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.

Class of 2021:  If your post-secondary destination is Montgomery College, the college is hosting New Student Enrollment Information (Virtual) Walk-In Hours!

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


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On-page Quick Links:

College Career Events Calendar | ♦ | College Career High School Visits |
| College Application Resources, including Common App Matching Guide |
| Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) college application fee waivers |
| College Career Virtual Resources  including 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:

Applications open for Bowie State University 'The Black Male Teachers College'.  The Black Male Teachers College is a program for high school students in all grades who are interested in or plan to become a teacher.  Black male high school students who have not considered becoming a teacher but are willing to learn more should apply.  The program will be virtual for the 2021-2022 school year, with orientation on October 9.  The deadline to apply is October 1.  Click on the image below to apply and learn more! | post 20 Sept 2021 |The Black Male Teachers College

PSAT Prep FREE 'Ask Me Anything' Sessions offered by Applerouth.  Sessions begin September 25.

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 Junior Parent Meeting on Navigating the College Application Process.  Event recording | Event slideshow | Resource Guide publication |


College Career Virtual  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.

  • NEW:  Relationship Building 101:  Preparing for Life After High School presented by Grant Henry, Admissions Counselor, Mt. Saint Mary's University | 11 August 2021 |
  • NEW:  The College Application Components Workshop presented with Clarksburg, Damascus, and Northwest high schools | 11 August 2021 |
  • NEW:  How to Make the Common App Less Common Summer Workshop recording presented by CollegeWise | post 6 August 2021 |
  • NEW:  College Conversations:  Connecting Students of Color to Top Colleges.  Virtual Event.  YouTube Video (English) | YouTube Video (Spanish) | post 6 August 2021 |
  • NEW:  The College Essay "Brainstorming" Handout from the Montgomery College Summer Workshop on the College Essay.  | post 4 August 2021 |
  • NEW:  Virtual Financial Aid Summer Workshop for Spanish speaking students and familiesAugust 3 presentation.  Click here for presentation recording | web post 4 August 2021 |
  • NEW: The College Essay Summer Workshop recording presented by College Wise.
  • NEW: Search Test Optional Schools list.
  • Summer Programs & Internships.  A Google Sheet compiled by MCPS College Career Information Coordinators.  | post 29 January 2021 |
  • Job Corps Virtual Sessions.  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.   The Job Corps will be hosting virtual orientation sessions for interested students and families every day Monday – Thursday at various times. The orientations can be joined via this link.  (Monday 1:00 PM, Tuesday 11:00 AM, Wednesday 7:00 PM, Thursday 1:00 PM).  Interested in learning more?? or connect with an admissions representative by email.

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College Career Events Calendar:

  • NEW:  Youth For Equity invites all staff, students, and parents to participate in our September Mock Interview Event where we will be providing students with an opportunity to practice for college and career interviews. It will take place on September 29th at 6:30pm via zoom. Please fill out the RSVP link in your synergy if you are interested in participating. We hope to see you there! Link here:  | Post 23 September 2021 |
  • NEW:  "Go To High School, Go To College" Virtual College Fair.  Sponsored by the Kappa Epsilon Lambda Chapter & Education Foundation.  November 13, 2021 from 10 am to 1 pm.  Click here for registration and details.  Click here to download the updated event flyer with a list of colleges participating. | updated post 19 September 2021 |
  • NEW:  Virtual College Fairs sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.  Fairs ongoing throughout the starting September 12. | post 10 September 2021 |
  • The Infinite Scholars Program is super excited to announce Washington DC (DMV) as one of the newest regions added to our FREE Annual Scholarship Fairs!  We have established some amazing partnerships with local Colleges/Universities, Organizations, and Scholarship providers that are already registered to attend the Annual Scholarship Fair on Sunday, October 10, 2021, from 2 pm-5 pm at First Baptist Church of Highland Park 6801 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD 20785.  Infinite Scholars Program is honored to invite High School Seniors, Graduates, and Families to the Annual Scholarship Fair where they will meet representatives from national and local Colleges/Universities, Scholarship Organizations along with the U.S. Army ROTC.  Families are strongly encouraged to attend the Scholarship Fair with their students to explore available scholarship funds, grants, programs, opportunities and Scholarships being awarded on the spot during the fair.  For additional details and to register, click here | post 10 September 2021 |
  • Career Exploration:  Legislation & Law Enforcement.  A Virtual Career Exploration for High School Students.  Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10 am until 12 noon. Are you interested in exploring careers that help or support animals? Are you a problem solver? Do you like to write, research, or investigate? Do you enjoy crime shows and mystery novels? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you should attend HRA and St. Hubert’s virtual Career Exploration: Legislation and Law Enforcement.  $25 registration fee (financial assistance is available).  Questions?  Email  Click here to register.  | 12 August 2021 |

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College Application Resources:


Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) Resources:

  • NEW:  Bowie State University will be waiving application fees for Fall 2022 incoming freshmen.  Update from the Maryland College Application Campaign.  | post 24 September 2021 |

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College Career High School Visits:

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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The Gap Year:

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