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Career Center News 10/5/2021

October 5, 2021

 

Dear FHS Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Parents:  The Career Center News is an electronic newsletter of all the information I receive in the Career Center.  Think of it as a list of OPPORTUNITIES…College visits to FHS, college information sessions, college fairs, volunteer and leadership opportunities, part-time jobs, internships, career programs, and diverse events at various colleges. 

 

Attached is copy of this newsletter for ease of reviewing.  (Attachment will be at the bottom of this email.)

 

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

 

Maureen Kim

College & Career Specialist

Fairfax High School Career Center

3501 Lion Run

Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-219-2204

Fax: 703-219-2297

@email

 

For resources on college planning, career planning, scholarships and financial aid, check out: 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.)

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please email me: @email

Please note my first quarter appointments are reserved for seniors. 

 

 

FHS College Visits:

The following College Admissions Officers are visiting FHS soon….

  • Wednesday, Oct. 6: University of Kentucky (10:30), American (1:30), and UVA (2:15)
  • Friday, Oct. 8: Haverford College (9:00)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12: Radford (9:00), Purdue (9:45) and University of Cincinnati (11:30)

Note: The following college has recently scheduled a visit:

  • Emerson College – Oct. 19 @ 11:30

See Naviance - College Visits for complete list.  Sign up on Naviance – College Visits (https://www.fcps.edu/naviance) and ask your teacher to be excused 24 hours before the visit. 

 

FCPS EVENTS:

FCPS Virtual College Week will take place Monday, October 18 - Thursday, October 21, 2021.

Registration is required to attend:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/college-and-career-planning/college-fair-and-college-night

Monday, October 18:

5:00 pm: Paying for College

6:00 pm: Dual Enrollment

7:00 pm: Standardized Testing in the College Process

 

Tuesday, October 19:

5:00 pm: Study in Spain

6:00 pm: What 9th Grade Students Need to Know about College

7:00 pm: Consideration for Students with Disabilities in the College Processes and Beyond

 

Wednesday, October 20:

5:00 pm:  Are you Common App ready?

6:00 pm: Exploring Naviance

7:00 pm: Applying to a Military Academy

 

Thursday, October 21:

5:00 pm: AP/IB in FCPS

6:00 pm: Scholarship 101

7:00 pm: Write the Truth: A Guide to College Essays

For more information, see:  https://www.fcps.edu/resources/college-and-career-planning/college-fair-and-college-night

 

Teachers for Tomorrow College Night Showcase (Oct. 4-8 from 6-8 pm virtually)

Targeted Audience:  Seniors in Teacher for Tomorrow courses or Early Childhood Careers; however, we welcome any and all students interested in learning about the education programs at these universities and colleges.   Each college/university will have approximately 20 minutes each to explain specific incentives that are being offered to students and follow with questions from parents and students.

Date:  October 4th - October 8th, 2021 from 6pm -8pm virtually. 

See Attached (bottom of email):  College/University presentation schedule and the ZOOM links to connect.

 

Moving onto Life in the Community Virtual Resource Fair

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This resource fair assists parents, guardians, and caretakers with future planning for students with intellectual disabilities who may require ongoing supports after graduating from high school. Participants include representatives from vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living, and advocacy programs.  To register, go to:  https://www.fcps.edu/event/moving-life-community-virtual-resource-fair

 

VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS:

National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) Upcoming Virtual College Fairs:

October 14 @ 5:00-9:00 pm EDT – Midwest Fair

October 24 @ 1:00-6:00 pm EDT – Signature Fair 

November 2 @ 4:00-8:00 pm EDT – Arts & STEM Fair

November 14 @ 1:00-6:00 pm EST – Signature Fair

Sign up here: https://virtualcollegefairs.org/conventions

 

The Coalition for College hosts virtual college fairs designed to help students build smart college lists. 140 schools will participate.  All schools participating are members of the Coalition, meaning they have a proven commitment to access, affordability and student success. The Coalition will host a virtual college fair Oct. 5 & 6, 2021. The fair is free, and students and student supporters are welcome to register for as many sessions as they like.

Learn more at: coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/october-virtual-college-fair

 

VIRTUAL COLLEGE INFORMATION SESSIONS:

Harvard, Princeton, UVA, Wellesley, and Yale Virtual Information Session

Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM until 8:15 PM, Eastern Daylight Time

Admissions representatives from Harvard, Princeton, UVA, Wellesley, and Yale will discuss academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions and financial aid. Advance registration is required: https://apps.admissions.yale.edu/register/?id=8e12e567-2c43-41a9-b13e-3bc96c6553c1

 

European Universities Consortium’s Study In Europe

October 6, 5-8 PM PST

Learn about 8 renowned European universities:  IE University, Brussels School of Governance, Bocconi, EHL, Carl Benz School, Jacobs University, Trinity College Dublin, and Modul University (Vienna).  For more information, see: https://europeanuniversities.eu/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Poster-EUC-USCanCaribb-Fall-2021.pdf

INPERSON COLLEGE INFORMATION SESSIONS:

Discover USC - University of Southern California

Monday, October 11, 7-9:00 pm

The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

This program will provide students and their families the opportunity to meet admission counselors, representatives from various academic departments, alumni, and other prospective students and their families.

To register, go to:  https://applyto.usc.edu/portal/DiscoverUSC_Domestic?id=55dd6080-589f-4d72-a4cd-27946cfa73c4

 

SAT/ACT INFORMATION:

The next SAT is on November 6.  The regular registration deadline is Oct. 8.  To register, go to:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat

The next ACT is on December 11.  The regular registration deadline is Nov. 5.  To register, go to:  http://www.act.org/

Note: Students who are on free or reduced lunch should contact Ms. Kim at @email, or see her in the Career Center, for a fee waiver.

 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY:

City of Fairfax Schools Communications Intern Job Description (Juniors/Seniors)

Description The City of Fairfax Schools seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist marketing and communications efforts to tell stories about Fairfax HS to the City of Fairfax community. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of marketing while working in a flexible work environment. The Communications Intern will work independently and on a team to fulfill organizational goals and initiatives related to programming and events.

Qualifications: – This internship is for current Fairfax HS seniors and juniors. Academy students welcome to apply, but focus will only be on Fairfax HS.

  • Student must be in good academic standing and attendance with a 2.5 GPA or above. A teacher reference will be required.

· Firm grasp of social media tools and platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Access to all three platforms a plus. 

· Interest/Curiosity in a variety of groups and organizations in Fairfax HS to find, write and promote stories about for our website, e-newsletter and other publications.

· No previous experience needed. Emphasis on responsibility, enthusiasm, creativity and flexibility.

· Desire to learn about the basic principles of public relations, journalism/writing and marketing.

· Access to technology including laptop (school issued laptop or personal), cell phone with camera.

· Exposure to graphic design websites such as Canva a plus, but not requirement.

· Self-starter, time management, creative, with ability to communicate in a professional manner.

Responsibilities:

· Assist in planning, writing and managing stories about Fairfax HS. Interview students and teachers.

· Create plan to increase awareness of social media platforms within and outside of the school.

· Research, pitch and manage stories to local and national publications. 

· Provide ideas to update City of Fairfax Schools’ social media accounts. 

· Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for marketing and communications

Start Date: October 2021 – June 2022. Meeting 1x per month for 1 hour before/after school or during Lion Time with teacher permission. Work 3-5 hours per month. Hours, meeting times are flexible with student schedule. Hours can/will increase or decrease depending on student’s homework, college applications, tests, after school schedules or at the student’s request. 

Compensation: $500 honorarium

To Apply:  Two ways to apply:

Email Carrie Dorsey, Communications Manager at @email and include application as attachment.  For more information and application, see attachments at bottom of this email. 

Go to our website www.CityofFairfaxSchools.org/apps/form/intern and fill out the application online.

Applications due by October 8th.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: 

The Woodlands Retirement Living Community -  4320 Forest Hill Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

Several part-time job opportunities available for students!  We are looking for part-time servers to work evenings and weekends starting at $16.00 per hour plus a $250.00 Sign-On Bonus.  We are always looking for talented, self-motivated individuals to join our team! If interested in beginning a culinary career as a Dining Room Server, please see attached flyer.  Apply online: https://thewoodlandsccrc.com/ or come in person to apply.

 

Flint School – Now Hiring AfterCare Counselors

The AfterCare Counselors support the experience of students and faculty and embrace the mission, vision, and core values of the school, the Flint Hill Statement of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, and the Portrait of the Flint Hill Student.

Sample of Responsibilities & Duties

● Provide for the safety and security of Flint Hill’s JK - 8th grade students in the afternoons, and on teacher workdays and delayed start days as available.

● Actively supervise and plan a variety of fun and engaging activities for students participation across our multiple campuses

● Assisting students with homework

● Interact positively with parents and faculty

Benefits of this Position

● Shift works well with classes (3:30pm - 6pm; Monday - Friday)

● Competitive Pay & Referral Bonuses

○ $15 - $20/hour w/ HS Diploma

○ $12/hour - Current High Schoolers

● Experience working with students JK - 8th Grade

● Valuable connections with Faculty & Administration

● Free membership to Fairfax County Rec Centers

Contact Matt McCoart, Director of After School and Summer Programs, (571) 752-1630, @email, or see FHS Career Center Jobs Book for QR code to application. 

 

COLLEGE CAMPUS EVENTS:

George Mason University - Mason Fall Premiere

Sunday, October 17, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Event will include: A snapshot of student life, An opportunity to meet faculty & staff from your anticipated major, An opportunity to interact with your admissions counselor, An opportunity to meet current students, Campus Tour, Freshman Housing Tour, Honors College Panel and so much more!

To register, go to:  https://events.admissions.gmu.edu/

 

Virginia Tech Open Houses:

Saturday, Nov. 6 & Sunday, Nov. 7

Choose one day to visit campus, eat some of our amazing food, learn more about majors that interest you, check out student life and much more!

To register, go to:  https://admit.vt.edu/portal/open_house

 

University of Mary Washington (UMW) Fall Open Houses (HS)

October 16 (on-campus)

October 30 (virtual)

November 6 (on-campus)

Students can register at https://www.umw.edu/admissions/visit/

 

UVA School of Architecture Tours

Friday, Oct. 15 & Friday, Nov. 19, 11:30-1:00

To register, go to:  https://www.arch.virginia.edu/events/ugrad-info-sessions-and-tours-fall-2021

 

Christopher Newport Open House

Oct. 23, 8:30 am – 1 pm

Register online and view the full schedule: https://cnu.edu/admission/freshman/toursandevents/openhouse/

West Virginia University:

Discover WVU Open House (in-person): The on-campus Discover WVU open house events will be held on Oct. 23 and Nov. 13. Students can customize their experience, meet other students and explore topics from admissions and housing to student life and academics. Registration Link: https://www.wvu.edu/events/discover

Go First Fridays (in-person): These on-campus events will be held on various Fridays throughout the Fall. Students will experience campus the day before a WVU home football game and will partake in a campus tour, tailgate snacks, on-the-spot admission decisions and more! Registration Link: https://www.wvu.edu/events/go-first-fridays

 

Sweet Briar College Fall Open Houses:

October 23 & November 6

To register, go to:  https://admissions.sbc.edu/portal/fall_open_house?scid=

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

NOVA Information Sessions Dedicated to the Latinx/Hispanic Communities

The Office of Recruitment & Admissions is pleased to announce we will be offering several opportunities for the Latinx community to learn more about the many benefits of receiving an education at NOVA. Sessions will be offered in Spanish. Our knowledgeable counselors will share about the many programs that we offer, how to complete the steps for enrollment and the many resources available to help ensure a smooth transition to the college including scholarship and financial support. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about NOVA to join us for one of our upcoming sessions, either in person or via Zoom: 

Thursday, October 7th, 6:00-7:00pm via Zoom: 

 https://vccs.zoom.us/j/89998784149?pwd=V0xwRTEydU9pZEUwSFh3Z1JGZHM2QT09 

Passcode:   351181 

 

Journey to Bucknell (virtual Nov. 7–10)

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a high school senior from a traditionally underrepresented group, including but not limited to African American, Asian American, biracial/multiracial, Latinx, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, first-generation, religiously diverse and/or LGBTQIA.
  • Be enrolled in an academically rigorous program of study with a minimum unweighted grade point average of 3.5.

The application deadline is Oct. 11, 2021: https://www.bucknell.edu/meet-bucknell/plan-visit/camps-conferences-visit-programs/journey-bucknell

 

Davidson College’s FREE Fall Admissions Intensive Workshops For juniors and seniors:

Oct. 11

Essay Writing 201: Brainstorming

 

Oct. 18

Leveraging Your Activities List and Supplemental Materials

 

Oct. 25

What Do You Do After You Hit Submit?

 

All sessions are at 7:00 pm. To register, go to:  https://admission.davidson.edu/portal/fallintensives

 

The Coalition will host six panel discussions during the Fall 2021 semester. Each will feature a short presentation, followed by a Q&A with Coalition member schools. Students and student supporters can submit questions in advance and ask questions live during the sessions.

Four of the six panels will also be offered in concurrent Spanish-language sessions. All six will be recorded, with captions in English and Spanish, and shared with those who register. 

Oct. 13: Admissions & the Arts

Oct. 21: Finding a Fit at Large Public Schools

Oct. 27: Completing the FAFSA | Completando la FAFSA

Nov. 10: First-Generation College Student Stories | Experiencias de estudiantes universitarios de primera generación

Nov. 16: Completing the CSS Profile | Completando el CSS Profile

All events found here: https://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/events

 

Prudential Emerging Visionaries is a national recognition program that celebrates young people for their innovative solutions to financial and societal challenges facing their communities. If that sounds like you, you may be an Emerging Visionary! Now through November 4, 2021, we are accepting applications from young leaders ages 14-18 who are bringing powerful vision and real change to their communities. The program supports young people across the country who are making change that focuses on two categories: solutions to financial barriers and solutions to social issues. If selected, you may qualify for up to $15,000 in awards and an all-expenses paid trip with your parent or guardian to Prudential headquarters, as well as coaching and skills development to help take your solution to the next level.  

The deadline to apply is Nov. 4.  For more information, see:  https://challenges.changemakers.com/challenge/emergingvisionaries

 

Primeros Pasos @ VCU

November 13

VCU Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Ave, Richmond, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University presents a one-day program designed to provide Latinx high school students and their families with an overview of the college experience and opportunities in higher education.  Learn more and register here: https://www.vcu.edu/admissions/visit-vcu/events/primeros-pasos/

 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Willow Springs Glow Party – October 22

Willow Springs PTA is sponsoring the first ever glow party and we need your help to make it super fun.  Please review the available slots on the Sign-up Genius:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4aa8ac2aa13-willow1  CONTACT Jill Mossman, @email FOR VOLUNTEER HOUR CONFIRMATION

 

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES:

For 10th graders:  Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS)

VSCS is a program for High School Sophomores focusing on the science, engineering, and technology integral to current missions at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.  This dynamic (and FREE) program, designed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), inspires students who  possess technical and/or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers.  The program features two key elements. The first is a dynamic on-line science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experience featuring five modules. Upon completion of the online program, top performing scholars may be invited to attend a seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA, where scholars will learn first hand from NASA professionals and their partners about the latest, cutting edge technologies and missions. The deadline to apply is October 17.  For complete details, see: https://vsgc.odu.edu/spacecoast/

 

For 11th and 12th graders:  Virginia Earth System Science Scholars Program (VESSS) – June 25-July 1, 2022 or July 16-22, 2022

VESSS engages students in NASA’s latest challenge - designing satellite missions to improve understanding of our own planet’s complex systems.  The VESSS online course will guide you to explore and analyze data related to NASA's seven major Earth Science missions. Students who participate in VESSS broaden their understanding of the science that drives NASA's research and engineering and work to mitigate the effects of climate change. If you are selected to attend a VESSS Summer Academy, you will work closely with NASA scientists, engineers, and other mentors from both industry and academia to design a satellite mission that builds on NASA's current body of work. The deadline to apply is October 24.  For complete details, see: https://vsgc.odu.edu/vesss/

 

For 11th and 12th graders: Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS)

The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience, highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.  Students selected to participate in the program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists. The deadline to apply is October 24.  For complete details, see: https://vsgc.odu.edu/vasts/

 

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for high school students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.  The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating high school students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.  SEAP is providing competitive research internships to 300 high school students this year. Participating students spend eight weeks during the summer doing research at 37 DoN laboratories.

The deadline to apply is November 1.  For more information, see:  https://navalsteminterns.us/seap/

 

Scripps Howard Emerging Journalists Program at Elon University 

Offers the ideal opportunity for high school students to explore what it means to be a journalist, to report and to produce news that informs communities. And it’s free. The first session was offered on Sept. 23, but it’s not too late to apply and participate in our five remaining monthly virtual interactive learning sessions that will help build foundational journalism skills. Any high school junior who completes all six will be invited to apply for a free immersive summer on-campus residential learning workshop to run June 20 - July 1, 2022. The summer immersion component is specifically for students of diverse socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds.  Interested students may apply at www.elon.edu/ejp.  For question, contact: Colin Donohue at @email or call 336-278-5850

 

CAREER PROGRAMS:

Women + Technology: Virtual Bot-a-Thon Challenge

Oct. 11, 2021 from 3pm to 7pm

GDIT’s annual Women + Tech event brings together women at different stages of their careers for an inspiring and engaging event that showcases actionable tools, insights, and networking to support career growth and mobility. New for 2021 is an extension of this program to engage young women in their junior and senior year of high school with a Bot-a-Thon hosted by GDIT with partners Deloitte, UiPath and STEM for Her. Students will learn about Robotics Process Automation (RPA) and use those new RPA skills to solve a problem related to Humanitarianism, Cyber Threats, Social Activism and Mental Health. Certificate of completion will be provided to all students who participate in the program. Teams will be judged on a set of criteria including innovation, creativity, impact, and technical functionality. The members of selected teams will receive scholarships for use with school-related costs. This year's Women + Tech theme is Moving Mountains: In a year of immense challenges – many of which were disproportionately shouldered by women – we recognize the importance of empowerment, resiliency, and elevating others. Without question, women helping other women and allies helping women – sometimes moving proverbial mountains to do so – will ensure even more women can reach the top, together. The deadline to register is Oct. 7. For more information, see:  https://events.bizzabo.com/354042

 

The Virginia Tech Landscape Architecture Program is hosting a career webinar about Landscape Architecture Careers specifically for FCPS middle and high school students. The session will be presented by Mr. Chuck Ware, Landscape Architect. The session will highlight opportunities in landscape architecture careers and include time for questions. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 12, from 7-8 pm. Open to Fairfax County Middle and High School Students.  Use the registration link to secure your spot by no later than Monday, October 11, 2021: https://bit.ly/LandscapeArch2021

Zoom link will be emailed 24 hours before the virtual event.

FCPS Contact: Matt Bechtel, @email

 

Virginia Latino Higher Education Network (VALHEN) in partnership with Marymount University presents: Empowering Future Tech Careers at Marymount University

November 13 & December 4, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm What will the tech jobs be in five to six years’ time? How do you get ready for these jobs? This one-day program enables students interested in technology to imagine their future in a diverse, highly-paid, and challenging career. This program is only open to students living in Virginia that are currently high school juniors or seniors. Please complete this application to the best of your ability. If you are admitted to the program, you will receive an email by October 20th. If you are not admitted to the program, you will also be notified by email. We will admit on a rolling basis so you could find out earlier, depending on when you apply. The maximum amount of students will be 36.  Submitting an application is also a permission release to use any photos or video you may be in during the program. If you have technical issues with your application or questions or concerns about the program, please contact program assistant, Whitney Maine at: @email. Application Deadline: October 15, 11:59 PM. Location: Marymount University, Ballston Center, 1000 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22201 To register, go to:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FrtNvTYKj_ZXALYWoW3-ykmORp3J_M29WKrGSORom8Q/viewform?edit_requested=true

 

Virginia Williams High School Career Forum

The Virginia Williams High School Career Association, Inc.(VWHSCA) (formerly the Fort Hunt High School- Black Cultural Alliance Alumni High School Career Forum) will host the annual High School Career Forum (HSCF) for all high school students, grades 9-12 on Sat. Oct 23, 2021, from 11am-1pm.  This is a virtual event. A moderated panel will share detailed information (education/training) about different career fields available to high school students after graduation.  Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A session.  Confirmed panelists for this year's HSCF are representatives of the Medical Profession (Nurse Educator), STEM (NASA-Goddard), Trades, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, First Responder, Office of Talent/Acquisition and Management of Fairfax County Public Schools, Visual Media Company (Entrepreneur), Public Affairs Specialist and College Campus Security.

High school students can register at @email by Thurs. Oct 21, 2021.  We ask that they provide their first and last name, grade and contact info (email & phone number).  Registration is required to receive login information for this event.  Registration is free. 

 

For the complete FCPS database of Enrichment Programs, go to Naviance, https://www.fcps.edu/Naviance: Colleges - Enrichment Programs

For the complete FCPS database of Scholarships, go to Naviance, https://www.fcps.edu/Naviance: Colleges - Scholarship List - Local & Regional Scholarships

 

 

DISCLAIMER: Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or this 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 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.

Career Center News 9/20/2021

Dear FHS Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and Parents:  I hope the school year is off to a great start.  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. 

 

The Career Center News is an electronic newsletter of all the information I receive in the Career Center.  Think of it as a list of OPPORTUNITIES…College visits to FHS, college information sessions, college fairs, volunteer and leadership opportunities, part-time jobs, internships, career programs, and diverse events at various colleges. 

 

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.”  All students will receive this newsletter in their fcpsschools.net email account, but parents will continue to receive this newsletter in the email address listed in SIS.  I have noticed that there are formatting issues (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.)

 

Please come to the FHS College Visits!  We have about 50 more college visits scheduled between now and the end of October.  Sophomores, juniors and seniors can attend these visits during the school day.  Students should sign up in Naviance – Colleges – College Visits and they need to ask their teacher’s permission to be excused at least 24 hours before the visit.

 

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

 

Maureen Kim

College & Career Specialist

Fairfax High School Career Center

3501 Lion Run

Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-219-2204

Fax: 703-219-2297

@email

 

For resources on college planning, career planning, scholarships and financial aid, check out: 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.)

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please email me: @email

Please note my first quarter appointments are reserved for seniors. 

 

 

FHS College Visits:

The following College Admissions Officers are visiting FHS this week….

  • On Monday, Sept. 20: College of Charleston (9:00 am) & Providence College (10:30 am)
  • On Tuesday, Sept. 21: Xavier University (11:30 am), University of Mary Washington (12:45 pm), Old Dominion (1:30 pm), & Stevens Institute of Technology (2:15 pm)
  • On Thursday, Sept. 23:  Roanoke College (11:30 am), Ohio University (12:45 pm), & Longwood (1:30 pm).
  • On Friday, Sept. 24: VCU (9:00 am), Emory (9:45 am) and East Carolina University (10:30 am).

See Naviance College Visits for complete list.  Sign up on Naviance – College Visits (https://www.fcps.edu/naviance) and ask your teachers to be excused 24 hours before the visit. 

 

VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS:

Potomac & Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling (PCACAC) Fall College Fair

September 20 @ 5:00-7:45 pm

Register for sessions to meet up to 6 colleges:  https://www.strivescan.com/pcacac/

 

National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) Upcoming Virtual College Fairs:

Sept. 28 @ 4:00-8:00 pm EDT – Northeastern US Fair  

October 3 @ 1:00-6:00 pm EDT – Signature Fair 

October 14 @ 5:00-9:00 pm EDT – Midwest Fair

October 24 @ 1:00-6:00 pm EDT – Signature Fair 

November 2 @ 4:00-8:00 pm EDT – Arts & STEM Fair

November 14 @ 1:00-6:00 pm EST – Signature Fair

Sign up here: https://virtualcollegefairs.org/conventions

 

The Coalition for College hosts virtual college fairs designed to help students build smart college lists. 140 schools will participate.  All schools participating are members of the Coalition, meaning they have a proven commitment to access, affordability and student success. The Coalition will host a virtual college fair Oct. 5 & 6, 2021. The fair is free, and students and student supporters are welcome to register for as many sessions as they like.

Learn more: coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/october-virtual-college-fair

 

VIRTUAL COLLEGE INFORMATION SESSIONS:

Purdue University, Olin College of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College and Georgia Institute of Technology welcome you to the 2021 CUBE TOUR:

Tuesday, Sept. 21 @ 8:00-9:00 PM EST Pull up a chair, get comfortable and enjoy:

  • Engineering Program overviews for each school,
  • a rundown of admissions changes,
  • and a Q&A/panel discussion!

To register, go to:  https://apply.purdue.edu/register/?id=8083a160-c1b7-471c-874a-9f9db6e244ac

 

Greater Atlanta-area Colleges Spotlight

Agnes Scott College, Emory, Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Oglethorpe University, SCAD, Spelman College and University of Georgia

Wednesday, Sept. 29 - Thursday, Sept. 30

For more information and to register, go to:  https://www.strivescan.com/atlanta/

 

SAT/ACT INFORMATION:

The next SAT is on October 2.  The late registration deadline is Sept. 21.  To register, go to:  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat

The next ACT is on October 23.  The late registration deadline is Oct. 1.  To register, go to:  http://www.act.org/

Note: Students who are on free or reduced lunch should contact Ms. Kim at @email, or see her in the Career Center, for a fee waiver.

 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY:

City of Fairfax Schools Communications Intern Job Description (Juniors/Seniors)

Description The City of Fairfax Schools seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist marketing and communications efforts to tell stories about Fairfax HS to the City of Fairfax community. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of marketing while working in a flexible work environment. The Communications Intern will work independently and on a team to fulfill organizational goals and initiatives related to programming and events.

Qualifications: – This internship is for current Fairfax HS seniors and juniors. Academy students welcome to apply, but focus will only be on Fairfax HS.

  • Student must be in good academic standing and attendance with a 2.5 GPA or above. A teacher reference will be required.

· Firm grasp of social media tools and platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Access to all three platforms a plus. 

· Interest/Curiosity in a variety of groups and organizations in Fairfax HS to find, write and promote stories about for our website, e-newsletter and other publications.

· No previous experience needed. Emphasis on responsibility, enthusiasm, creativity and flexibility.

· Desire to learn about the basic principles of public relations, journalism/writing and marketing.

· Access to technology including laptop (school issued laptop or personal), cell phone with camera.

· Exposure to graphic design websites such as Canva a plus, but not requirement.

· Self-starter, time management, creative, with ability to communicate in a professional manner.

Responsibilities:

· Assist in planning, writing and managing stories about Fairfax HS. Interview students and teachers.

· Create plan to increase awareness of social media platforms within and outside of the school.

· Research, pitch and manage stories to local and national publications. 

· Provide ideas to update City of Fairfax Schools’ social media accounts. 

· Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and tools for marketing and communications

Start Date: October 2021 – June 2022. Meeting 1x per month for 1 hour before/after school or during Lion Time with teacher permission. Work 3-5 hours per month. Hours, meeting times are flexible with student schedule. Hours can/will increase or decrease depending on student’s homework, college applications, tests, after school schedules or at the student’s request. 

Compensation: $500 honorarium

To Apply:  Two ways to apply:

Email Carrie Dorsey, Communications Manager at @email and include application as attachment.  For more information and application, see attachments at bottom of this email. 

Go to our website www.CityofFairfaxSchools.org/apps/form/intern and fill out the application online.

Applications due by October 8th.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES: 

Rita’s Italian Ice – Fairfax:

Do you have a sweet tooth?  Looking for something to do after school or on the weekends?   Rita's Italian Ice of Fairfax, located at 10726 Fairfax Blvd., is looking for outgoing treat team members for part-time help after school and weekends.  Applicants should be at least 16-years old, have transportation, and be able to work 15-20 hours a week.  Job is seasonal, running through the end of November.  Our 2022 season will start in March 2022.  Interested?  Apply online at www.ritasoffairfax.com through the "Join our team" tab

 

Help Wanted: The UPS Store

Please call us at 703-280-1500 or visit us in the store at 3057 Nutley Street in Fairfax for any inquiries!

We are looking for a result-driven retail Sales Associate to be responsible for all sales job duties.  Sales Associate duties and responsibilities include working closely with customers to determine their needs, answer their questions about our products and recommending the right solutions.  You should be able to promptly resolve customer complaints and ensure maximum client satisfaction.  It’s a friendly work environment with flexible hours.  For a complete job description, see attached Help Wanted flyer (below.)

 

Senberry Acai Bowls – Old Town Fairfax

Senberry is a coffee and acai bowls shop located in the heart of Old Town Fairfax. We are a charismatic, high-energy, people-oriented team seeking to add additional team members with both weekday and weekend availability into Fall/Winter and beyond. Full-time and part-time available. At this time we are only seeking candidates that can work with us throughout the year.

Duties include: Running Cash Register, Making Acai Bowls, Cleaning, Interacting with Customers, General Shop Duties.

Prerequisites: At least 16 years old, Good Attitude, Hard Working

Job Type: Part-time

If interested please send resume to @email or apply in person

 

Great Part-time Job Opportunities for Students – The Gardens at Fair Oaks, 4310 Forest Hill Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

Server/Hostess, PT, $13 per hour

Evening and Weekends available.  Begin your culinary career as a dining room servers, great team environment, paid on the job training, sign-on bonus opportunity.  To apply, contact: Human Resources at 703-278-1001, or apply using QR code (on attached flyer), or come in person to apply at: The Gardens, 4310 Forest Hill Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030. 

 

Needed:  Female tutor for 10 year old girl 

Requirements: Fairfax HS Junior/senior Honor high school female student with excellent grades, Tutoring in elementary math, a reference from a science or math teacher, previous experience is imperative.

Job details: 

  • The tutor will follow 5th and 6th grade math content curricula 
  • The tutoring will take place at my home address which is the Fair Lakes shopping center area. 
  • Compensation is $12 to $15 hourly upon qualifications.
  • Usually math tutoring will last 1 or 2 hours per session. 
  • Tutoring needs to be held between 5 pm to 8 pm weekdays, twice a week and on weekends - there is flexibility too. Weekend morning sessions are encouraged. 
  • There will be an adult present at home during the sessions. 
  • COVID 19 full vaccination required. Card proof. Our family members are also fully vaccinated, except tutee who is not currently eligible. 

If interested please text 571-236-7769 to set up an in person interview. Interviews can be arranged Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 6 and 7 pm. Isabel Tello 

 

Lifetime Fitness – 5900 Trinity Pkwy, Centreville, VA 20166 or 9602 Main St, Fairfax, VA, 22031

Come and join the Aquatics Team at Life Time Fitness.  We are now hiring for Fall and Year- Round Lifeguards & Swim Instructors.  We offer state of the art facilities, competitive pay, and flexible hours. Membership to the club is included with employment! Call or email for more info:  703-815-5123, @email or  @email

 

Autobell Car Wash is Hiring High School Students!

Interested in flexible hours, top $$$, college scholarships, no late work, & a FREE weekly car wash? Apply online today at autobell.com/jobs.  Must be at least 16 years of age or older, possess and maintain a valid driver’s license, and maintain a professional, safe, and neat appearance. 

 

Ryans’  Barber Shop – 3846 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030

Hiring – If interested, stop in shop, call: 571-407-7867, email: @email

 

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY:

ESLI Summer Retreat (Sept. 25 @ 10 am – 4 pm)

The Environmental Student Leadership Initiative (ESLI) is a Fairfax County Park Authority supported volunteer team that seeks to empower the community through environmental action. Students learn how to teach environmental topics to elementary school aged children, sample macroinvertebrates to determine stream health, recognize invasive organisms and more. This free, annual program is open to all motivated, high school students in Fairfax County. The ESLI Retreat will take place on Saturday September 25, 2021 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Riverbend Park Outdoor Classroom.  Riverbend Park is located at 8700 Potomac Hills Street in Great Falls. To sign up, go to:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/riverbend/esli-retreat/092521

 

COLLEGE CAMPUS EVENTS:

Christopher Newport Open Houses:

Sept. 25 & Oct. 23, 8:30 am – 1 pm

Register online and view the full schedule: https://cnu.edu/admission/freshman/toursandevents/openhouse/

West Virginia University:

Discover WVU Open House (in-person): The on-campus Discover WVU open house events will be held on Oct. 23 and Nov. 13. Students can customize their experience, meet other students and explore topics from admissions and housing to student life and academics. Registration Link: https://www.wvu.edu/events/discover

Go First Fridays (in-person): These on-campus events will be held on various Fridays throughout the Fall. Students will experience campus the day before a WVU home football game and will partake in a campus tour, tailgate snacks, on-the-spot admission decisions and more! Registration Link: https://www.wvu.edu/events/go-first-fridays

 

Sweet Briar College Fall Open Houses:

October 23 & November 6

To register, go to:  https://admissions.sbc.edu/portal/fall_open_house?scid=

 

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Davidson College’s FREE Fall Admissions Intensive Workshops For juniors and seniors:

Sept. 20

Essay Writing 201: Brainstorming

 

Sept. 27

College Application & Financial Aid Basics

 

Oct. 4

Essay Writing 101: Myth busting

 

Oct. 11

Essay Writing 201: Brainstorming

 

Oct. 18

Leveraging Your Activities List and Supplemental Materials

 

Oct. 25

What Do You Do After You Hit Submit?

 

All sessions are at 7:00 pm. To register, go to:  https://admission.davidson.edu/portal/fallintensives

 

Access Davidson: October 24-25, 2021

Access Davidson is a selective virtual college visit program designed for high school seniors from historically excluded racial and ethnic groups, those who are first in their family to attend college, and students from rural or low-income backgrounds. The program is open to students living and attending high school in the United States and Puerto Rico. Students who have not been on an official visit to campus will be prioritized for participation. This year’s virtual program will offer a mix of required and optional programming over the course of two days. Our required virtual sessions will consider student time zones and there will be no expectation to miss any school commitments on Monday, October 25.

The deadline to apply is September 27https://www.davidson.edu/admission-and-financial-aid/visit/access-davidson

 

The Coalition will host six panel discussions during the Fall 2021 semester. Each will feature a short presentation, followed by a Q&A with Coalition member schools. Students and student supporters can submit questions in advance and ask questions live during the sessions.

Four of the six panels will also be offered in concurrent Spanish-language sessions. All six will be recorded, with captions in English and Spanish, and shared with those who register. 

Sept. 30: Start Early, Stress Less | Prepárate temprano y tendrás menos estrés

Oct. 13: Admissions & the Arts

Oct. 21: Finding a Fit at Large Public Schools

Oct. 27: Completing the FAFSA | Completando la FAFSA

Nov. 10: First-Generation College Student Stories | Experiencias de estudiantes universitarios de primera generación

Nov. 16: Completing the CSS Profile | Completando el CSS Profile

All events found here: https://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/events

 

Girls in Technology (GIT) Programs

GIT is led by a committee of women volunteers who are dedicated to initiating programs to excite, inspire and create awareness for girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Our vision is to significantly increase the number of girls who pursue STEM education and ultimately join the ranks of other successful women in STEM careers. Our mission is to engage and inspire girls in grades 6 through 12 in the D.C. Metro Region, especially underserved girls, to enable them to envision a path for education and career opportunities in STEM. Our programs will offer successful women role models, targeted education, endearing support and affinity. We will hold ourselves accountable to focus on GIT girls-first and foster diversity and inclusion (and belonging). See attached flyer (below) to join GIT’s mailing list for notification about programs.  For more information on GIT, see:  https://www.womenintechnology.org/girls-in-technology

 

For African American Male Juniors: Beta Nu Boule Young Scholars Program

Please encourage your African American male students entering their junior year (2021-2022) and living in Arlington or Fairfax Counties or Alexandria City to apply for the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Beta Nu Boulé Young Scholars Program. The application deadline is October 1, 2021.  Notification of acceptance will occur no later than October 18, 2021.  Please see the attached application (on bottom of email). 

The Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1904, is the country’s oldest African American fraternity of college educated men. The Beta Nu is the fraternity’s local Boulé that works in partnership with the Beta Nu Boulé Education Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to sponsor the Beta Nu Boulé Young Scholars Program (YSP). The Program is dedicated to mentoring and preparing young African American males who are contemplating attending college and preparing them for educational and professional opportunities after high school.  Following are a few particulars about the Program:

  • The minimum GPA to be considered for acceptance is 3.00.
  • Meets each second Saturday, 9a.m.-12p.m., currently via Zoom, November 2021-May 2022. 
  • Provides SAT/ACT preparation seminars on applying to colleges and universities, and exposure to different professional careers. Seminars are conducted by the Princeton Review, college and law school adjunct professors, physicians, dentists, retired senior military officers, business executives, attorneys, judges, and senior federal government managers.
  • Students who successfully complete both the junior and senior years of the Program will be eligible to apply for a college scholarship.

Please see the attached application (on bottom of email), or the Career Center. 

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

GIVE Tutoring

We are looking for more high school students to tutor in-person for two hours at the City of Fairfax Regional Library (a large population of the school is near Fairfax City Library, so this could be a convenient location). We hold our tutoring sessions on Sundays(excluding holiday weekends) from 10:15 am to 12:15 pm. We do not require commitment, so tutors are free to only attend sessions they are available to attend. 

Below we have attached the links for both our website and the link they need to fill out to be a tutor in our organization. 

https://www.giveyouth.org/ 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGaBVVEILETJFwi_US73TYuxYW0GRjw2p8nkBhQja5sUMR_A/viewform 

 

Willow Springs Glow Party – October 22

Willow Springs PTA is sponsoring the first ever glow party and we need your help to make it super fun.  Please review the available slots on the Sign-up Genius:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c4aa8ac2aa13-willow1  CONTACT Jill Mossman, @email FOR VOLUNTEER HOUR CONFIRMATION

 

ASAProject, or the Advancement for Student Accessibility, is looking for new members! We advocate for socioeconomically disadvantaged students within Fairfax County by reaching out to organizations, working with school board members, and working on a mutual aid project. Our goal is to keep families informed and connected with resources to make sure that students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged are being represented and advocated for.It is a great way to get plenty of service hours while doing meaningful work. You will have the opportunity to advocate to school board members, do physical volunteer work, and become a part of a great community!  If you are interested, please fill out this Google Form  - we will be in touch! https://forms.gle/Z7yjA2fy2wtYWHtG9.  Our Instagram is @fcps.asaproject

SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES:

For 10th graders:  Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS)

VSCS is a program for High School Sophomores focusing on the science, engineering, and technology integral to current missions at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport.  This dynamic (and FREE) program, designed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), inspires students who  possess technical and/or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers.  The program features two key elements. The first is a dynamic on-line science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experience featuring five modules. Upon completion of the online program, top performing scholars may be invited to attend a seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA, where scholars will learn first hand from NASA professionals and their partners about the latest, cutting edge technologies and missions. The deadline to apply is October 17.  For complete details, see: https://vsgc.odu.edu/spacecoast/

 

For 11th and 12th graders:  Virginia Earth System Science Scholars Program (VESSS) – June 25-July 1, 2022 or July 16-22, 2022

VESSS engages students in NASA’s latest challenge - designing satellite missions to improve understanding of our own planet’s complex systems.  The VESSS online course will guide you to explore and analyze data related to NASA's seven major Earth Science missions. Students who participate in VESSS broaden their understanding of the science that drives NASA's research and engineering and work to mitigate the effects of climate change. If you are selected to attend a VESSS Summer Academy, you will work closely with NASA scientists, engineers, and other mentors from both industry and academia to design a satellite mission that builds on NASA's current body of work. The deadline to apply is October 24.  For complete details, see: https://vsgc.odu.edu/vesss/

 

For 11th and 12th graders: Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS)

The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience, highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.  Students selected to participate in the program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists. The deadline to apply is October 24.  For complete details, see: https://vsgc.odu.edu/vasts/

 

DISCLAIMER: Opportunities offered by organizations other than Fairfax County Public Schools are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or this 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 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.