Special Opportunities

Free or Very Affordable

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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USMC SPORTS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY – VOLLEYBALL

30 March, 9 am – 4 pm, The St. James, 6805 Industrial Rd., Springfield, VAThe United States Marine Corps presents these FREE Built to Lead workshops for teenagers aged 14 – 19.  The Academy uses sports to help participants develop leadership skills.  Participants take part in skill sessions, each court focusing on a different, vital volleyball skill. They will receive a Built to Lead Evaluation at the end of the day.  Between skill sessions and evaluation, participants will have the opportunity to be challenged, motivated, and to interact with members of the U.S. Marine Corps.  For more information and to register, visit https://usmcsports.com/.

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CONFLICT RESOLUTION YOUTH SUMMIT

15 – 19 July, 9 am – 5 pm, George Mason University.  George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution offers this week-long summer day program introducing rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to a variety of aspects of conflict resolution.  Participants will be actively engaged in simulation labs, field trips, and workshops led by experts in the field.  There is a $400 fee for this program.  Need-based scholarships are available.  For more information and to apply, visit https://scar.gmu.edu/impact/programs-and-projects/conflict-resolution-youth-summit.

AIM SUMMER PROGRAM AT THE US COAST GUARD ACADEMY

7-12 July, 14-19 July, or 21-26 July, New London, CT - The Academy Introduction Mission (AIM) is a one-week summer program for rising high school Seniors.  Students will be immersed in life at the Coast Guard Academy and will help to discover whether the Academy experience is truly what the student wants from college.  Tuition, room, and board for the week is $525 and includes supplies, equipment, and uniforms.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.uscga.edu/aim/The application deadline is 1 April.

CAMP WOODS AND WILDLIFE

17-22 July, Holiday Lake 4-H Center, near Appomattox, VA – This residential camp is for students to explore and experience activities in forestry and wildlife related career and to engage in hands-on learning about natural resources conservation.  Eligible students are ages 13-16 with an interest in natural resources, live in Virginia, and have never attended Holiday Lake Forestry Camp.  Students must be nominated by an unrelated adult who is aware of the student’s interests including teachers, scout, church or other youth group leader, natural resource professionals; and guidance counselors. This camp has a structured academic focus, and campers enjoy outdoor field experiences on the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest. The program centers on classes such as forest management, wildlife and environmental protection, supplemented by special presentations from natural resource professionals.  Students who are selected to the camp receive a scholarship covering most fees.  An $85 registration fee is the only cost required upon the acceptance of the camp.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.dof.virginia.gov/forestry/camp/index.htmThe application deadline is 10 April.

COLLEGE BOARD OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP

The new College Board Opportunity Scholarship provides students the chance to earn money for college for each action they take in the college planning process. Starting this December, students in the class of 2020 can earn funding for college by completing key steps along the path to college. Drawings determine who receives awards.  The information page has a video to help explain the program.

THE COLOR OF JUSTICE

23 March, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, Circuit Court of Fairfax County, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA – Sponsored by the Fairfax Bar Association, this event will provide an opportunity for 7th to 12th graders to learn about the American legal system as well as the challenges and rewards of a career in law.  Participants will have the chance to play the role of a juror in a mock trial presented by real attorneys and judges.  After reaching a verdict, student jurors will share observations in small groups and listen to a panel of judges discuss the trial.  Students will also have a chance to discuss the day’s proceedings with attorneys and judges over a complimentary lunch.  For more information and to register, contact Mary C. Huff at 703.279.7217 or mhuff@bklawva.com.  Participants may choose to participate in an essay contest for one of three prizes: $200, $250, and $350.  Essays must be limited to four double-spaced pages in 12 pt Times New Roman or Courier font and must discuss What effects do you believe the United States’ current immigration policy has had on the country?  What changes, if any, would you propose to the United States’ immigration policy moving forward?  Provide your reasoning and how it’s feasible for our country.  Completed essays must be submitted by 28 February to NGrejda@curranmother.com

CONFLICT RESOLUTION YOUTH SUMMIT

15 – 19 July, 9 am – 5 pm, George Mason University.  George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution offers this week-long summer day program introducing rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students to a variety of aspects of conflict resolution.  Participants will be actively engaged in simulation labs, field trips, and workshops led by experts in the field.  There is a $400 fee for this program.  Need-based scholarships are available.  For more information and to apply, visit https://scar.gmu.edu/impact/programs-and-projects/conflict-resolution-youth-summit.

ENGINEERING SUMMER PROGRAM (ESP)

15 June – 26 July, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI - Engineering Summer Program (ESP) is a fully funded, six-week residential program for students who will be high school Juniors or Seniors in the upcoming school year. ESP is a rigorous academic summer program designed to attract academically talented women and students from groups historically underrepresented in the field of engineering. The ESP course curriculum includes math, physics, chemistry, engineering, and technical communications. Other structured programming such as industry site visits, field trips, guest lectures, workshops, and faculty mentoring will help students gain a better understanding of the field of engineering and its applications.  To take part in ESP, applicants must have a strong interest in math and engineering, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, be a current Sophomore or Junior in high school, have completed at least one year of algebra, geometry, and chemistry, and have a minimum unweighted grade-point average of 3.0.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.engr.wisc.edu/academics/student-services/diversity-programs/engineering-summer-program/The application deadline is 1 April.

FAIRFAX COUNTY EXPLORER  PROGRAM FOR FIRE AND RESCUE

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue offers members of the explorer program the opportunity to serve their community, build leadership skills, and gain exposure to the fire and rescue service.  Post 1949 meets three times a week to conduct training in various aspects of the fire service.  After a short training session, explorers are permitted to accompany fire and rescue personnel to emergency incidents.  Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fire-ems/explorer-training

FAIRFAX PUBLIC ACCESS TV AND RADIO CAMPS

July - August (Dates vary by program), Fairfax, VA – Fairfax Public Access offers one-week teen radio camps and two-week television camps for teens at a low cost.  At the radio camp, students will learn to use the WRLD radio student equipment and learn procedures on how to conduct a radio show at the station.  Students will work to create a 1-hour radio show with segments on news, traffic, and student selected themes.  The TV camps consist of either a television studio production camp or a field production documentary-style camp.  Students will learn about the equipment and crew positions to create a successful TV project with the goal of creating a 30-minute program.  The radio camp is $350, and the TV camps are $500.  A 10% early registration discount will be applied to enrollments completed by 31 March, and a 5% early registration discount will be applied to enrollments received by 31 May.  For more information including specific camp dates, visit https://www.fcac.org/summer-camp-registration-forms.

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.  Visit: http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/293966/68d3cb4f04/1384000618/ fd68e62f52/ to see the complete list.

GAINS IN THE EDUCATION OF MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE (GEMS)

Dates vary by program, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), Silver Spring, MD – GEMS is an Army-sponsored summer STEM enrichment program for rising 7th through 12th grade students held at Army research laboratories and engineering centers.  Locally, WRAIR is sponsoring FREE one week biomedical and engineering programs for high school students.  GEMS students are mentored by university level near-peer mentors who facilitate the laboratory investigations and discuss the importance of STEM research.  Students gain practice in using the scientific method, designing experiments, recording data and forming conclusions based on their data.  The week-long GEMS session concludes with poster presentations, during which the students present their preliminary findings, as if attending a scientific meeting.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.usaeop.com/program/silverspring/The application deadline is 31 March.

HISPANIC COLLEGE INSTITUTE (HCI)

18-21 July, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA – Approximately 150 Hispanic students from across the Commonwealth will learn to overcome both real and perceived barriers to college access during this four-day, three-night program.  During this FREE program, students will participate in a STEM day, attend college and career workshops, network with Hispanic professionals, meet with college admissions officers, learn about conflict management and civic engagement, interact with near-peer mentors, listen to inspirational speakers, and compete for scholarships.  To apply and get more information, email hci@valhen.org.

I’M DETERMINED SUMMIT

14-16 July, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA – This three- day summit sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education is designed to empower African American males with disabilities to overcome barriers, become self-determined, and to graduate from high school college and career ready.  State leaders and mentors engage young men in grades 9-11 in activity-based learning. Concurrent parent workshops offer resources and tools to promote self-determination in their sons and increase parent engagement in the education process.  All costs associated with lodging and meals are covered, as well as reimbursement for mileage to and from the event.  A parent must attend with the student.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.imdetermined.org/move/The application deadline is 1 April..

ITALIAN - ONLINE COURSE IN AP ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE – Wellesley College offers a FREE online course on the edX platform.  This could provide a study option for the May AP test.  Students can register for free and have instant access anytime to all online materials for self-study.  (Although the basic course is entirely free, there are classes with teachers to assist in the online culture course FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE.  To access the free online culture course, visit https://www.edx.org/course/ap-italian-language-and-culture-2018-2019?utm_source=School+Counselors&utm_campaign=eef11958e0-AP+Italian+counselors+EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_02_CO&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7d8bcaa4e2-eef11958e0-231525865.  For questions, contact apitalian@wellesley.edu.

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.

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.

MIDWEST HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS ANALYTICS ACADEMY FOR UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS

14 - 19 July, Katie School of Insurance and Risk Management, Illinois State University, Normal. IL – This program provides, at no cost, on-campus room and board, field trips, and career information materials for 20 – 21 African American and Native American students. Each student also receives a $200 stipend to cover transportation and incidental expenses. Participants will tour the Illinois State University campus, hear insurance, analysts, and actuaries explain what they do, take field trips to observe professionals at work, meet Illinois State University students, talk to professionals about career and job opportunities in analytics, learn about Illinois State University, learn more about the Department of Mathematics, learn more about the Actuarial Science Program, and learn more about the Katie School of Insurance and Risk Management.  For more information and to apply, visit https://business.illinoisstate.edu/katie/outreach/minority.shtmlThe application deadline is 1 April.

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.

NC STATE WILSON COLLEGE OF TEXTILES SUMMER TEXTILE EXPLORATION PROGRAM (STEP)

16-21 June, 23-28 June, 7-12 July, 14-19 July, or 21-26 July, NC State University, Raleigh, NC -  The Wilson College of Textiles Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP) consists of one-week sessions for rising high school Seniors interested in learning about the textile industry, fashion, engineering, polymer science, and business marketing.  Up to 30 or 35 students per week are chosen based on their academic success, interest in NC State Wilson College of Textiles, and extracurricular activities. Participants will live in one of NC State’s residence halls.  Students participate in sessions learning about the five degree programs offered in the Wilson College of Textiles, applying to NC State University, Centennial Scholarship, future internship and job opportunities, and visit local textile companies.  The program cost is $250 which includes lodging, transportation during the program, materials, and several meals during the program. Students are encouraged to bring approximately $150 in spending money to cover meals and evening activities not covered by the program fee. Students in need of financial assistance can submit a fee waiver after completing the STEP application.  For more information and to apply, visit https://textiles.ncsu.edu/step/The application deadline is 1 April.

SHENANDOAH UNIVERSITY YOUTH THEOLOGY INSTITUTE (SUYTI)

14-27 July, Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA and American University, Washington, DC - Shenandoah University’s Youth Theology Institute is an intensive two-week program designed to help rising high school Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors become better leaders through deep and thought-provoking experiences.  Academic study and religious reflection will be balanced with immersive experiences.  Students will be exposed to different faith traditions, service opportunities, and a mixture of rural, wilderness, and urban contexts at Shenandoah’s Winchester campus and the American University campus in Washington, DC. The Youth Theology Institute is also a 3-credit undergraduate course taught by engaging religion faculty and focused on exploring Christian vocation in the 21st century. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive credit for the course at Shenandoah University.  Cost for the two-week summer session is only $200 as it is highly subsidized by a grant.  This will be the last year the institute will be offered at this reduced cost.  For questions, contact the Director of the Shenandoah University Youth Theology Institute Rev. Colleen Hallagan Preuninger at (540) 665-5453 or at cpreunin@su.edu.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.su.edu/youththeologyThe application deadline is 1 May, but students are accepted on a rolling basis so early application is encouraged.

STEM CAMPS

Summer 2019, Dates vary by location, Northern Virginia Community College – One-week camps in Robotics, Rocketry, and Cyber Security are being offered at the campuses of NVCC this summer.  The cost for each camp is $315.  Discounts are available for siblings and/or signing up for multiple camps.  Registration is currently open.  For more information and to register, visit https://www.nvcc.edu/systemic/camps.html.

SUMMER LEADERSHIP AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

15-20 July, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA – Current high school Sophomores and Juniors are invited to apply to this program which introduces selectees to the Marine Corps mission, core values, military culture, and leadership principles.  Students will be exposed to the teachings and lessons of Marine Corps leaders.  Physical training and scenario-based reaction courses will be emphasized throughout the week.  For additional eligibility requirements and to apply, visit https://slcda.marines.com/The application deadline is 1 April.

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.

USMC SPORTS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY – VOLLEYBALL

30 March, 9 am – 4 pm, The St. James, 6805 Industrial Rd., Springfield, VAThe United States Marine Corps presents these FREE Built to Lead workshops for teenagers aged 14 – 19.  The Academy uses sports to help participants develop leadership skills.  Participants take part in skill sessions, each court focusing on a different, vital volleyball skill. They will receive a Built to Lead Evaluation at the end of the day.  Between skill sessions and evaluation, participants will have the opportunity to be challenged, motivated, and to interact with members of the U.S. Marine Corps.  For more information and to register, visit https://usmcsports.com/.

YOUTH CADET LAW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM

23-28 June, Virginia State Police Training Academy, North Chesterfield, VA - The Virginia American Legion and the Virginia State Police conduct this week-long hands-on event for rising high school Seniors at the VSP Training Academy. Students interested in a law enforcement career get a small glimpse of the varied training experienced by a trooper.  Sponsoring American Legion Posts are responsible for the costs of the program, which includes meals, housing, Youth Cadet Law Enforcement T-shirts to be worn during the training sessions, and a graduation certificate and pin. The Virginia State Police counselors, program instructors, academy facilities, and equipment are provided as a public service. Students who wish to apply for selection to the Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program should contact their nearest American Legion Post for sponsorship information.  For more information, visit https://valegion.org/programs/jr-law-cadet/.  Follow the links to the YCLE Brochure and YCLE Application.  For questions, contact Program Director Bill Feasenmyer at 804.520.9280 (work), 804.337.8753 (cell) or billfeas2@comcast.net.