Inside the College Career Information Center at Northwest High School

Staffed by Rochelle Davis,College Career Information Coordinator
(301) 601-4635
Open to students, parents & community from 7:15 am to 3 pm

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Career Readiness Resources

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

College Application Resources:

College Career High School Visits:

Students are able to meet with representatives from colleges, vocational schools, the military, and various career fields at their high school location.  Visits are usually held in the College Career Information Center (Room 126) during the school day.  Students with a valid Naviance Student account are able to register to attend visits and print their visit pass once logged into Naviance.  A printed 'View Details' page is the visit pass.  Passes signed by staff are required.  Visit schedules run daily on JAG TV, are viewable in the Naviance Student account and on our event Google Calendar.  Find out more...

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Career Readiness Resources:

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

College Career News & Events:

  • 2020 GEMS Summer STEM Program.  Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science.  GEMS at Fort Detrick brings local students into the cutting-edge world of US Army Research and Development.  Designed for grades 4 through 11 students.  Students will choose from a variety of classes in which they can build robots, dissect squids, learn how to suture, code computer games and solve a murder mystery!  Even analyze their own DNA!  Courses are 4 days long and all programs are completely free of charge to students and families.  A stipend of $125 will be awarded to those students who participate to offset the cost of transportation.  Session 1 begins on June 29.  There are 6 sessions offered.  Session 6 is the final session that begins August 10.  Apply on-line at deadline for application is April 30.  | web post 27 Feb 2020 |
  • Game Changer Conference for Elementary thru High School Young Males.  Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm at The Universities at Shady Grove Conference Center (9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD).  This one-day conference is geared towards African-American and minority male students of color.  The conference goal is to build the confidence, competencies, and values young male students need to get to the next level and become a success story.  Workshops include:  Life Skills and Enrichment, Parent Roundtable Advocacy, a keynote speaker and community conversation with Montgomery County Police Officers.  Students can also compete in the 2020 Essay Writing Competition (not required to attend).  Register on-line at  This event is sponsored in partnership with the Unity Christian Fellowship, Inc., The Universities at Shady Grove, Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools and the MuNu Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.  | web post 24 Feb 2020 |
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Montgomery County Chapter:  Black Youth Achievement Awards.  This student recognition honors the outstanding African American and other minority students of the Montgomery County Public Schools for their accomplishments in the fields of academic, athletic, arts, citizenship and versatility.  The awards are named after famous African American men who were members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.  Recognized students will receive a certificate of achievement at a spring ceremony hosted by the fraternity.  Northwest students and parents are invited to self-nominate for this honor.  Nomination forms are due back to the College Career Information Center by March 16.  Click here to download the Self-Nomination Form.  | web post 6 Feb 2020 |
  • Northwest HS College Fair Field Trip.  Tuesday, March 31.  Class of 2021.  Destination:  Discovery Sports Center.  9:40 a.m. to 12 noon.  To attend, download the NWHS Field Trip Packet.  Follow the instructions and return materials and fee to the College Career Information Center no later than 11:45 am on March 27.  This college fair is a National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) event for Montgomery County Public Schools.  The fair is open to the public at this venue on March 31 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | web post 31 Jan 2020 |
  • MC Financial Awareness Month February 2020.  Help with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the MSFAA (Maryland State Financial Aid Application). | web post 31 Jan 2020 |
  • UMD College Courses.  College Credits.  College Park.  Terp Young Scholars.  July 12-31.  Experience challenging academics and college life while earning college credits.  Learn more and apply at | web post 17 Jan 2020 |

The Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) kicks off on September 30 and as part of this campaign the following institutions will be waiving their college application fee:

  • University of Baltimore (UB).  Use the code UBFRESH20 (capital letters).  The code is valid until February 28, 2020.  | web post 30 October 2019 |
  • UMBC has released their fee waiver code for use on the Common App.  The code to look for on the payment screen is (Select 'other' as option for payment.  The code should be in the drop down box). | web post 15 October 2019 |
  • Salisbury University has released instructions for obtaining their application fee waiver on the Common AppClick here to download.  | web post 15 October 2019 |

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Montgomery College:

  • High school seniors applying to Montgomery College are encouraged to apply during the 'Application Fee Waiver' season.  October 1 through April 15. Seniors who would like to participate in the Accuplacer testing program with Northwest should be aware 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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