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. 

December

December 3,2022 VEX Robotics - Designing, coding and team work - event date Dec. 3, 2022, from 10am to 11:30am - https://witgitconnect.secure-platform.com/a/

December 9, 2022. Waseda University Online Information Session – from 8pm to 10:30pm or Dec. 10, 2022, from 12am to 2:30am - https://www.waseda.jp/inst/admission/en/schedule/

January

January 18, 2023 “Growing Your Career” Career & Education Expo for Military Families (HS) 10am-2pm Location: National Museum of the United States Army (Ft. Belvoir). This event is for transitioning service members, military spouses, dependents, and veterans. It will include opportunities for summer hire for military dependents. There will be 12 colleges/universities present, and 12 agencies that will be hiring for summer and other employment. The event will also touch on how to apply for GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program as well. For more information and to register, please see the event flier!

February

February 1, 2023, 2023 Gap Year Fair for Students and their Families (HS) - FCPS School Counseling Services and Go Overseas are co-hosting the annual FCPS Gap Year Fair on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at West Springfield High School from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. This event is for high school students and parents who are interested in learning more about the growing array of gap year opportunities. The evening will begin with a presentation in the auditorium from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., by Julia Rogers, Founder of EnRoute Consulting and Gap Year Association Board President. Immediately following, the program fair will be in the cafeteria from 7:15 to 9:00 p.m., with representatives from over 40 programs offering gap year opportunities. Students and their families are invited to meet the representatives and learn about the variety of experiences available. Students are encouraged to pre-register for this event. For more information, visit USA Gap Year Fairs or FCPS Gap Year Fair, or contact Pamela White, Special Projects Liaison, at [email protected] or 571-423-44312023 FCPS Gap Year Fair Flier. **In the event of inclement weather on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. The Gap Year Fair will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

February 6, 2023 Deadline - MITRE High School Student Program – deadline Feb. 6, 2023 – event date June 19 to Aug. 11, 2023 - https://careers.mitre.org/us/en/nationwide-high-school-student-program

February 9, 2023Girls in Technology Mentor-Protégé Program – event date Feb. 9, 2023 and March 9, 2023 - https://www.womenintechnology.org/girls-in-technology

February 10, 2023 - Deadline for Spring Enrichment Programs with William and Mary School of Education. Center for Gifted Education. Event date(s) Feb. 25, March 4, or March 11, 2023, from 9:30 am to 3pm - https://education.wm.edu/centers/cfge/precollegiate/sep/

February 13- 16, 2023 Instruction 2 Industry: A career expo for high school students – deadline Feb. 15, 2023, at 9:00 AM – event date Feb. 13-16, 2023, 4pm to 7pm/8pm - https://www.fcps.edu/node/45168

February 17, 2023 Deadline- Society of Women Engineers of UVA High School Visitation – deadline Feb. 17, 2023 – event date March 18, 2023 from 9am to 8pm - https://www.virginiaswe.org/hsv

February 17, 2023  and other dates - UVA School of Architecture Spring Visit Opportunities – event date Onsite: Feb 17, March 17, and April 21, 2023, from 11:30am to 1pm, Virtual: Feb 15, March 15, and April19, 2023 from 6pm to 7pm - https://www.arch.virginia.edu/apply/visit-us

March

Through Mid- March 2023 - UVA Facilities Management Apprenticeship Program Application Window-  The next application period is expected to begin mid-March 2023 and continue through the end of April. Onboarding and orientation for Apprenticeship new hires will occur in July 2023. One application is posted for all apprenticeship trades tracks available at UVA FM: Carpentry, masonry/plastering, electrical, plumbing and HVAC. Experience in the trades is not a requirement to apply. However, if you do have trades experience or education be sure to note it on your resumé and application. UVA FM's website can serve as a resource for applicants to familiarize themselves with FM projects and initiatives. Applications will only be accepted online. As part of the application, the following documents and information are required:

  • Cover letter
  • Resumé
  • References: Name, phone numbers, and/or email addresses of three non-family former colleagues and/or supervisors who can attest to your skills and qualifications. Recent students may use a teacher or professor they have worked with closely.
  • Letter of recommendation from someone other than a family member. Additional letters of recommendation are optional.

Be sure to include all requested documents, as well as any previous trades experience or education you may have.Phone interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as applications are received. In-person interviews will be scheduled after the application period closes. Following interviews, finalists undergo background checks conducted via UVA Human Resources. Letters are then sent with formal offers or encouraging applicants to reapply the following year. Go here for more information and details. 

March 11, 2023 - Teen Job Fair –  at West Springfield High School from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. Visit this link for more information https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/springfield/teenjobfairs

March 15, 2023 Deadline - UVA Advance – deadline March 15, 2023 – event date July 15, 2023 to Aug. 11, 2023 - https://summer.virginia.edu/uva-advance

March 17, 2023  and other dates - UVA School of Architecture Spring Visit Opportunities – event date Onsite: Feb 17, March 17, and April 21, 2023, from 11:30am to 1pm, Virtual: Feb 15, March 15, and April19, 2023 from 6pm to 7pm - https://www.arch.virginia.edu/apply/visit-us

March 18, 2023- Teen Job Fair - at South County High School from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit this link for more information https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/springfield/teenjobfairs  

March 24, 2023 Deadline - Girls Who Code – 2 week summer program – deadline March 24, 2023 – event date July 3 to 14, 2023 - https://girlswhocodesm.smapply.io   And Girls Who Code -  6 week summer program – deadline March 24, 2023 – event date July 3 to Aug. 11, 2023 - https://girlswhocodesm.smapply.io

March 25, 2023 -Teen Job Fair - at Chantilly High School from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit this link for more information https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/springfield/teenjobfairs  

 

April

April 7, 2023 Deadline - VetCamp 2023 – deadline April 7, 2023 – event date June 26-20 or July 10-14, Virtual: June 19 – 23, 2023 https://cals.ncsu.edu/vetpac/vetcamp/  A 5 day summer camp at NCSU for educating students about careers in Veterinary Medicine. 

April 11, 2023 - UVA Apprenticeship Job Fair and 40th Anniversary Celebration

April 19, 2023 - NOVA Vision 2023 - Virtual Event, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Click HERE to complete the FCPS registration form
  • Click HERE to register and receive ZOOM link

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

FCPS and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), are offering a virtual opportunity for students with disabilities to learn about available options at the post-secondary level. The conference will include a presentation from Accommodations and Accessibility Services, a student panel, and a Q & A session.

April 21, 2023 and other dates - UVA School of Architecture Spring Visit Opportunities – event date Onsite: Feb 17, March 17, and April 21, 2023, from 11:30am to 1pm, Virtual: Feb 15, March 15, and April19, 2023 from 6pm to 7pm - https://www.arch.virginia.edu/apply/visit-us

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