College & Career Center
Welcome to the College and Career Center!
Welcome! The College & Career Center is open 7:25 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Students can come in at lunch or any other time during the day with a pass as long as a scheduled activity is not taking place. Parents are welcome as well. Parents and students can also make an appointment with Ms. Robinson-Casey in the College & Career Center for help on getting started on a college, career or scholarship search. Whether you are planning to attend a post-secondary school (either a two-year, four-year, or Vo/Tech school), you should visit the College & Career Center.
Students and parents/guardians CLICK HERE to log into your Family Connection account.
Looking for scholarships? Visit our constantly updating Cavalier Scholarship Finder!
Please also visit the MCPS College and Career Center page on the MCPS website for additional information not specific to the JFK College and Career Center.
College Admissions Counselors,
12th Annual MCPS HBCU College Fair
The 12th Annual MCPS HBCU College Fair will be held in Building II of the Universities at Shady Grove on Friday, January 24th, from 6-8:00 p.m. On-the-spot admissions interviews will be conducted; students are encouraged to wear professional attire. REGISTER HERE.
Download the Senior Post-Secondary College Planning Guide for the Class of 2020!
Please read through this to-do list to start completing college applications. If you have not yet done so, decide which colleges you are going to apply to and enter that list in Naviance so you will know the early action and regular decision deadlines. Remember, there are several components required to complete a college application:
- THE APPLICATION: Check each college's website to see if they require you to complete the application on their website, through one of the common application websites (commonapp.org, coalitionforcollegeaccess.org or commonblackcollegeapp.com), or mail in a hard copy. Visit the College and Career Center Wednesdays during lunch for help!
- A COLLEGE ESSAY may be required. If so, write it based on the prompts provided, and HAVE SOMEONE PROOFREAD IT BEFORE YOU SUBMIT IT. Many staff members are more than happy to assist you with this.
- An APPLICATION FEE is part of most college applications. Please stay tuned or check with Ms. Casey or your counselor for information about fee waivers from the college itself, NACAC, CommonApp and other sources. Also take advantage of on-site admissions events when offered.
- TRANSCRIPTS: There is a multi-step process to have your transcripts sent to schools to which you are applying. It can take up to four weeks for your transcripts to be sent out, so start now! Go to the counseling office to pick up the Transcript Request form, the Parental Consent Release and the check-off list (remember—if any of your colleges are on the CommonApp, you will have to match them to your Naviance account!). You will need to submit separate transcript request for EACH college; the first three requests are free, and you will be charged $3.00 for any additional requests.
- TEST SCORES: You are required to send your standardized test scores to the colleges that you are applying to. You can either add them on the College Board website OR you send upload a .pdf of your score with your college application. Please check with the college to see how they want you to send the scores.
- SAT (CollegeBoard.org): The remaining test dates for this year are October 5th (currently taking late registration), November 2nd and December 7th. Fee waivers are available for students who qualify. Please check www.collegeboard.org to see if the waiver has already been applied.
- ACT (ACT.org): The remaining test dates for this year are October 26th (register on time until September 20th) and December 14th.
NOTE: Again, if you are applying early action, you will need to have your best score in by November 1st for most colleges. Please see the Planning Guide highlighting popular colleges and their deadlines.
- FINANCIAL AID:
- The FAFSA OPENS OCTOBER 1st. Go to studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa to start and complete the Free Application for Federal Student aid. STUDENTS WITHOUT A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR MARYLAND AID—see the MHEC website for full information.
- MHEC/MDCAPS is Maryland's financial aid center. After completing FAFSA, please create an account on the MHEC website.
- SCHOLARSHIPS: There are numerous scholarship websites and sources. Please check in regularly for updates to complete applications.
- GET HELP WITH THIS PROCESS! Starting in October, the College and Career Center will be offering labs every Thursday during lunch to assist with financial aid and scholarships.
- TEACHER LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION: If your colleges require letters of recommendation, please decide which teacher you will ask and approach them in person with that request. Once you confirm with them, log in to Naviance, go to the College homepage and scroll down to "Letters of Recommendation". Search for the teacher or teachers you requested and select them. They will upload the letter through Naviance and send it to the college(s) listed.
This is a lot of information, and time is of the essence, so please START NOW. See Ms. Casey in the College and Career Center, room 106, or speak to your counselor if you need guidance or have questions.
College Courses/Dual Enrollment and Early College Access Programs
Dual Enrollment (or Concurrent Enrollment) and Early College Access Programs allow students to access college credit prior to high school graduation. Students may earn college credit through AP, IB and CLEP examinations. They also may earn articulated credit through Career and Technology Education programs, or college course credit. Many high schools have special names for their college course (dual enrollment) programs such as College Institute, Middle College, and others. To learn more about these options, visit the College Readiness Programs page, or contact your counselor.
Reasons to Visit the Career Center
- To get all your questions answered about College and Careers
- Get assistance filling out college applications
- Obtain help with financial aid documents
- Prepare / Register and get information for the SAT/ACT/TOEFL/ACCUPLACER
- Become familiar with available scholarships and programs you qualify for
- Research military options and schools
- Use the computer to search for Trade, Technical, Vocational, Cosmetology, Art schools and more
- Search for majors or areas that interest you
- Utilize the resources that are here for you
- Prepare a Resume
- Conduct a College search from a pool of 4000+ colleges
- See view books of many schools and get information at a glance
- Learn about field trips that will benefit your future
- Look through resource books and catalogs on particular schools
- Take a Personality Assessment
- Sign up for college visits and field trip
7 Habits of Highly Effective Students:
- Be proactive (optimistic)
- Begin with the end in mind (set goals)
- Put first things first (prioritize)
- Think Win-Win (set goals)
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood (communicate)
- Synergize (network)
- Sharpen the saw (balance school and social life)