WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

31 May 2019

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
May 31, 2019

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

SENIOR PLANNING PACKET POSTED

All rising Seniors need to work on their Senior Planning Packet.  You will want to turn it into your counselor soon after school starts.  There are sections for basic facts, student personal input, and even parent input.  Help your counselor provide the best possible recommendation whether it is for a college application or a job application by completing and turning it in.  You can find the Senior Planning Packet in Naviance Student.  (Enter Blackboard, click Naviance, scroll to the bottom of the opening page to enter Document Resources, enter Senior Documents, open/view Senior Planning Packet.)

CALL FOR 2018-19 CAREER CENTER VOLUNTEERS 

Many of our W.T. Woodson Career Center (CC) Parent Volunteers are graduating this year.  CC volunteers have a unique opportunity to learn about the post-secondary research and application process during their volunteer shifts.  Parents of rising 9th and 10th grade students especially benefit because they will feel more comfortable when it is time for their students to embark on post-secondary research.  To provide consistency, volunteers are asked to commit to a shift for an entire academic year.  Interested parents can sign up at https://tinyurl.com/Vol4WTW.  Register by or before Thursday, 6 June for best consideration.

DON’T FORGET

FAFSA COMPLETION CLINIC, 18, 19, or 20 June, 10 am – 3 pm, ECMC (Virginia Career Works Office), 5529 Cherokee Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22312 – There is still time to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA.  Pell Grant money for the fall may still be available.  Meet with a trained counselor at one of these completion clinics to help you complete your FAFSA.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Be sure to bring the following items:

  • Social Security Number (Student and parents)
  • Date of birth (Student and parents)
  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
  • Your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.) (Student and parents)
  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable) (Student and parents)
  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable) (Student and parents)
  • Your parents date of marriage
  • The date you moved into Virginia (Student and parents)
  • FSA ID – both the student and one parent should have an FSA ID. We can help you obtain this at the clinic. 

For more information and to register, visit www.collegeaccessfairfax.org.

VIRGINIA PRIVATE COLLEGE WEEK

22-27 July  Virginia colleges offer campus tours and information sessions year-long, but during Virginia Private College Week, twenty-three private colleges in Virginia will make their tours and information sessions about admissions, financial aid, and academic programs special.  Students who visit at least three institutions during this week will receive three application fee waivers and entry into a drawing for a $250 Amazon gift card.  Participants may use these waivers to apply to any of the twenty-three participating Virginia colleges for free.  Visit www.cicv.org/Our-Colleges/Virginia-Private-College-Week.aspx to learn more about Virginia Private College Week.  More Virginia private college information is at www.vaprivatecolleges.org including a college finder based on Academics and/or Athletics; a calendar of Admission events and campus visits; profiles of 27 member colleges, an interactive map of Virginia’s private colleges, financial aid 101, myths vs. facts; and parent, student, and alumni testimonials.

NEW SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES

The US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs provides more than 1,000 merit-based scholarships each year for U.S. high school students to study abroad for a summer or an academic year in more than 25 countries.  Three are accepting applications now:  Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX); Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad; National Security Language Initiative for Youth.  For more information, visit https://exchanges.state.gov/highschool/?utm_source=Email_Outreach&utm_medium=Email_April_29&utm_campaign=Outbound%20Outreach.

VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY GAINING REAL OPPORTUNITIES WITH STUDENTS (GROWS) SUMMER PROGRAM

Monday 24 June – Saturday, 29 June – The GROWS Summer Program is a week-long program on the campus of Virginia State for students interested in becoming teachers.  During this academic college preparation program, all travel and room and board expenses are covered for students selected to participate in the program.  The program is open to rising Seniors and is intended to increase college readiness and nurture an interest in educational careers.  For more information about the program, visit http://sola.vsu.edu/files/docs/grows-brochure.pdf.  For a copy of the application, recommendation form, and essay questions, visit http://sola.vsu.edu/files/docs/grows-application.pdf. Apply only if you are interested in majoring in the teaching field for college.  A complete application package includes a signed application, a copy of a transcript, a completed recommendation form, and essay questions.  The application is due 1 June.

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS (NMMC) TEEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (TVP)

The purpose of the NMMC Teen Volunteer Program is to promote youth involvement in the NMMC and to aid the adult volunteers at the museum in fulfilling these duties.  Highly motivated teens between the ages of 16 and 18 are encouraged to apply.  Participating teens will serve as Teen Hospitality Ambassadors managing the Front Desk as well as greeting and orienting visitors entering the museum. In addition, they are responsible for answering general questions that visitors may have about the museum while acting in a responsible and professional manner as a representative of the museum. Becoming a Teen Hospitality Ambassador is an opportunity for teenagers to explore history and develop skills in leadership, time management, and public speaking, while at the same time making a significant contribution to the community. Selection is based upon the application and a parent or guardian’s permission. Teen Hospitality Ambassadors are required to attend training, to volunteer at least eight hours a month, and are expected to remain in the program for at least one year. Teen Hospitality Ambassadors generally work on weekends and during holidays and school breaks. Training for the program will be July 15th through 26th from 8:00 am – Noon, Monday through Friday.  The training will be held at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, VA 22172. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.usmcmuseum.com/teen_volunteers.html.  For questions, please email Rachel Clark at @email.

NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES  

GLORY DAYS GRILL

Several locations throughout Fairfax County – Glory Days Grill has openings at all their locations for servers and hosts.  Hours are flexible and seasonal help is especially needed.  Part-time positions continuing into the school year are also available.  Rates vary based on tips earned; however, average server wages are about $80-$100 per shift.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.glorydaysgrill.com/jobs/.

JK MOVING SERVICES

JK Moving Services is seeking household goods movers and packers for the summer.  Flexible schedules including part-time and weekends only are available.  Overtime is available as well.  Earn up to $14/hour.  Visit https://commit2growth.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home?c=commit2growth#/, call 703.260.5627 or text 571.418.0523 to learn more.

QUALITY SERVICES MOVING & DELIVERY

Lorton, VA – Quality Services Moving & Delivery is seeking part-time movers and packers. Movers are responsible for safely and efficiently loading clients belonging onto a straight truck or tractor trailer. After transporting the belongings to either the new residence or back to the warehouse for storage, movers will unload the same vehicle. Movers will ensure they take the utmost care in protecting our client’s home goods and reducing the risk of damage in any way possible. This role will involve heavy lifting, bending, and standing for long periods of time. Packers are responsible for pre-packing a client’s home to get it ready for the future scheduled move. This role will involve lifting, standing for long periods of time, bending, and moving boxes.  Immediate openings with PAID TRAINING are available. Must be drug free (mandatory pre-employment drug screen) and must have a clean background with no criminal history (mandatory pre-employment background check).  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.qsmoving.com/employment/.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

2019 NORMAN E. FRANKLIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

OKK Foundation, Inc. of the Omicron Kappa Kappa Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. offers two $2,300 scholarships to college-bound African American Seniors with a 2.5 or better GPA who are residents of Fairfax County.  Applicants must demonstrate strong academics, perseverance, initiative, interpersonal skills, community affairs advocacy, strong written/verbal communication skills, and integrity, maturity, dependability, and a positive attitude.  A completed application must include personal information, GPA, community service, activities including employment if any, an official transcript, three recommendations (two teachers and a community member), a signed certification, a wallet-sized photo, and a personal essay (500 – 750 words) in which you state your purpose for applying for this scholarship.  Indicate your perception as to how this scholarship from the OKK Foundation can assist you in achieving your career goals.  In your essay, please provide details on your background, motivation, and specific personal, family or other circumstances that make it important for you to receive this financial assistance. Also, please share your thoughts on the importance of civil service (working in the public sector.)  Applications can be found in Naviance Student.  NOTE:  The application includes a publicity release within the certification.  Completed applications are due 12 June.

OMICRON KAPPA KAPPA SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP

OKK Foundation, Inc. of the Omicron Kappa Kappa Chapter Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. offers two $2,000 scholarships to college-bound Seniors with a 2.5 or better GPA who are residents of Fairfax County.  Applicants must demonstrate strong academics, perseverance, initiative, interpersonal skills, community affairs advocacy, strong written/verbal communication skills, and integrity, maturity, dependability, and a positive attitude.  A completed application must include personal information, GPA, community service, activities including employment if any, an official transcript, three recommendations (two teachers and a community member), a signed certification, a wallet-sized photo, and a personal essay (500 – 750 words) in which you state your purpose for applying for this scholarship.  Indicate your perception as to how this scholarship from the OKK Foundation can assist you in achieving your career goals.  In your essay, please provide details on your background, motivation, and specific personal, family or other circumstances that make it important for you to receive this financial assistance. Also, please share your thoughts on the importance of civil service (working in the public sector.)  Applications can be found in Naviance Student.  NOTE:  The application includes a publicity release within the certification.  Completed applications are due 12 June.

COMPILATIONS

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

https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/student-services/college-and-career-center/going-college/college-visits-calendar

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: Go to the “colleges” tab; scroll down to 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.

WORKSHOPS

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