Inside the College Career Information Center at Northwest High School

Staffed by Rochelle Davis, College Career Information Coordinator
Available remotely for students, parents & community from 7:15 am to 3 pm
Quick Links to News & Events and more

NEW: The Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association (MCR-SGA) and MCPS Counseling have partnered to offer a free two-day virtual college seminar. This seminar will include information on finding a college, financial aid, common application, writing essays, choosing a major, study skills and SAT/ACT prep.  The seminar will be held via Zoom from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25. The event will feature students, as well as speakers from a variety of college support organizations.  RSVP here. For questions, send an email here.  | post 22 October 2020 |

NEWS!  Apply now to Montgomery College (MC) with no application fee!  Waiver period to apply is currently until further notice.  | post 7 October 2020 |

News & Events |
| College Career High School Visits |
| College Application Resources, including the Maryland College Application Campaign college application fee waivers |
| College Career Virtual Resources  |
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| Free Kaplan courses through Naviance incl. test prep & college essay |
Montgomery College |
MCPS College Career Information Center Site |
| Career Readiness Resources |

The College Career Information Center is a college career resource for all high school students.

College Career Virtual  Resources:

Some of the resources below are from summer workshops offered by MCPS high schools through College Career Information Centers. They continue to be available and useful resources.

  • Finding the Right College Career Fit Summer Workshop presented by Jordan Karanek, Managing Counselor with Collegewise 
  • The College Application Summer Workshop presented by Tammi Wolfson, Regional Admission Director with St. Mary's College of MD.
  • Inside The Common App: The Beginner's Guide to The Common Application:  A step-by-step guide to capitalize on every section | webinar | 
  • MCPS high school College Career Information Coordinators Grade 9 and Grade 10 College Career Forum featuring a spotlight on the Thomas Edison School of Technology Pathways & Programs 
  • MCPS College Career resources for the Class of  2021:  Navigating the College Admissions Process During COVID-19:
    Virtual Talk Show #1 | Virtual Talk Show #2   
    The program is geared towards high school juniors and their families. Guests include high school counselors and college representatives. Topics include grading and reporting, the SAT and ACT, Advanced Placement tests, and other college admission and application topics along with information regarding the financial aid process.
  • The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)  College Admission Status Update COVID-19 Impact. A central resource of information about changes in college admission as a result of COVID-19.
  • Find the Money to finance your post-secondary plan (PowerPoint presentation).  For All Grades. 

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College Career News & Events:

  • NEW:  Virtual Apprenticeship Career Fair.  Thurs., Oct. 22 from 6 to 7 pm.  Join a Highly-Skilled Workforce through an Employer Driven, “Learn-while-you earn” approach! Click here for the link to the Webex platform and passcode to participate | update 19 October 2020
  • NEW:  Attention all Northwest sophomores with the potential to lead!  Consider requesting nomination for the spring Hugh O'Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Summit.  HOBY connects over 300 sophomores from all over the state of Maryland with leaders in the fields of government, business, media, health care and more.  Spend 4 days and 3 nights on a college campus (or virtual format).  Find out more about HOBY here.  Apply for nomination to be an even better leader! One sophomore HOBY Ambassador will be selected, with one alternate.  Download the application here.  Request nomination by November 2. | post 14 Oct 2020 |
  • REMINDER:  Inside Look at College Admissions:  Connecting college admissions recruiters and underrepresented minority high school seniors.  October 22.  Registration required. | post 2 Oct 2020 |
  • NEW:  SAVE the DATE for the Virtual Fall 2020 College Fair Programs.  November 17 from 2 pm to 6 pm.  This event is sponsored by the National Hispanic College Fairs Inc. and supported by Montgomery County Public Schools.  The event is free.  Registration is required.  Use this link to get registered! Save the Date flier in Spanish | update 21 October 2020 |
  • NEW:  College Prep Workshop sponsored by the Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Please add this College Prep workshop to your calendar. The virtual meeting will take place on November 21, 2020, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.  Click here to download the program announcement with link for registration.  For more information visit | web post 13 Oct 2020 |
  • The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Virtual College Fairs on Nov 8 | update 21 October 2020 |
  • NEW:  Alfred Street Baptist Church Annual HBCU Fair goes Virtual for 2021.  Sat., Feb. 21, 2021.  Featuring a virtual drum line competition, on-site interviews, over 70 colleges and universities and more.  Download the Save The Date flier. | post 15 October 2020 |

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Northwest HS College Application Resources:

Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) Resources:

  • NEW:  MCAC Complete list of College Application Fee Waivers.  Complete list as of 7 October 2020 includes codes and instructions for securing a college application fee waiver for colleges and universities participating in the Maryland College Application Campaign. | post 11 October 2020 |
  • NEW:  Coppin State University can waive the $50 application fee!  Send an email to Marcus Edwards to request the application waiver code.  | 23 July 2020 |
  • Morgan State University offers an application fee waiver until November 15, 2020.  The application fee waiver code is FREE20. Please click the link below for more information about the fee waiver, acceptance of unofficial transcripts, test score submissions, the opportunity for a live chat with an admission representative, their virtual campus tour, and much more!  Visit for more information!  

    | 4 May 2020 |

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College Career High School Visits | Virtual for Academic Year 2020-2021:

Students are able to meet with representatives from colleges, vocational schools, the military, and various career fields. Find out more...

Career Readiness Resources:

The resource links below are available to download as Microsoft PowerPoint documents. 

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Montgomery College:

Montgomery College has made available to students opportunities for virtual assistance for all MC related concerns and/or questions.  Northwest students are encouraged to reach out to Nicholas Boyd @

NEWS!  Apply now to Montgomery College (MC) with no application fee!  Waiver period to apply is currently until further notice.  | post 7 October 2020 |

  • MC Biotechnology Department Information.  Careers in Biotech!
  • MC First Year Experience (FYE) Summer Bridge Program.  Incoming freshmen - Earn a college credit this summer.  Enroll now!  Receive one college credit and a scholarship (based on class attendance and grade).  Limited space.  For more information visit the MC FYE website
  • High school seniors applying to Montgomery College are encouraged to apply during the 'Application Fee Waiver' season which has been extended indefinitely in response to COVID-19.  Please note that it takes approximately 10 days for Montgomery College to generate the admission letters (mailed to the home) with the MC ID number required to take the Accuplacer.

The Accuplacer @ MC:  Click here for important information about on-line Registration to Schedule an Accuplacer Appointment. 

  • Students planning to transfer to a 4-year post-secondary institution after MC are encouraged to use ARTSYS as part of their college planning.  ARTSYS is the State of Maryland Articulation Information web site.  ARTSYS shows which MC courses are recommended for transferring to specific Maryland colleges and universities.

SAVE THE DATES for Montgomery College Events - including Start Smart Enrollment Information Sessions.

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