Upcoming College & Career Events
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.
Ongoing Opportunities and Pre-Recorded Events to View
Codefy is a fiscally sponsored nonprofit organization that strives to provide equal computer science education to everyone, regardless of their age, grade, or previous experience with the subject.
Codefy currently has two computer science opportunities for high school students.
The first is a program called CAMP, which pairs high school students with college mentors in order to complete a computer-science related research project. The research project is meant to be interdisciplinary, and the overall purpose of CAMP is to show how computer science can be applied to a diverse range of fields. You can find more about the program in specific at: http://camp.codefycs.org/.
Starting next week, Codefy will host 9 different free online coding classes on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Some classes will start next week, while other classes will start later (in November). Each class is approximately 1.5 hours, and is held on a weekly basis through Zoom. These classes are suitable for both beginners and others who have a bit more experience with computer science. Classes feature small group mentoring by experienced and trained high school students. The classes that we offer are:
- CAD (Fusion 360)
- Java (Advanced) - Material from AP Computer Science A
- Java (Basic) - Material from AP Computer Science Principles
- Java (Data Structures) - Material that goes beyond AP Computer Science A and is useful for many computer science applications
- Java (Intermediate) - Serves as a bridge between Java (Basic) and Java (Advanced)
- Python (Advanced)
- Python (Basic)
- Scratch (Basic)
- Website Development
For more details, and parents and student may check out the Fall Course Offerings and Schedule
Students can register for classes here: https://enrollment.codefycs.org
You can also check out some previous testimonials about Codefy classes at: http://codefycs.org/testimonials.html
Codefy is also seeking student volunteers who have experience in coding and are willing to teach other students about the subjects listed above. They will be able to join Codefy's brilliant volunteer team made up of students from across the world, and will receive service hours for their work.
If you would like to volunteer, check out this link: http://codefycs.org/get-involved.html.
"I have found coding to be an excellent gateway to exploring many useful tools in all aspects of STEM, from biology to data science and app development, and learning computer science has helped me with internships, starting personal projects, conducting research, and just getting a head start on challenging coursework. I hope that I can share these opportunities with your students!" Codefy member, and TJHSST student, Varshini Subramanian
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.
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
Pre-recorded to view.
The STEM Careers in Cybersecurity and Veterinary Technology virtual event has already taken place. You you may view the recording here.
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The STEM Careers in Automotive Technology and Horticulture Technologies event has already taken place. You may view the recording here:
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The Culinary, Hospitality and Events Careers Panel hosted by NOVA SySTEMic has already taken place. You may the video recording of this event here.
FREE NASA OPPORTUNITIES FOR VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!
Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides the following FREE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities for Virginia high school students in grades 10 through 12. Our student application deadline is almost here! Please apply by October 25, 2020!
10TH GRADE Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) – Online course for 10th grade students focusing on missions flown or managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, with a week-long summer academy program at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. http://vsgc.odu.edu/spacecoast/
11TH AND 12TH GRADE Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) – Online course for 11th and 12th grade students focusing on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to the Moon and on to Mars with a week-long summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center. Students can earn up to four free dual enrollment college credits. http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/
11TH AND 12TH GRADE Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) – This interactive online earth system science course for 11th and 12th grade students features NASA scientific research and data. Students can earn up to five dual enrollment college credits and can also be selected to attend a summer academy program at NASA Langley Research Center. http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS
Our online course applications are OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER 25th for 10th – 12th grade students to apply.
The Washington DC Joint Plumbing Apprentice Committee is now accepting applications for the Apprentice Training Program's 2021-222 term. Applicants must apply online.
Applicants must be 17 years of age by the time of application and have either a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older when placed in employment. Applicants must provide a birth certificate or passport, valid driver's license, high school diploma or GED certificate, transcript of grades in certified sealed school envelope or GED test scores. There is an entrance exam to qualify for the apprenticeship program. There is a $50.00 non-refundable test fee to take the exam. If selected for apprenticeship, final acceptance is contingent upon passing a drug and background screening. For more details about the Plumbing apprenticeship opportunity view the PDF provided by Christopher Biondi, Training Director. For email inquiries and information contact the Apprentice Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 5, 2021 - NOVA PAYING FOR COLLEGE - (for students headed to Northern Virginia Community College) Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will host a live webinar to provide students with information on options to pay for classes. Students are invited to participate in these online sessions to learn more about the new payment plan and financial aid, including grants, scholarships and student loans. REGISTER HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
January 11, 2021 - YearUp Information Session 11:00 AM - YearUp is a nationwide organization with a mission of filling the growing skills gap between available unskilled workers and the millions of vacant job positions requiring skilled employees. It partners locally with NOVA at select campus sites and works with students by creating a structure for success including professional training and mentorship. Students complete six months of advanced employment training and college classes followed by six months of paid internship, which often lead to job offers. Use this link to join: https://yearup.zoom.us/j/96175609913
January 11, 2021 - Apprenticeship Information Session 1:00 PM (FCPS Adult and Community Education) - The FCPS Adult and Community Education is hosting an information session on Apprenticeship Related Instruction classes that complement on-the-job training provided by employers participating in the Virginia State Apprenticeship Program. Classes are offered in Carpentry, Electricity, HVAC, Plumbing, Opticianry, and Surveying. Interested students should register here and will receive a link to participate in an email. https://forms.gle/rQfAogzMgG4gseoC9
January 14, 2021 - Preparing for Life After High School 6:30 -8:00 PM - Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) prides itself in how it prepares students to be productive citizens of a global community and successful in the workforce of the future. The FCPS Portrait of a Graduate framework sets a foundation for student success starting in kindergarten. At the end of the students’ K-12 academic career, they prepare for life after high school. There are many post-secondary options. To learn more about postsecondary options, register for the Parent Resource Center Webinar: Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families. This webinar will focus on; Higher Education Options, Financing Your Plans, Apprenticeships, Military Opportunities (Enlistment vs. ROTC), Testing (SAT/ACT), and Gap Year Experiences. Tisa Frederick and Carla Shaw, FCPS College and Career Specialists are the presenters for the webinar. The webinar will be Thursday, January 14, 2021 6:30-8 p.m Register for Exploring Post-Secondary Options through the College & Career Center: A Webinar for Students and Their Families .(NOTE: Registrations are currently closed for this live session but a recording will be made available for review).
January 14, 2021 - Career Options with a High School Diploma -Evening Program for - Region 3 Seniors Students from Edison. Hayfield, Lewis, Mount Vernon, and West Potomac Pyramids) - Fairfax County Public Schools, Region 3 College and Career Specialists are hosting a program to inform students about work options after high school. Please join us on Thursday, January 14th, 2021, at 6:30 PM. at: this link. NOTE: This event is for students who attend high schools in Region 3. Other Regions within FCPS may be sponsoring a similar event. Check with your high school's Career Center for all upcoming college and career events they are sponsoring.
January 25, 2021 - Registered Apprenticeship Brown Bag Series 12:00 -1:00 p.m. this is the first of a monthly series of events to be held on the last Monday of each month in 2021. Who should join? Employer/Apprenticeship Sponsors, Potential Apprentices exploring next steps, Parents, Teachers, Workforce and Economics Development Practitioners, Veterans and Military Spouses, and Business leaders who are seeking information to consider registered apprenticeship as a recruitment avenue. Join the conversation with this quick registration link. Follow Virginia Registered Apprenticeships on Facebook and LinkedIn! #rapays
January 26, 2021 - AmeriCorps Presentation. This webinar presentation will contain a detailed overview of AmeriCorps opportunities, benefits, requirements, and more. You can sign up for this webinar here. Also some good links to learn more about AmeriCorps may be found here. Parents & Educators web page and Join AmeriCorps NCCC resource page. A recording will be shared for registrants after the event if you are not able to attend the live webinar.
February 20,2021 HBCU Festival is coming! Alfred Street Baptist Church will host the 19th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Festival on Saturday, February 20, 2021. In response to COVID-19 concerns, this Festival will be VIRTUAL. Registration has not yet opened.
All high school students (grades 9-12) who are considering/planning to attend an HBCU college or university should participate in this virtual college festival. It is never too soon to prepare for college!! The HBCU festival will offer a host of seminars, admissions directors and recruiters, and exhibitors to assist with your preparation. This festival was the largest HBCU College Festival in the nation with over 70 HBCUs attending in 2020 to recruit students with approximately two-thirds offering on-site interviews and immediate acceptance to college! During the 2020 HBCU Festival, many colleges and universities conducted on-site interviews resulting in over 1,700 offers for admission on the spot. In addition, approximately $5.4 million in scholarships and waived application fees were offered to those accepted. Also in attendance were several band and chorus directors who conducted auditions.
- HBCU virtual Drumline competition!
- Over 70 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
- On-site Interviews and Admissions by some schools
- Band and Chorus auditions by some schools
- Application Fee Waiver by some schools
- Seminars for students, parents/guardians (sign up when you register)
If you have questions about the upcoming 2021 HBCU Festival, please email: @email
February 23, 2021 - Registered Apprenticeship Brown Bag Series 12:00 -1:00 p.m. this is the second of a monthly series of events to be held on the last Monday of each month in 2021. Who should join? Employer/Apprenticeship Sponsors, Potential Apprentices exploring next steps, Parents, Teachers, Workforce and Economics Development Practitioners, Veterans and Military Spouses, and Business leaders who are seeking information to consider registered apprenticeship as a recruitment avenue. Join the conversation with this quick registration link. Follow Virginia Registered Apprenticeships on Facebook and LinkedIn! #rapays
SAVE THE DATE - February 22, 2020 - (Virtual) Edison High School’s 11th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM - Colleges are signing up now for time slots to present information to students. A link to join this event is coming soon!
March 29. 2021 - Registered Apprenticeship Brown Bag Series 12:00 -1:00 p.m. this is the third of a monthly series of events to be held on the last Monday of each month in 2021. Who should join? Employer/Apprenticeship Sponsors, Potential Apprentices exploring next steps, Parents, Teachers, Workforce and Economics Development Practitioners, Veterans and Military Spouses, and Business leaders who are seeking information to consider registered apprenticeship as a recruitment avenue. Join the conversation with this quick registration link. Follow Virginia Registered Apprenticeships on Facebook and LinkedIn! #rapays