WTW College and Career Center Newsletter

6 April 2018

By K. Ishii
College and Career Center Newsletter
April 06, 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

INVESTIGATING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES (ICO), a Career Fair

Wednesday, 18 April, All Lunches, Cavalier Hall – Approximately 50 presenters will come to Cavalier Hall to answer questions about their careers.  Discover what it takes to get into a career and succeed from Real People with Real Answers.  Bring a bag lunch with finger-food to Cavalier Hall and have a “working” lunch during which you meet interesting people, practice your networking skills, and learn something important.  There will be door prizes for lucky students who talk with at least two of our presenters.  Parents – Help your students by giving them a bag lunch on the 18th and discovering what they learned after school.

NVCC PLACEMENT EXAM REGISTRATION

Seniors planning to attend Northern Virginia Community College next year may register for placement tests given here at W.T. Woodson High School.  Registrants will need a NVCC student ID to register.  That ID is provided at the end of the NVCC application.  Don’t wait.  There are limited seats available at WTW.  Visit the Career Center with your NVCC ID and register.

ATTENTION STUDENTS TAKING AP EXAMS

If you are taking an AP Exam and would like to be excused from your other classes on the day of the exam, you must fill out and return an AP Excused Absence Form.  These blue forms are available in the Attendance office, Student Services, and the Main Office.  Completed forms must be returned to Attendance by April 25th.  (These forms are only for students taking AP Exams. If you are not taking an AP Exam you will report to classes as usual that day.)  Please contact Ms. Forney if you have any questions.

DON’T FORGET

COLLEGE 101

11 April, 7 pm, Madison High School; or 12 April, 7 pm, Fairfax High SchoolSophomore families who missed our WTW College 101 presentation have a chance to catch it at either Fairfax or Madison High School.  Help your student understand why college is a match to be made, not a prize to be won.  This is the first step in the college search/application process.

NOVA TOURS & ADMISSION DISCUSSIONS

The NOVA Annandale Campus is offering two more Snapshot of NOVA events 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.  Plan to meet at the CA Mark Warner Building Information Desk. 

  • Monday, 16 April, 12 - 1 pm
  • Monday, 21 May, 5 – 6 pm

WTW STUDENTS: LEARN ABOUT X2VOL

Wednesday 18 April in F105 after schoolFairfax County provides schools with a digital tool for tracking volunteer hours called x2VOL, and WTW is using it.  Woodson now tracks volunteer hours for both service learning, which may result in a service learning cord worn at graduation, and general community service hours, which may result in a diploma seal for excellence in civics and education given by the Virginia State Board of Education.  Students should take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to use X2VOL.

NOVA 2018 VISION CONFERENCE

18 April, 3:30 - 6:00 pm, Community Cultural Building (CE Building), Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VAFCPS and NVCC are offering an opportunity for students with disabilities to learn about available options.  The conference will include presentations from Disability Services and Counseling Services and a Q&A session.  RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/y7aoazqo.  For more information, call 703.488.6497 or Woodson’s Employment and Transition Representative.

SAFETY AT HOME AND SAFETY AT SCHOOL: WHAT PARENTS CAN DO TO CURB GUN VIOLENCE

Tuesday, 10 April, 6:30 pm, Gatehouse Café (1st floor, 8115 Gatehouse Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042)The Fairfax County Council of PTAs has organized a panel discussion to be held during the FCCPTA General Membership and Superintendent Meeting.  Get all the information and register at fccptagvp.eventbrite.com.

SEEKING STUDENT REP FOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

Fairfax County is seeking a student member to serve on the Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) from July 2018 – June 2019.  Representatives learn about a broad range of environmental issues affecting our community, help influence and shape Fairfax County environmental policies, and have voting rights on matters that come before the council.  Current Sophomores and Juniors are encouraged to apply.  Applications must include a transcript, extracurriculars, two references, and an essay (~500 words) demonstrating an interest in, and understanding of, environmental matters.  Get all the details and an application at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/planning-zoning/environmental-quality-advisory-councilCompleted applications are due by 27 April.

NEW INTERNSHIPS

CHEMISTRY FELLOWSHIP/MENTORSHIP

The Chemical Society of Washington (CSW) offers summer fellowships with a research mentor through the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED.  CSW SEED fellows gain hands-on research experience in a laboratory and opportunities to attend weekend workshops or panels that will help with career navigation and choice.  CSW’s Project SEED is for exceptional, rising high school Seniors or rising college freshmen who have completed at least one year of chemistry (AP Chemistry recommended) and are from economically disadvantaged families with preference given to students whose family income does not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines based on family size (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/01/18/2018-00814/annual-update-of-the-hhs-poverty-guidelines).  Completed applications require a completed application, a copy of the student’s family 1040 form (with blackened SSN), and a recommendation from the applicant’s chemistry teacher following clear requirements.  Participants are expected to work 40 hours/week in the summer, attend SEED events outside the lab (4 events are currently planned, usually on Saturdays at 11 am), and participate in the end-of-summer symposium with a written report and poster.  To learn more about the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED, visit https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/students/highschool/seed/2017-project-seed-program-summary.pdf.  Applications can be found in the Career Center.  Completed applications must be received by 5 May.

NEW SPECIAL PROGRAMS

LEADERS AND CAREERS IN THE LAW

12 May, 11:30 am – 4:00 pm, Fairfax Courthouse, 4110 Chain Bridge Road - The Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference’s Children and the Law Commission is hosting this FREE conference and law fair intended for all high school and college students interested in law school and legal careers.  The keynote speaker is The Honorable John M. Tran, Fairfax Circuit Court.  Panelists include Robbin Lee, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Jay Prabhu, Assistant United States Attorney, US Attorney’s Office, Deena Sharuk, Attorney, Legal Aid Justice Center, and Susheela Varky, Attorney, Virginia Poverty Law Center.  Admissions deans from University of Virginia, William & Mary, George Mason University, American University, and the University of Richmond law school will attend.  Upon conclusion of the panels, students may take a tour of the courthouse.  Lunch will be provided and law schools will have pamphlets, pens, and notebooks available.  For event registration and additional details, visit https://vsbevent.virginiainteractive.org/Home/Detail/114.

FUTURE WOMEN LEADERS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

6 - 10 August, Monday-Thursday 9 am – 3 pm, Falls Church High School, Friday Noon – 7:30 pm Fairfax County Public Safety Headquarters, Fairfax – This FREE program is open to all high school women who will be entering 10th-12th grades in the fall of 2018 and who are interested in law enforcement.  Students will meet women leaders in law enforcement in Fairfax County and will learn about patrol, crime scene investigation, the recruiting process, and leadership skills.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/servicesah/fwlle. Class size is limited to 25 students.  Applications must be received by 14 May

POLICE LEADERS OF TOMORROW

11 - 15 June, 9 am – 3 pm, various police facilities across Fairfax County – In an effort to increase diversity, interested applicants to the police force ages 18-24 are selected to attend a one-week training course.  Class size is limited to 15 students.  Participants will learn about the Fairfax Criminal Justice Academy, Helicopter Division, crime scene investigation, K-9 demonstration, traffic stops, the hiring process, and more.  Visit  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/servicesiz/plot for more details and to apply.   Completed applications are due 30 April.

TEEN POLICE ACADEMY

16 – 20 July, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Falls Church High School, and Friday, 12:00 pm to 7:30 at the Public Safety Headquarters building in Fairfax – The Teen Police Academy is a FREE week long program that provides high school students with an opportunity to learn more about the Fairfax County Police Department, understand core functions, explore careers in law enforcement, and participate in hands-on activities.  The program is open to all Fairfax County high school students currently enrolled in criminal justice classes and entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade during the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Class size is limited to 25 students.  Students are expected to provide their own transportation and participants are expected to attend all classes.  For an application and more details, visit https://fairfaxcounty.gov/police/servicesiz/teenpoliceacademyApplications must be received by 14 May.

NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

CAMP LIGHTHOUSE at COLUMBIA LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND

25 - 29 June, 8:45 am – 3:45 pm, YMCA, Silver Spring, 9800 Hastings Dr, Silver Spring, MD – Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind is seeking camp counselor volunteers at least 16 years of age for their camp for low-vision or blind children from the metro DC area who are 6 – 12 years old.  Transportation will be provided by shuttle from the Silver Spring Metro Rail Station.  A mandatory camp counselor orientation will be held on 18 June from 10 am – 12:30 pm at Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, 8757 Georgia Ave, Suite 805, Silver Spring, MD.  Lunch will be provided.  Applications are available from Ms. Ishii in the Career Center, and are due by 1 June.  For more information on volunteering and about the program, visit www.clb.org/get-involved/volunteer/.

LITTLE RUN CARNIVAL

21 April, 10 am – 2:00 pm, Little Run Elementary, 4511 Olley Lane, Fairfax – Little Run Organizers of the Little Run Carnival are seeking volunteers for their Spring Carnival Fundraiser.  Students will help in game rooms.  Two hour shifts are available from 10 am – Noon and Noon – 2 pm.  Volunteering includes admission to all game rooms.  Food and concessions are extra.  For more information and to sign up, visit https://sites.google.com/site/littlerunpta2/events/carnival.  Look for “WE NEED YOU” and click the Sign Up link.  For questions, visit Amy Vailikit at amy@vailikit.com or 571.239.1211.

ROACHES RUN WATERFOWL SANCTUARY CLEANUP

8 April, Noon, Arlington, VA – Interested Juniors and students admitted to Randolph College are invited to this community service event at the Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary in Arlington along the GW Parkway and Potomac River.  A light lunch will be provided under the black and gold tent in the parking lot at noon followed by the cleanup on the trail at 12:45 pm.  All tools and supplies will be provided.  To register, visit https://catscleanup.app.rsvpify.com.  For directions and more information about the sanctuary, visit https://facebook.com/pages/Roaches-Run-Waterfowl-Sanctuary/106350006089057.  For questions, contact Jim Duffy, Admissions, at 434.485.8027 or jduffy@randolphcollege.edu.

VISION SERVICES FAMILY PICNIC

16 April, 10 am – 2:00 pm (10:00 set-up, 11:00-1:30 event followed by clean-up), Nottoway Park, Vienna, VA (corner of Nutley and Courthouse Rd) – FCPS is seeking enthusiastic high school students to assist children with visual impairments at this year’s picnic.  Student volunteers will help with set-up and clean-up as well assisting children during the event with games such as LEGOs, three-legged race, bubbles, face-painting, and more.  All volunteers will receive a certificate and volunteer hours.  To sign up, contact Mrs. Susan Lengel at smlengel@fcps.edu.

NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

SUMMER AQUATIC JOB FAIR

Area employers representing over 300 locations across northern Virginia will be looking for lifeguards, pool managers, front desk attendants, and supervisors at their aquatic facilities.  No experience is required.

  • 8 April, 11 am – 4 pm Courtyard Marriott Dunn Loring, 2722 Gallows Rd, Vienna, VA,
  • 29 April Noon – 5 pm Holiday Inn Chantilly Dulles Expo Center, 4335 Chantilly Shopping Ctr, Chantilly, VA 20151

SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, Fairfax, VA  is looking for counselors ages 16 and older to work in their social skills day camp for children with High Functioning Autism, ADHD, and related disorders as well as counselors to be Inclusion Support Staff (aka shadows) to work with children with a variety of special needs in their general day camp.  Experience working with children with special needs is required.  Daily activities include swim, arts and crafts, field trips, music, sports, etc.  Being a shadow includes aiding a child with appropriate social skills, staying on task, redirecting when needed, and helping him/her to have a positive experience.  Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm with additional times as needed.  Apply online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd2LYsaXgIdig7iFf13StaLW30dum5OCWTI3uKN4W4qNyMMkA/viewform; and send a resume to Jessica.Tischler@jccnv.org if applying for a camp counselor job, or to email your resume to Arlene.Lechner@jccnv.org if applying for an inclusion support staff position.

NEW WORKSHOPS

ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND COLLEGE – Carla Bass, author of Write to Influence! will present essay-writing workshops focused on writing powerful essays for college applications.  Skills learned will help students learn how to make each word count and every second of the workshop is designed to play to the audience’s advantage.  Workshops will be held

2018 K – 12 STEM SYMPOSIUM

Saturday, 14 April, 9 am – 3 pm, The Nysmith School, 13625 EDS Dr, Herndon, VA – Altamira Technologies is sponsoring the 2018 K-12 Stem Symposium which is a FREE and exciting all-day forum engaging students, parents, and teachers with information opportunities, hands-on experiments/activities, and government and industry exhibitors.  Participants can also discover STEM-related internships.  This year you can even hear from Cady Coleman, a scientist, NASA Astronaut, and WTW Graduate.  Learn more about the symposium and register at https://stemsymposium.com/.

POVICH CENTER WORKSHOP AND JAMBOREE

14 April, 9 am – 4:00 pm, Knight Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD – The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism is hosting this FREE workshop for all high school and college students in the DMV area.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Journalists from The Washington Post, ESPN, and more will provide important learning tools and inspiration to students interested in sports media.  There will be panels on feature and beat reporting, radio and TV, working for a sports team, sports photography, and more.  Students are also invited to bring their own work for professional critique.  To register for the event, students should email Kate Yanchulis at katerp@umd.edu with their school and grade level.  For more information and an updated agenda, visit http://povichcenter.org/aril-14-2018-shirley-povich-center-workshop-jamboree.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS

ANIDJAR & LEVINE COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP

The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine provide $1,000 to a Senior or college student who has been accepted to a two- or four-year U.S. college/university, or graduate program.  Applicants should have a history of serving their community in a volunteer role and must have a 3.0 or better GPA.  Completed applications must include a transcript, a resume showing community service, and a 500-word essay on one of these prompts: (1) What job skills did you develop through community service that you did not posses prior to volunteering?  (2) What did community service teach you about leadership? or (3) How has your community service influenced your career goals?  For more information and to apply, visit Family Connection or www.anidjarlevine.com/community-service-scholarship/The electronic application and all required documents must be submitted by 30 June. 

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR EAGLES

Scholarships for Eagles provides six $500 scholarships to FCPS Seniors who have earned Eagle Scout Awards and plan to attend any state accredited school above the high school level and in the U.S. starting the fall of 2018.  The awards given are based on academics and extracurricular activities.  Applicants have a 2.5 or better GPA and demonstrate practical citizenship in church, school, sports, scouting, and/or community.  Applicants must provide a list of activities, and submit an official high school transcript,  For details and to download an application, visit Family Connection or www.scholarshipsforeagles.org (search for scholarship.) Applications must be received by 11 May.

THANKSUSA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The ThanksUSA Scholarship Program provides up to 500 awards of $3,000.  Awards are not renewable, but applicants may apply each year they meet eligibility requirements.  Applicants must be a dependent child, age 24 or under, or spouse of U.S. military service personnel.  (A special scholarship up to $38,000 is available for dependents of U.S. military personnel disabled or fallen during their service.)  High school Seniors must have a 2.0 or better GPA and plan to enroll for the first time in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two or four-year college, university, or technical school.  Recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school, church and community activities, a statement of goals, and unusual personal or family circumstances.  Before you apply online, gather the following information: U.S. Military Personnel’s base or unit location; applicant and U.S. military personnel’s email addresses; applicant’s transcript; short statement of applicant’s educational and career objectives; and financial information from the family’s most recent submitted tax return.  Also be prepared to upload a digital copy of an applicant photo, evidence of military duty such as a letter from personnel dept. or CO, a copy of orders, certificate of release or discharge, or DD 214; and if applicable, documentation of injury sustained in the line of duty, disability determination or copy of death certificate.  For more information and to apply, visit Family Connection or https://www.scholarsapply.org/thanksusaAll required documents must be submitted by 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.