Upcoming Events and Enrichment Opportunities

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Please Note: Advertisement of these opportunities does not constitute sponsorship or endorsement of the sponsoring organization or the enrichment opportunity by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or a specific FCPS school. This opportunity may utilize a technology tool that has not been assessed by the Fairfax County Public Schools Department of Information Technology. Students should gain permission from their parent or guardian before engaging in any non-FCPS enrichment opportunity and families should review and agree to the Terms of Service and User Agreements for any technology platform that enrichment opportunity may use before participating.

Monthly Events and Deadlines To Apply for Opportunities 

Click on each month below to open a list of events, opportunities and deadlines. 

September

 Ron Brown Scholar Program Initiative - Guided Pathway Support Program for College-Bound African American Students – event date School year 2022-23 - for more information visit

SEPTEMBER

Global Leaders of Fairfax County Fellowship 2022-23 for high school seniors (Class of 2023), who are resident of Fairfax County or Attend Fairfax County Public Schools, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher  - Deadline to apply September 5, 2022.

Fairfax County Public Safety Cadet Program -  Fall - 1 Nighter EventsAre you between 14 and 20 years old and have an interest in law enforcement? Join us for one of three 1st Nighter events to learn more about our Public Safety Cadet Program. During these events, you’ll learn more about the units, ask questions and receive an application. The sessions all begin at 7 p.m. Printable Flyer. 

  • North County, Unit 1742, will meet on September 5, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. 14601 Lee Road, Chantilly, VA   
  • Mid-County, Unit 505, will meet on September 12, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at Annandale HS, 4700 Medford Driver, Annandale VA
  • South County, Unit  2252, will meet on October 3, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at West Potomac HS, 6500 Quander Road, Alexandria, VA 

For questions or more information about the Public Safety Cadet Program please email @email or visit the websites linked above.  

8 of the Best Colleges Event event date Sept. 11, 2022, from 8pm to 9:30pm

Volunteer Fest 2022 Event event date Sept. 11, 17 & 18, 2022

Engaging Distinctive Universities – event date Sept. 13, 2022, at 7pm CDT Sept. 28, 2022, at 7pm CDT

Tattersall Park Habitat Restoration – Oakton – event date Sept. 24, 2022, from 9am to 11am

Virtual Young Women in Technology (YWIT) Days Grades 5-12 September 29th, 9am-5pm (EST) for east coast participants.  Can't attend during school? Watch the recorded videos of each workshop. You must register for this option.  Register here: https://netapp.ywit.io/register [secure-web.cisco.com] See agenda here: https://netapp.ywit.io/agenda [secure-web.cisco.com]  View flyer here. 

TRADEMASTERS Open House Event, Friday, September 30, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. -  Networking event hosted by Trademasters with the South Fairfax Chamber of Commerce for business and community. For students this is a good opportunity to connect to alumni and successful businesses people as well as gain information about the Trademasters company offering services in Heating, Air-Conditioning and Plumbing.  RSVP by texting your name and email and number attending to 1-703-550-5555. Printable flyer for this event. 

October

OCTOBER

SteamFitters Local 602 Training Center Open House, Saturday, October 1, 2022.  Topics will include application process, school and class operations, question and answers. Arrive no later than 8 a.m. All Interested parties are welcome to attend. LocationL 8509 Ardwick Ardmore Road, Landover, Md. 20785 No registration required. Note: No applications will be taken at this Open House Event. This is an informational event.  For more information on applying and the Steamfitters program, visit: 602.training.org/application-process.  Printable flyer for this event. 

Be All You Can Be! Army Opportunities event - Saturday, October 1, 2022 8:00 - 10:30 AM.  (for High School) - Educators, Parents, and HS Juniors and Seniors are invited to the “Be All You Can Be” event to explore Army opportunities. Soldiers, Students, and Parents can talk to West Point, ROTC, National Guard, and Army Reserve Subject Matter Experts. Don’t miss a phenomenal opportunity to explore opportunities with the United States Army!

1. See candidates train for the Candidate Fitness Assessment

2. Gather Army opportunities information – college, enlistment, and other opportunities

3. Sign up for more information (QR Code at flyer)

4. Participate in raffle and other giveaways

Where: Specker Field House Area; Fort Belvoir, VA

How: Register & find additional Information on this form.

VDOT Transportation Career Fair - Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Prince William County Fairgrounds Manassas. This event brings together exhibitors who represent a wide variety of transportation related fields such as engineering, aviation, transit, architecture, technology, construction and environmental companies. View this video to see a past year's in-person event.  Space is limited.  Edison HS will take up to 40 students including Academy students who have transportation to and from Edison to travel by bus departing at approximately 8:30 a.m. to Manassas. See Ms Williford in the Academy office or Ms Cottingham in the Career Center at Edison HS if interested. Students from our Academy feeder high schools may also inquire with their high school career center about this trip opportunity. 

7th Annual High School Career Forum (HSCF) - The Virginia Williams High School Career Association, Inc.(VWHSCA, Inc.) (formerly the Fort Hunt High School- Black Cultural Alliance Alumni High School Career Forum) will host the 7th annual High School Career Forum (HSCF) for all high school students, grades 9-12 on Sat. Oct 15, 2022, at the Gum Springs Community Center ( 8100 Fordson Rd.  Alex. VA 22306) from 11am -1pm.  This will be a hybrid event. A moderated panel will share detailed information (education and/or training) about different career options after high school graduation.   Confirmed panelists for this year's HSCF:  Nurse Educator, Current College Student,  STEM, Trade School, U.S. Navy, FC Firefighter, Audio/Visual, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Entrepreneur  and  Office of Talent, Acquisition and Management for Fairfax County Public Schools.  Students must register at the website, www.vwhsca.org,  by Fri. Oct 14, 2022.   Registration is free. 

VETERINARY MEDICINE CAREERS EXPLORATION: A Virtual Workshop Created Especially for High School Students, Saturday, October 15, 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time.  Join experts including: Dr. Aja Harvey, Veterinarian, B.W. Furlong & Associates, Clifton, NJ Dr. Gregory Costanzo, Pet Health Veterinarian, PET SMART, Phoenix, AZ as they share their educational journeys, career paths, and work experiences. This is a chance for students, in grades 9-12, to hear first-hand accounts about how practitioners prepared for vet school, mastered vet school, and chose their post-graduation careers. REGISTER HERE!  The cost for the workshop is $25. However, no student will be denied access to participate because of the inability to pay. For information on financial assistance, please contact @email

Look to the FUTURE Week - College Fair and Post-Secondary Week College Fair - Sunday, October 16, 2022  from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Eagle Bank Arena at George Mason University. Register at this linkUpon registration, students will receive a barcode allowing college representatives to retrieve student information electronically. Barcodes can be scanned from mobile devices. Approximately 250 college and universities will be represented. Post-Secondary Week - Monday, October 17 through Thursday October 20, 2022 a Virtual Event from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Join us to participate in one or call of the live virtual sessions. You will learn how to be better prepared for the next chapter of your educational journey. Register at this link

Historically Black College and University (HBCU) College Festival event date Oct. 7, 2022, from 4pm to 8pm Oct. 8, 2022, from 10am to 2pm 

Work Based Learning Experiences; Job-Shadow, Externships, Internships, Career Mentoring Programs, and Youth Registered Apprenticeship opportunities. 

Ongoing Opportunities and Pre-Recorded Events to View 

Aspire with Rubin -Writing and Speaking For the Workforce - Tutorials

A series of videos by Rubin Education. Go here to select from the list below to watch. 

  • How to Send an Email That Asks for Career Advice
  • How to Ask Someone to Make an Introduction on Your Behalf
  • How to Network with Alumni Through Email
  • How to Write a Resume Objective Statement
  • How to Write A Resume Skills Section
  • Webinar recording - How to Network Like a Pro Through Emails and Conversations

DC College Counseling Pro Bono College Admissions Consulting Services Program

DC College Counseling is excited to partner with the Fieldstone Foundation to offer pro bono (free) college admissions consulting services for students who reside in Fairfax County, VA, in grades 10-12 who currently receive free or reduced price lunch during the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Students who are eager to maximize their college application strategy may apply to receive a variety of benefits. To learn more visit their website, https://www.dccollegecounseling.com/probono  

Explore NOVA Career Education Programs and Career Readiness Workshops (17 options)

This Series of Pre-recorded Workshops are available for you to view. Go here to choose from 17 different topics to explore: 

  • Navigating the Job and Internship Search
  • Building a Standout Resume
  • Security Clearance Information 
  • Obtaining Industry Certifications 
  • Topics in Cybersecurity 
  • Career Connections Online Power Tool 
  • Elevate Your Personal Brand Through Podcasting 
  • NOVA Academic Programs: Automotive and Horticulture Technologies
  • NOVA Academic Programs: Cyber Security and Veterinary Technology 
  • Salary Negotiation
  • LinkedIn Account Set Up and Overview Workshop 
  • STEM Careers - Put Your Best Virtual Foot Forward
  • STEM Careers - High School Resume Cover Letters and Interviewing 
  • STEM Careers - Careers in Administration of Justice, Human Services, Criminology & Legal Affairs 
  • Exploring NOVA IET Programs: Cybersecurity and Data Center Operations 

Fairfax County Police Department - Police Cadet Program

Join the FCPD (Fairfax County Police Department)  

Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) Officers come from diverse backgrounds and bring various experiences to our workforce. Join our team and get paid to train at our DCJS (Department of Criminal Justice Service Academy) located in Chantilly, VA. Our state-of-the-art academy will train you to enforce criminal laws, traffic regulations, and maintain public order through service orientated policing. You will receive firearms, self-defense, driving skills, and criminal investigations, just to name a few, that will allow you to succeed while on patrol and beyond. Take advantage of a range of professional opportunities…..from Major Crimes, Cyber Forensics, Crime Scene, and Organized Crime to SWAT, K9, Helicopter, and Marine Patrol.

Visit www.JoinFCPD.org to learn more about the police departments many functions and career paths and visit this link to learn about the Police Cadet Program for youth today.  

Still have questions, contact a recruiter at @email

 

Fairfax County Police Department members standing together smiling.

 

FCPS Career Pathways Speakers Series Videos

Check out this growing series of video interviews and presentations by professionals who speak on a variety of in-demand careers and career pathways. View the Playlist here. New Videos are being offered monthly.  

Girls in Technology Mentor-Protege Program

Ongoing 

Women In Technology's flagship program Girls In Technology Mentor-Protégé Program, is designed to engage, educate, and inspire high school girls (Grades 9-12) in the DMV area to the vast array of opportunities available in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  Girls In Technology's mentoring program connects High School girls interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers with professional women in STEM. 

The program is free and consists of five virtual sessions, one evening per month, from November-April.  Girls in the program learn about STEM education and careers, scholarship opportunities, build leadership skills, and develop skills for success and confidence. 

More info:https://www.womenintechnology.org/girls-in-technology 

Protégé Applications Now Being Accepted 

for the GIT Mentor-Protégé Programs in DC, MD & VA 

Protégé  Application is live online!

Apply today to be a Protégé in our program: http://bit.ly/GITProtegeApp2020 

 

How She Leads -Stories and Podcasts for girls and women leaders

How She Leads - inspiring stories, themes and advice for girls across all cultures and contexts to empower them to become successful confident women leaders to make the world a better place.  Go here to learn more. 

Virtual Internships by Rubin Education - Multiple Career Fields to Explore in this Series

Hosted by Rubin Education Founder, Danny Rubin.  Dream Job Webinar Series: This Series includes previously recorded webinars with people who are working in a variety of career fields in their dream job. Produced by Rubin Education, these recorded webinars may be found here.  

"Find Someone Else to Pay": A presentation on government resources for funding higher education

On March 7, 2022, Mrs. Pat Locke, the first Black female student to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, the oldest military academy in the United States,  hosted a panel of experts who presented some avenues for students to fund their college education with funding rom government sources, such as the Federal Trio Program, Military Academies, College ROTC programs, STEM internships, and more. Mrs. Locke and the panel share amazing opportunities to decrease student financial debt and increase equitable access to college and career.  

2022 Panelists: 

  • Ms. Pat Locke, Seeds of Humanity Foundation Inc. 

  • Ms. Lisa Benitez, Chief Diversity Officer, USMA 

  • Dr. Tomeka Williams, The MITRE Corporation

  • Dr. Kraig Sheetz, Mount St. Mary University

  • Dr. Tori Matthews, Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Darron Lamokin, PhD Candidate, University of Oklahoma

  • LTC Creyonta West, Howard University ROTC

  • LTC-R Sean Lanier, Resolve Solutions / ROTC SME

NOVA Information Session Recordings

In the winter and spring of 2022 Northern Virginia Community College has presented monthly information sessions for families. Session recordings are now available for HS Seniors and their families. If you missed the live sessions with Q & A you can view and listen to the recordings below. These sessions showcase the diverse academic programs you can pursue at NOVA and include information about the admissions process, the unique career and transfer opportunities available to students, and the numerous services and resources designed to get students connected to the NOVA community. 

NOVA Information Session for FCPS Students & Parents (ENGLISH)

Date: Feb 10, 2022

Meeting Recording: https://youtu.be/c_DBsz7jy3c

NOVA Information Session for FCPS Students & Parents (SPANISH)

Date: Jan 26, 2022

Meeting Recording: https://youtu.be/rSYwwViRbAQ