Inside the College Career Information Center at Northwest High School

Staffed by Rochelle Davis, College Career Information Coordinator
Got Questions?  Need College Career Information? Schedule an appointment!
Available on-site and remotely for students, parents & community from 7:15 am to 3 pm

The College Career Information Center is a post-secondary planning resource resource for all high school students.  New HBCU Seminar Series Information & updates to the HBCU Virtual College Fair below! Just added NCAA night.

The e-NEWS Bulletin contains college career events, the virtual high school visit schedule, Jag JOBS updates, college application resources and information, financial aid and scholarship opportunities.  e-NEWS is delivered to the e-mail inbox of our students and parents via Naviance. 

e-NEWS Bulletin recent posts: 
| Click here for the e-NEWS Bulletin edtion for the week ending January 14 |

NEW Opportunity!  Maryland Boys State is now accepting applications for the June 2022 Program.   Find out more...

SAVE THE DATE:  Friday, February 18, 2022.  Virtual MCPS 14th Annual HBCU College Fair.  6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  On-the-spot admission interviews will take place Monday, February 14 through Thursday, February 17.

HBCU Seminar Series kicks off on Saturday, January 22, 2022. Register here for the seminar series events.

  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships.  Saturday, January 22, 2022.  10:00 am to 11:30 am.
  • HBCU Overview on Saturday, January 29, 2022.  10:00 am to 12 noon.
  • HBCU Homecoming Edition.  Tuesday, February 15, 2022.  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.
  • To Be A Scholar - Athlete: The NCAA & You.  Thursday, February 17.  6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

HBCU College Fair.  Friday, February 18, 2022.  6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  Register here for the college fair only.

Northwest students interested in participating in the virtual college fair and/or the virtual on-the-spot admission interviews are asked to complete the HBCU College Fair Northwest Student Participation Google form no later than February 4.  The Google form lists the participating colleges and the specific requirements needed to be completed to participate in the on-the-spot admission interviews.  | Information updated 19 January 2022 |


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On-page Quick Links:

College Career Events Calendar | ♦ | College Career High School Visits |
| College Application Resources:  including Application Fee Waiver Info, The College Essay, Common App & Coalition and the Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) college specific fee waivers |
| College Career Resources  including Job Corps Information, Summer Workshop resources and recordings |
Montgomery College Information | ♦ MCPS College Career Information Center Site |
| Career Readiness Resources, including resumes & cover letters | ♦  | Naviance | Student on the web |
| The Gap Year Information & Resources |


College Career News:

NEW!  Maryland Boys State:  Are you a male in the Class of 2023 with an interest in Leadership, Government, Politics???  If you are interested in Government, Politics, Leadership, attendance at Military Academy, College ROTC, or just a challenging Academic program, this is the experience for you.  MD Boys State is a week long practical exercise in Government that will have a positive influence in your life.  Application deadline is May 1. Click here to explore the opportunity and to apply.  | post 12 January 2022 |

NEW!  Veterinary Medicine Careers Exploration:  A Virtual Workshop for High School Students.  Saturday, January 29 from 10 am until 12 noon.  The cost for the workshop is $25.  Please note that no student will be denied access to participate because of the inability to pay.  Click here to register!  | post 6 January 2022 |

NEW!  ELITE Leadership Academy for Latinas who have a desire to lead the future.  Latinas in grades 9 through 12 are invited to apply.  Program starts in March and meetings will be using the Zoom platform.  Session topics include business and social etiquette 101, netiquette, personal branding, resume development and interviewing skills and public speaking.  Learn more hereApply by January 31.  | post 7 December 2021 |

NEW! Youth Teaching Assistant opportunities this summer with the Smithsonian.  Apply by March 7.  Details here. | 7 December 2021 |

Girls in Technology (GIT) is led by an all-volunteer committee of Women in Technology (WIT) members who are dedicated to initiating programs designed to excite, inspire, create awareness and educate girls in grades 6 through 12 about the vast array of career opportunities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). New programs are launching for the 2021-2022 school year.  Visit the GIT website for details and registration. This year, GIT is excited to offer their programs in 100% virtual formats, using innovative technologies to connect girls to professional women and each other as they learn about and explore possibilities in STEM fields.

ATTENTION CLASS OF 2022!  Virtual Parent Meeting on Navigating the College Application Process.  Event recording | Event slideshow | Resource Guide publication |

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College Career Resources:

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


Job Corps Resources:

  • RESOURCE:  Job Corps...  Learn what the Job Corps can do for you.  The training program is free, including housing if needed, and open to young people ages 16–24 who meet low-income and other eligibility requirements. Students go at their own pace in studying and training, learn employability skills, and earn credentials to start a meaningful career. Center staff are their support network every step of the way.  
  • RESOURCE:  Woodland Job Corps Center in Laurel MD

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College Career Events Calendar:

  • SAVE THE DATE:  Friday, February 18, 2022.  Virtual MCPS 14th Annual HBCU College Fair.  6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  On the spot admission interviews will take place Monday, Feb. 14 through Thursday, Feb. 17. Details to follow.

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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 @  Nicholas Boyd is the College Access and Recruitment Coordinator for Northwest High School students.

Montgomery College Raptor Reference Enrollment GuideAn easy to follow guide from application to enrollment that includes deadlines along with a list of programs and majors.

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

  • 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.

The Accuplacer @ MC:    The Accuplacer and Alternative Placement Programs are used by the college to determine college readiness for college level courses.  Click here for the most current Accuplacer information.   Placement Test Exemption Criteria.

  • 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.

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The Gap Year:

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