionate and courageous leaders. Students who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion from William & Mary’s Courageous Leadership Institute, and emerge better equipped to step into their values, especially when it is hard. 

Who: 10th, 11th & 12th-grade students in HS across the US

When: Online for 4 weeks, One night/week for 60-75 minutes/week. When registering please sign up for one session NEW SESSIONS ADDED: Mondays beginning October 12. Register here:  https://tribelink.wm.edu/submitter/form/start/440416

The Institute is free to all students.

 

CAREER PROGRAMS:

Girls Computing League hosts an Artificial Intelligence Summit

Saturday, Sept. 19

Get an introduction to the rapidly developing field of artificial intelligence through workshops, admissions/student panels, and a competition with thousands in cash prizes! Open to all Middle and High Schoolers! To learn more and register, go to https://bit.ly/3eT6ET3

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMS:

Davidson Admission Intensive (free)

Join the Davidson admission team for a workshop series designed to prepare you for your college search and application process. 

Sessions are for rising high school juniors and seniors, with session options for parents and mentors in the evening. 

You can register up to 5:00 on the day of the event.  Register here: https://www.davidson.edu/admission-and-financial-aid/admission-intensive

 

Columbia University’s Programs for High School Students are offering our Academic Year Immersion program in an online format for Fall 2020. We are proud to deliver a rigorous, 10-week academic program with more than 40 courses offered on Saturdays and Sundays for two hours in the morning or afternoon.

Each weekend, students can take advantage of extra-curricular opportunities, including our College Prep Series. These workshops present insider tips on starting the college search process, utilizing the Common Application, and making each part of the application a true reflection of the student’s best self.

Interested applicants can have their application fee waived by using this code: HSIM220. Cost is $1500 per course. 

For more information, see: http://precollege.sps.columbia.edu/highschool/academic-year-immersion

Important Dates:

Application Submit Deadline - Thursday, September 17th

Application Complete Deadline - Wednesday, September 30th

Classes Start - Saturday, October 17th and/or Sunday, October 18th

For questions, contact Michael O’Malley at @email

 

Johns Hopkins: Supplemental Essay Workshop (free)

Sunday, September 20 | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

This is your chance to get an inside view on the role of the supplemental essay within the college application. We’ll analyze and compare Hopkins supplemental essay excerpts to understand the role of the supplemental essay and how to strengthen your own writing in the college process.

To register, go to:  https://apply.jhu.edu/campus-and-community/workshops/

 

Johns Hopkins: Telling Your Story Workshop (free)

Thursday, September 24 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn how to use your experiences and passions to tell an authentic and cohesive story of who you are through the holistic admissions process. With admissions officer guidance, you can look forward to analyzing and comparing example essay excerpts and activities lists to learn how to make the most of different portions of your application and tell your own unique story.

To register, go to:  https://apply.jhu.edu/campus-and-community/workshops/

 

Virtual Voices of Tufts Diversity Experience (Oct. 17 & 18)

Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, this is a two-day online visit program designed to introduce high school seniors to diversity and community at Tufts University. Participants have the opportunity to learn more about Tufts through guided virtual tours with current students, interactive student panels, application and financial aid presentations, and conversations with representatives from our identity-based resource centers. There is no cost to participate in this virtual program and all applicants to Voices will have their Tufts application fee waived. Completed applications are due by 5:00 pm Friday, Sept. 18: https://admissions.tufts.edu/voices/voices-home/

 

University of Richmond’s MOVE: Multicultural Online Visit Experience

October 15 - 16, 2020

MOVE is a two-day, virtual program for underrepresented and underserved students in their senior year in high school. MOVE is designed to introduce you and your family to Richmond through a variety of perspectives on student life. Faculty, staff, and student panelists, along with multicultural affairs professionals, will share their experiences and resources for support at Richmond.  Students who might be a great fit for this program and our community at UR based on the criteria below:

  • High school senior
  • Self-identify as a member of a historically underrepresented population (African American, Asian American, biracial/multiracial, Latino/a, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander) -OR- is interested in issues of diversity and inclusion 
  • Has at least a 3.6 cumulative GPA
  • Active member of their community

The deadline to apply is October 1.  This is a free program. For more information and application, see: https://connect.richmond.edu/register/MOVE-2020-Interest-Form

 

Congressional App Challenge

To be eligible to participate in the Congressional App Challenge, you must be a middle or high school student at the time of app submission. Students may register as individuals or as teams of up to four. No more than four students are allowed to form a team. STUDENTS CAN USE ANY PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE (example: C, C++, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, “block code,” etc.) and ANY PLATFORM (PC, web, tablet, robot, mobile, etc.). There are NO LIMITS on application theme or topic! The deadline to submit is October 19.  For complete rules and more information, see: https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/students/rules/

 

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR SENIORS:

Questbridge National College Match

QuestBridge connects outstanding students from low-income backgrounds with admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation's best colleges. Typical College Match Finalists: Have all A's in the most challenging courses available and display intellectual curiosity and strong writing ability, score above 1310 on the SAT or over 28 on the ACT; and qualify for free or reduced lunch. Students who do not have standardized test scores can still be selected as Finalists if the rest of their application is strong; however, they should ensure they meet the standardized testing requirements for each college partner they're interested in. Application Requirements: Detailed academic and financial information; essays and short answers, current high school transcript; two letters of recommendation from high school teachers; a secondary school report from a high school counselor and any available standardized test scores. The completed application is due by September 29: http://www.questbridge.org/

If you are interested in applying, please discuss with your Counselor AS SOON AS POSSIBLE but no later than Tuesday, Sept. 22.   

 

 

For the complete FCPS database of Enrichment Programs, go to Naviance: College Tab, Research Colleges, Enrichment Programs

For the complete FCPS database of Scholarships, go to Naviance: College Tab, Scholarships & Money, Scholarship List

 

These materials are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or Fairfax High School.

Advertisement of this opportunity does not constitute sponsorship or endorsement of the sponsoring organization or the enrichment opportunity by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific FCPS school. This opportunity utilizes Zoom, an online technology video and web conferencing tool that has not been approved for use in FCPS by the FCPS Department of Information Technology. Numerous outside organizations are utilizing Zoom to provide services and resources to students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review and agree to the Terms of Service and User Agreements for Zoom before participating.

 

Advertisement of this opportunity does not constitute sponsorship or endorsement of the sponsoring organization or the enrichment opportunity by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific FCPS school. This opportunity may utilize a technology tool that has not been assessed by the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review and agree to the Terms of Service and User Agreements for any technology platform that enrichment opportunity may use before participating.