W.T. Woodson College and Career Center

21 September 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
September 21, 2018

This information is provided for your convenience and perusal. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by W.T. Woodson, FCPS, or any administrator or employee of either W.T. Woodson or FCPS.  Parents need to check and be satisfied with any program chosen for their children.  This web page contains links to one or more web pages that are outside the FCPS network.  Neither W.T. Woodson High School nor FCPS controls the content or relevancy of these pages.



Colleges roll out the red-carpet and arrange for interested students to have access to departments and activities that may help students decide to attend.  Although we always encourage our students to visit on teacher work days and holidays when colleges are in session, an open house may help your decision.  Be sure to get on the mailing list of any college you are considering – and read your emails.  Colleges will tell you when they have an open house planned.


Fairfax County Government and FCPS collaborate on The Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program which prepares today’s high school Juniors to become tomorrow’s community leaders.  The Program offers: a three-week summer internship in a Fairfax County Government agency or office; an exciting opportunity to work with community leaders; leadership training and recognition; and, an opportunity to work with student leaders from every Fairfax County High School. Interns earn $1,000.  For more information including a brochure, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/budget/youth-leadership.  Students may also get a brochure in the Career Center.  For questions, contact DMBYLP@fairfaxcounty.gov.  Applications can be found and submitted on line at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcylp.  Applications are due 6 November


The FCPS School Board is accepting applications for the Student Leadership Development Program.  This program is open to any high school Sophomore or Junior in good academic standing interested in a future in law, government, or public policy.  Twelve students will be selected to work closely with the School Board and will be given the opportunity to work on advisory committees and even to seek election as the student representative on the School Board.  Student leaders will participate in a Group Orientation (December 2018), a School Board forum work session (January 2019), a Mock Forum (March 2019), a Mock Work Session (April 2019), and a Program Completion Ceremony (May 2019).  Applications are available at https://www.fcps.edu/node/31703Students should submit the brief application and one-page statement of interest to their principal by 15 October.  Principals will then forward their nominees to the School Board.


Saturday, 20 October 8:00 – 11:30 am, Woodson Cafeterias A & B – The W.T. Woodson PTSO and Mindworks Educational Services are providing this opportunity to practice ACT/SAT testing in a realistic test environment.  Great experience for students and a fundraising opportunity for the PTSO.  Cost is $15 when paid by 5 pm on Thursday, October 18th or $20 at the door on the day of testing.  Prepayment is accepted online at https://squareup.com/store/wtwptso/.


15 October, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Kenmore Middle School Auditorium, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd, Arlington, VA 22204 – Students and families are invited to join Virginia Tech, The College of William and Mary, James Madison University, and the University of Virginia for an introduction to the Coalition college application platform.  Interactive sessions will also include guidance on completing the FAFSA and an introduction to the RaiseMe micro-scholarship that allows students to earn college dollars during high school.  For more information and to register, visit https://vt.edu/admissions/mycoalition-tour.html.



Wednesday, 26 September, 7 pm in the Auditorium.  Learn about paying for college from a professional – what is required and how information you provide is interpreted.  Unless you are genuinely happy to write huge checks to colleges, you will want to attend this informative evening.  Be prepared and informed!  (Spanish translation available.)



Tuesday, 2 October. Attend online from anywhere - only a web-connected smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop is required. No special software is needed.  This fair offers modern livestreaming and video/text chat communication where students can communicate directly with college representatives.  To get more information, discover which colleges are “attending,” and to register, visit https://collegefair.thebigvirtual.com/national-online-college-admissions-fair-high-school-counselor-registration-and-information.



Tuesday, 2 October, 7:00 pm, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington DC – The Deans of Admission from Harvard, Princeton, UVA, Wellesley, and Yale come together to discuss academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions and financial aid. To register, visit https://apps.admissions.yale.edu/register/HPUWYDC18.


Important Informational meeting, 24 September, 6:30 pm (Optional Meet and Greet), 7:00 pm Formal Presentation, Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy at 14601 Lee Road, Chantilly, VA - The Fairfax County Police Department Explorer Posts 1742, 2252, and 505 are youth-run programs open to young people ages 14 (and completed the 8th grade) to 20 with an interest in learning more about careers in law enforcement. The programs provide opportunities to learn about law enforcement, serve the community through public service, and teach important life skills such as leadership, public speaking, and self-confidence.  Explorers receive extensive training in various techniques used by law enforcement professionals. This training includes traffic stops, building searches, bomb threat response, hostage negotiation, accident reconstruction, and arrest & search techniques. Explorers become familiar with police radio procedures, patrol areas, vehicles, equipment, and methods of patrol. In addition, Explorers are eligible to participate in the department's ride along program in which they ride with a patrol officer and experience life through the eyes of an officer.  Explorers are given an overview of the Fairfax County Police Department and its daily operations.  The Posts meet bimonthly in Chantilly, Alexandria, and Annandale.For more information and an application, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/getinvolved/explorers and click on the link for each Post.  Applications are due very soon!! 


October 2018 – April 2019, various locations throughout DC area -  The JA Company Program is a competitive program that gives students the chance to put ideas into action by launching and operating a startup with other students under the guidance of business professionals.  The program is open to students in grades 9 through 12.  Company size will range from 8-20 students depending on location.  Time commitment is approximately two hours per week from October through April.  Key events include a DC-wide Quick Pitch Competition for Seed Money (December 2018), Spark Tank Competition (April 2019), and a competition to participate in JA’s 2019 National Student Leadership Summit.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.myja.org/programs/jacompanyprogram or contact Gayle Robinson at Gayle.Robinson@JA.org.  The application deadline is 1 October


17 November, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA -  The Society of Women Engineers at UVA provides young women with a comprehensive look at engineering fields and at UVA’s engineering curriculum through speakers, lab tours, and hands-on design activities.  This fall session targets high school Seniors, but Sophomores and Juniors are welcome to apply.  Interested students may be selected to spend Saturday night in UVA dorms with SWE members.  There is a nonrefundable confirmation fee of $25 if selected for the program.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.virginiaswe.org/hsvThe application deadline is 22 October.  Acceptances will be sent out no later than 29 October. 



The National Security Agency offers Seniors a paid summer internship at NSA full-time for 10-12 weeks following their senior year of high school.  Pay is at the GG 02/01 level (currently $13.02 per hour plus benefits).  Requirements include U.S. citizenship, eligibility for security clearance, completed AP calculus and AP physics and an engineering or computer science course by the end of senior year, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above, minimum 1200 SAT or 25 ACT, and minimum age 16 at time of hire.  To apply, students must fill out an application which includes using NSA’s resume builder, and also mail the following documents: a resume, two teacher recommendations from physics, calculus, computer science, or engineering teachers, an official transcript, verification of SAT or ACT scores, and a one-page typed response to Why am I interested in STEM?  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.  Visit https://www.nsa.gov/psp/applyonline/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=30001059&PostingSeq=1 for more details. Completed applications must be submitted by 31 October.


The Department of the Navy (DoN)  invites Rising 10th through 12th graders to apply for eight-week summer research opportunities at participating Department of Navy laboratories.  Stipends are $3,000 for new students and $3,800 for returning students.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in research and learn about DoN research and technology efforts.  Students must be at least 16 years old and U.S. citizens.  For more information including participating labs and to apply, visit http://seap.asee.org/.  Applications close at 6 pm EST on 2 November



12 October, 3:30-6:30 pm, Merritt Academy, 9211 Arlington Blvd, Fairfax, VA – Merritt Academy is looking for teen volunteers to assist with games, food, and inflatables at their Fall Festival.  If interested in volunteering, please contact Erica Blubaugh, Office Coordinator, at EricaB@MerrittAcademy.org.



Oriental Sports Academy runs before- and after-school programs.  They are in need of responsible individuals with good character to help with tutoring at their three locations: Burke, Fairfax City, and Manassas.  The morning program runs from 6 – 9 am and the afternoon program from 3 – 7 pm.  It is possible to negotiate work hours with your school hours.  Base salary is $10/hour.  Interested individuals should email your resume to inquiry.osafederation@gmail.com



Unless otherwise stated, these workshops will be held at Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 100, Dunn Loring.  Please register online at https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 or call FCPS Parent Resources Center at 703.204.3941.

  • “ENJOY YOUR STRONG-WILLED CHILD – 10 SECRETS TO STOP THE POWER STRUGGLES,” 4 October, 7:00–8:30 pm and 5 October, 10:00 am-Noon, - In this workshop, presented by Celebrate Calm’s Kirk Martin, parents will learn specific strategies to understand their strong-willed child, motivate without power struggles, stop yelling, lecturing, and nagging, and enjoy their strong-willed child.  This workshop is intended for parents of children ages 2-22. 
  • POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION OPTIONS COFFEE & CONVERSATION, 11 October, 10:00 am-Noon – Join FCPS Career and Transition Services to learn important information on postsecondary education options for students with disabilities.  Workshop highlights include disclosure, accessing accommodations, and disability support services. Register online at https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279 or call FCPS Parent Resources Center at 703.204.3941.
  • “MOVING ON TO LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY – A RESOURCE FAIR FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES” Wednesday, 17 October, 6:30-8:45 pm, Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Entrance 14 or 15, Burke – This is a free resource fair for students and their parents to learn about vocational, residential, leisure, recreational, independent living and advocacy options.  It is intended for all individuals requiring ongoing employment and community support services after graduation.  Registration for participants and adult service providers is from 6:30-6:45 pm, an overview presentation (Little Theater) is from 6:45-7:15 pm, and the fair/exhibits (Cafeteria) are from 7:15-8:45 pm.
  • YOU CAN HELP PREVENT BULLYING - STRATGIES FOR PARENTS, 30 October, 6:30-8:00 pm – Alicia Clarke, from the FCPS Student Safety and Wellness Office will present this workshop.  Topics include:  What is Bullying? Bullying in a Cyber World; Bullying vs. Harassment; Signs to Look For; Ways to Prevent and Support. 
  •  “GOOGLE CLASSROOM 101,” 28 September, 10:00 am- Noon Learn how Google Classroom works and what parents need to know.  Eric Fleming, FCPS Assistive Technology Services, will present this workshop.
  • PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS AND PARENTAL RIGHTS, 19 October, 10:00 am-Noon – Lourrie Duddridge, Senior Specialists, Due Process and Eligibility, will present this workshop for parents of students receiving special education services.  Highlights will include:  special educational terminology; confidentiality; independent educational evaluations; dispute resolution; procedures when disciplining children with disabilities.



NSA recruits Seniors, particularly minorities, planning to study Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering for this educational program consisting of a $21,121 annual salary with benefits, up to $30,000 in tuition assistance, a minimum 12-week summer internship, and employment at NSA after graduation for at least 1.5 times the length of study.  Other requirements include U.S. citizenship, minimum SAT of 600 (Math)/600 (Verbal) or ACT of 25, a 3.0 or better GPA 3.0, and demonstrated leadership abilities.  Application materials include intended major, SAT or ACT scores, past and current employment, volunteer work, extracurricular activities, official transcript, a recommendation, one-page essay entitled I want a career at NSA because…, and up to three pages of supplemental information of your choice.  Ongoing eligibility requires maintaining a 2.75/4.0 GPA freshman year and 3.0/4.0 thereafter, as well as extensive pre-employment processing and being granted a security clearance, a process which may include aptitude testing, an interview with a psychologist, a security interview with polygraph, a personnel interview, and a background investigation.  More details can be found at https://www.nsa.gov/psp/applyonline/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=30001061&PostingSeq=1 . Completed applications must be submitted by 31 October.


Operation Homefront recognizes six military dependents ages 13-18 (one from each branch of the military) for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life.  The award includes travel for recipient and one parent/guardian to a required Washington, D.C. gala 16-19 April 2019, a $10,000 scholarship, a laptop computer, and other donated gifts.  Nominations can be submitted by parents, family members, teachers, counselors, coaches, community officials, church leaders, neighbors, and others. Nominators fill out information regarding military experience (months of parent deployment, parent wounded in combat, number of permanent change of stations, etc.) and volunteer experience and accomplishments.  Five short answers address Organizations (organizations the Nominee participates [in]... activity and number of volunteer hours over the past 12 months), Resiliency (In 200 words or fewer, please give an example when the Nominee exhibited … the ability to bounce back from adversity and/or stress, to cope with a hardship or difficult situation), Leadership (In 200 words or fewer, please explain how this Nominee is a leader.  Include organizations, titles and/or share an anecdote), Achievements (In 200 words or fewer, please list up to 3 accomplishments of the Nominee...), and additional information (In 300 words or fewer, … provide information not addressed…, including special circumstances or unique accomplishments.)  Finalists will submit letters of recommendation; recipients must consent to a background check, execute media and liability releases, and participate in media and donor opportunities. Please see http://www.militarychildoftheyear.org/ for more details. Nominations are due 5 December.


Working with Operation Homefront, Booz Allen awards one Innovation award to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional, or global challenge.  The award includes travel for recipient and one parent/guardian to a required Washington, D.C. gala 16-19 April 2019, a $10,000 scholarship, and consultation with a team of Booz Allen employees to develop a plan to scale the project technologically and strategically.  Students can apply directly (with parent consent), supplying information regarding military experience (months of parent deployment, parent wounded in combat, number of permanent change of stations, etc.) and volunteer experience and accomplishments.  Eight short answers of 200 words or less address the innovation from many angles: Describe how your project is innovative.  How does it bring a new or creative solution to an existing challenge or problem?  Describe the problem you are trying to solve.  Who will benefit from your idea?  Describe the population you will help and where they live.  Why do you think this population needs help?  If anyone else has tried to do what you are doing, please describe that and explain why you think your solution is better.  Describe your solution.  Describe the impact your solution has had so far, and any challenges to making a bigger impact that you’ve encountered.  Identify your project sponsor (a nonprofit supervisor, a teacher, etc.) who can help with your consulting plan.  Why do you think you should be selected for this award?  The application also includes media and liability releases and parent/guardian consent for the application.  Finalists must submit recommendations; recipients must consent to a background check, and execute media and liability releases.  More information is available at https://operationhomefront.formstack.com/forms/mcoyinnovationaward2019. Applications are due 5 December.


Discover a full listing that includes previous entries for each important category below.

College and Career Fairs

Discover local College and Career Fairs at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3687.

College Rep Visits Calendar


          LOCAL INFORMATION SESSIONS - https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3607

Employment Opportunities

Find a listing of Employment Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/2247.


Enrichment & Summer Programs

Visit Naviance Student for a searchable listing of enrichment and summer programs: Click on the Colleges dropdown; Click Research Colleges; Click Enrichment Programs.

Internship and Apprenticeship Opportunities

Find a listing of Internships and Apprenticeships at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/work-and-careers/internships-apprenticeships-listing.

Scholarship Opportunities

Find an easy-to-read listing of scholarships below the important scholarship information at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/going-college/scholarships/school-independent-scholarships-contests.

Special Opportunities

Find a listing of Special Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3691.

Volunteer Opportunities

Find a listing of Volunteer Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/3690.


Find a listing of Workshop Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/node/2408.