WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

4 May 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
May 04, 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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

BALLOON POSTINGS

Over 400 students participated in Balloon Day.  Check the balloon postings on the windows inside Entrance #1.  We are delighted to have so many students proud of their plans and thoughts!!

WASHINGTON POST ENGINEERING PANEL

WTW IT Girls are hosting a panel of Washington Post experts who will discuss web design and stem career insights.  The event will be held in Room B112 on Tuesday, 8 May at 3 pm.

HELPING STUDENTS WHO ARE PERFECTIONISTS …OR HAVE NO MOTIVATION AT ALL

Tuesday, 22 May, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Frost Middle School Cafeteria.  Rachel Bailey, a local parenting expert and psychologist, will be conducting a workshop covering topics such as:  what “perfectionists” and students who lack motivation all have in common;  simple practical strategies to help children who are pushing themselves too hard or not pushing hard enough; how school stress affects your relationship with your child; and challenges during times of transition.  For more information about Rachel Bailey, visit www.Rachel-Bailey.com.  RSVP is not required, but is helpful for planning purposes at https://goo.gl/forms/TCXHPl6sq2FslEiD3.  For more information, call Frost MS Student Services at 703.426.5026.

DON’T FORGET

NOVA TOURS & ADMISSION DISCUSSIONS

The NOVA Annandale Campus is offering one more Snapshot of NOVA event for students interested in attending NOVA or learning more about NOVA.  Each Snapshot event will include a tour of the NOVA Annandale campus and an admissions discussion.  Space is limited.  Please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/SnapNOVA.  Meet at the CA Mark Warner Building Information Desk, Monday, 21 May, 5 – 6 pm.

NEW SPECIAL PROGRAMS

LEADERSHIP BY DESIGN SUMMER PROGRAM

17-22 June, Shenandoah University, Wincester, VA – Woodson has the opportunity to nominate up to three rising Seniors for this summer leadership program for Virginia residents.  Students will learn about leadership and public service, preparing them to become active, informed, citizen-leaders.  Activities include working with Shenandoah University faculty, hands-on service at a local nonprofit, meetings with community leaders, door-to-door canvassing, and peer-bonding field trips.  The cost for the week is $150, which includes room and board.  However, participation in the program is equivalent to a $500 scholarship towards which the $150 is applied.  To be considered for a nomination, submit a statement showing why you would be a match for the program to Mrs. Ishii in the Career Center by Friday, 11 May.  For more information on the program, visit https://www.su.edu/service/leadership-by-design/.

WOMEN OF DISTINCTION

19-21 October, Smith College, Northampton, MA – The Women of Distinction program for rising Senior women highlights opportunities Smith College offers for African American, Asian American, Latina and Native American students. Participants in this three-day program will explore Smith College to determine whether it might be a fit for them. Students will live in campus houses, experience academic and social life at Smith, and attend panels and workshops on student life and the college admission process.  Admission to the program is a competitive process based on academic and personal qualities.  Only current high school Juniors are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously visited Smith. Smith will provide round-trip transportation, meals and accommodations for all selected participants.  The application deadline is 15 June.  Application requirements include a high school transcript, an essay and short answer section, and a list of senior courses.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.smith.edu/women-distinction-program.

NEW INTERNSHIP / EXTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

U.S.PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE (USPTO), 2-27 July – The USPTO is seeking high school Juniors for a volunteer externship program this summer.  Externs will learn about the USPTO’s mission and work environment, interact with experts in several disciplines, explore opportunities, and develop personal and professional skills.  Projects may include writing draft social media announcements about upcoming USPTO education and outreach events, researching issued patents and registered trademarks to identify topics of interest to young audiences, reviewing and developing content for USPTO.gov kids’ and teens’ pages, providing customer support, and working with office managers to provide administrative support.  To apply, students must email resumes to susan.lewis@uspto.gov by 11 May.  For more information, contact susan.lewis@uspto.gov or call 800.786.9757.

NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

AMERICAN POOL

Alexandria, VA – American Pool is now hiring lifeguards for the summer.  Hours are flexible.  To find a pool near you and to apply, visit http://guardforlife.com/.  For questions, call 877.614.7665 or email varecruit@americanpool.com.

UNDERCOVER PRINTER / eXpo BRANDERS

9667 Main Street Suite D, Fairfax, VA 22031 – Undercover Printer has an entry level position available for a high school student to assist with video production and collaborate with marketing and client services.  Applicants must be 16 years of age or older who are self-starters able to complete projects in a timely fashion.  This opening is available immediately.  Hours are part-time and flexible such that one could work after school at their Woodson Square office in Fairfax City.  Salary will be based on experience and ability to produce and contribute to the organization.  Anticipated salary is from $12 - $17 per hour.  Interested applicants need to submit a letter of interest along with links to samples of their video work to marketing@expobranders.com.

NEW WORKSHOPS

DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

Tuesday, 8 May, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 100, Dunn Loring – Dr. Michael Axler, FCPS Senior Supervising Psychologist, will present information on depression including signs and symptoms, causes, risk factors, treatment options, and available resources.  Register at https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279.

FAPA FUTURE PILOT-FORUMS

Saturday, 19 May, 1 – 6 pm, Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, 2800 South Potomac Ave, Arlington, VA 22202 – FAPA Future Pilot Forums are free career seminars providing future professional pilots of all ages with objective and independent information about a flying career. FAPA focuses on students of all ages, parents, teachers, school counselors, and career changers,  interested in learning about pathways to a career as a professional pilot.  All attendees must register including spouses, parents, and siblings.  For more information and to register, visit https://fapa.aero/future/future-landing.asp.

STRATEGIES AND SUPPORTS FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS WITH OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD) 

Friday, 11 May, 10:00 am – Noon, Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Entrance 1, Room 100, Dunn Loring – Join Dr. Lisa Bateman, Neuroscience, Inc., for this workshop highlighting the signs of OCD that can be identified by parents and teachers, causes and identification of OCD, treatment options, and available resources.  Register at https://www.fcps.edu/node/28279.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

EXTENDED DEADLINE - 2018 EMILY AND FRED RUFFING ACCA SCHOLARSHIP

The Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) provides need-based scholarships of $2,000/semester, renewable for up to four years ($16,000) to a graduating Senior with a disability (preference will be given to Justice (formerly Jeb Stuart) and Annandale High Schools pursuing a full-time higher education program beyond high school (2-, 4-year, or vocational technical school).  Applicants must demonstrate financial need, academic accomplishment and ability, and the impact of the disability on the individual as well as the level to which he/she is coping/overcoming.  Completed application packets must include: the application, extracurricular information, an official transcript, one or more recommendations that clearly state the disability and how the student handles it (counselor, special education teacher, and/or special education department chairperson), financial documentation and statement of financial need, all required signatures, and an essay discussing: the specific level of impairment your disability presents, and/or how it impacts your everyday life.  Applications are available in Family Connection.  Completed application packets must be submitted to the Career Center by the extended deadline of Monday, 7 May.

FAIR LAKES SCHOLARSHIP 

The Fair Lakes League offers Fair Lakes employees, residents, and/or their dependents three $2,500 scholarships.  Applicants must have a 3.2 or better GPA.  Applications will be judged on academic achievement, volunteer/civic involvement, awards/honors, and a 1 – 2 page essay discussing one of four topics: (1) Describe how living or working in Fair Lakes has positively affected your life.  (2) How will you use your education and chosen field of study to improve your community? (3) What leader, historic or current, has inspired you and why? (4) Choose a book that has influenced you. Describe how it affected you.  Completed applications must also provide proof of residency or employment within Fair Lakes, a transcript, and a copy of acceptance to an accredited college or university for the fall of 2018.  For more information, visit Family Connection or www.fairlakes.com/promotions/fairlakes-fair-lakes-scholarship-programApplications must be received by Noon 17 May.

GIVES BACK SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

New Dimensions Inc. (NDI) offers two scholarships to graduating Seniors pursuing careers in the construction industry: one $1,500 scholarship to be used at any vocational, junior, or 2-year school towards a construction related program and one $2,500 scholarship for a student pursuing a 4-year degree in Residential Construction Management.  A completed application must include the application form and cover sheet, official high school transcript, recommendation, and an essay of 500 - 1000 words explaining why you see yourself working in the construction industry. Visit Family Connection for an application and additional information. Completed applications are due no later than 31 May.

NURSES MAKE A DIFFERENCE SCHOLARSHIP 

Cascade Healthcare Solutions offers $1,000 to a Senior with a GPA 3.0 or better who is a legal resident of the U.S. and who has been accepted into an accredited nursing program.  Applicants must submit an essay of 200-300-words discussing how you see yourself impacting the nursing profession, a photo, and a brief biography.  For more information, visit Family Connection or https://www.cascadehealthcaresolutions.com/Chs_Scholarship_a/364.htmApplications are due NLT 5 pm on 1 August. 

PRIDE OF FAIRFAX COUNTY LODGE SCHOLARSHIP

The Pride of Fairfax County Lodge offers two to four scholarships to Seniors who have demonstrated academics achievement and extracurricular participation including church activities.  Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 and include a 250-word essay on future goals and plans that begins with a brief autobiography.  Completed application packets must include two recommendation forms, an official transcript, and copy of acceptance letter from an accredited, post-secondary educational institution (vocational, technical, community or four-year college.)  Applicants may be asked to interview in person.  Award winners are asked to attend an awards ceremony.  For details and an application, visit Family Connection.  Completed applications are due NLT 11 May.

PRINCE WILLIAM-FAIRFAX COUNTY FARM BUREAU SCHOLARSHIP

The Prince William-Fairfax County Farm Bureau offers two need-based, $1,000 scholarships to Seniors or college students who are active in the Prince William-Fairfax Farm Bureau or their competitions and are residents of Fairfax or Prince William County.  Preference will be given to applicants accepted to an accredited college or university who plan to pursue a degree in agriculture, forestry, veterinary science, natural resources, or demonstrate financial need.  Completed applications must include a transcript, and completed application including a media release.  Although not required, recommendations are encouraged.  For more information, visit Family Connections or PW-FC_FarmBureau.docx.  Applications must be received NLT 4 pm, 18 May.

WASHINGTON KOREAN WOMEN’S SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP

The Washington Korean Women’s Society scholarship is open to FCPS Seniors of any ethnicity who will be attending college in the fall of 2018.  Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Completed application packets must include: the completed application, a transcript, basic resume information, proof of acceptance to a college for the 2018-2019 school year, a photograph, and a 300-word essay describing how the applicant overcame a significant obstacle in life or a situation in which personal determination helped achieve a goal.  Applicants must also provide a letter from the parents certifying the family income is less than $50,000.  For more details and to download an application visit Family Connection. Completed applications must be received NLT 15 May. 

Compilations

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

College & Career Fairs

Discover local College and Career Fairs at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/going-college/college-and-career-fairs.

Employment Opportunities

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

Enrichment & Summer Programs

Visit Family Connection for a searchable listing of enrichment and summer programs: Go to the “colleges” tab; scroll down to enrichment programs.

Internship / 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 (FREE or very affordable)

Find a listing of Special Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/special-opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Find a listing of Volunteer Opportunities at https://woodsonhs.fcps.edu/college-and-career-center/volunteering.

Workshops

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