Career Center - Special Opportunities

Special opportunities come and go throughout the year.  We are defining "special" as free or very affordable.  These opportunities will first appear in the Career Center Newsletter and will remain on this page until they expire.

Remember: This information is provided for your convenience and perusal. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by W.T. Woodson, FCPS, nor 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.

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VALHEN’S HISPANIC COLLEGE INSTITUTE AT VIRGINIA TECH

28 June - 1 July, Blacksburg, VA – This FREE program for Sophomores and Juniors living in Virginia gives students the opportunity to live on campus for four days, learn about college opportunities and financial aid, participate in workshops, spend a day immersed in STEM, and network with Virginia Hispanic leaders.  The program includes transportation to and from Virginia Tech, room and board, and a t-shirt.  Applicants must have a 2.5 or better GPA and be current Sophomores or Juniors enrolled full-time at a Virginia high school.  Visit https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6GypXf1WPUonDHn to get all the details and apply.  Applications are due 15 April.

10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT YOUNG WOMEN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

June – August 2018, VirginiaCongresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) will continue the 10th Congressional District’s Young Women Leadership Program this summer.  The program provides young women currently enrolled in middle school and high school with the opportunity to meet and interact with women who hold leadership roles in government, business, medicine, media relations, and other professions.  Through this nonpartisan program, participants will hear from special guests as they share insight, advice, and stories of personal achievement.  They will also engage with their peers and the special guests in candid, roundtable discussions.  Participants will learn to identify their strengths, practice effective communication with others, and develop leadership abilities.  This summer program will include periodic events held throughout the 10th Congressional District and at the U.S. Capitol.  Participants are asked to attend a majority of the programs offered to fully benefit from this program.  This program will begin in June 2018 and will continue through the end of August 2018.  For more information and to apply, visit https://comstock.house.gov/services/young-women-leadership-program-application. Applications are due by 20 May.

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

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.

THE MACHINE LEARNING AND DATA SCIENCE SUMMER CAMP AT ODU

25 June – 9 July, Old Dominion University – Old Dominion University offers a two week camp that will give 20 students in grades 9 - 11 an introduction to programming and guides students towards an introduction into the dynamic computer science field of machine learning.  By the end of the course, students will be able to create their own advanced machine learning programs.  Applicants will be accepted on prior academic performance and eagerness to learn.  The camp itself is free, however, this is a day-camp and participants will need to provide their own meals, housing, and transportation.  Get all the details and an application at https://sites.wp.odu.edu/dscamp/course-details/Applications are due 1 May.

OVERNIGHT CAMP FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN

11-13 May, Camp Erin Montgomery County, Bar-T Mountainside, 2914 Roderick Rd, Frederick, MDCamp Erin Montgomery County is a free, overnight bereavement camp for children/teens, ages 6-17, who are grieving the death of someone close, regardless of the cause of death or length of time since death.  Camp will take place the weekend of 11-13 May (ending at lunchtime on Sunday) at Bar-T Mountainside in Frederick.  Montgomery County residency is not required.  All meals and round-trip transportation to and from The Hospice Caring Cottage in Gaithersburg, MD are included.  Campers throughout the region are encouraged to attend.    For more information and for a camper application, visit www.hospicecaring.org/camp-erin.html or contact Holly Gonski at hailyg@hospicecaring.org or call 301.869.4673.  Space in the camp is limited.

PRE-COLLEGE INITIATIVE (PCI)

14 April, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA – Virginia Tech’s National Society of Black Engineers’ Pre-college Initiative facilitates events with the goal of inspiring students in grades 9-12 to pursue a career in a STEM field, more specifically engineering. Participants learn more about becoming an engineer by participating in tours of on-campus research facilities, department presentations, and hands-on engineering activities. Students must register to attend PCI events.  There is a one-time fee of $10 to attend events throughout the school year.  Bus transportation is available from Northern Virginia.  For more information and to register, visit http://adancy24.wixsite.com/nsbe/pci.

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.

ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (RIT) HEALTH CARE CAREERS EXPLORATION PROGRAM FOR DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING STUDENTS –

21 – 26 July, Rochester, NY.  College-bound students interested in the health care field can discover which health care careers fits their interests, be part of hands-on demonstrations, become CPR/first aid certified, make friends, and have fun.  Room, board, and other program costs are included in the camp fee of $700.  There are a limited number of scholarships available and space is limited so interested students should apply today.  All required application materials must be submitted by 15 May 2018. For more information, call 585.475.7695 (voice), 585.286.4555 (videophone), text/Facetime 585.448.9651 or by email ntidoutreach@ntid.rit.edu

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.

WALTER REED ARMY INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH (WRAIR) GEMS PROGRAM

The WRAIR GEMS Program invites high school students to work along-side college-age mentors in a professional laboratory environment.  During the one-week sessions which are free-of-charge, students participate in hands-on learning experience and gain exposure to the diversity of STEM field and careers.  Students can apply for a one-week session during the summer in biomedical or engineering programs at the Intermediate Level (9th-10th grade) or Advanced Level (11th – 12th grade).  Sessions will be held at WRAIR in Silver Spring, MD and at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, MD.  Upon completion of the program, students earn a $100 stipend for their participation.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.usaeop.com/silverspring/.  Selected students will be individually notified via email beginning 5 May.  For questions, email usarmy.detrick.medcom-wrair.mbx.gems@mail.mil or call 301.319.7129.  The application deadline is 30 April. 

KHAN ACADEMY

Khan Academy offers great opportunities to learn from Pixar and computer programming.  Visit https://khanacademy.org; search for “Pixar” to discover how to write a short story as well as hints on animation.  Search for “computer programming” to learn more from the pros.  Not only does Khan Academy offer advice from these pros, it offers FREE tutoring in virtually every subject.

THE AMERICAN YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The American Youth Leadership Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers opportunities for American high school students and educators to travel abroad on a three to four week exchange program to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues.  Academic and experiential educational exchange programs focus on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas, eligibility requirements, and application deadlines vary by program, so please check http://exchanges.state.gov/us/program/youth-leadership-programs for more information.

FLY-IN PROGRAMS

Thinking of visiting campuses far from home?  The Center for Student Opportunity provides a list of programs that often provide transportation to qualified students for special college visit programs.  To see the complete list, go to: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/293966/68d3cb4f04/1384000618/ fd68e62f52/

GM ASEP AUTOMOTIVE PROGRAM AT NOVA 

Students who are more geared towards a hands-on type of career may be interested in an associates degree through NOVA’s automotive program in Alexandria.  Attend school for half of the semester while working with a porspective sponsor, earning money and gaining experience.  Rolling enrollment is available.  See www.nvcc.edu/alexandria/automotive/asep.htm for more information and to submit an application.

MILITARY FAMILIES & FREE TUTORING

24/7 online tutoring and homework help free for U.S. Military families.  Students connect with a professional tutor for a one-to-one learning session the moment they need help.  Get help with math, science, English, social studies and standardized tests from the secure online classroom, with real-time chat, and an interactive whiteboard.  Visit www.tutor.com/military   or call 800.411.1970 for more information.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS

The U.S. Department of State sponsors a number of exchange programs. Discover what options exist and what is required. Then, check frequently to discover when a program you want opens. Go to http://exchanges.state.gov/us to discover everything you need to know.