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There are four types of colleges:

  • Four-year colleges and universities offer a wide range of subjects (from art to zoology) at varying levels (introductory to advanced). Public four-year institutions are usually less expensive than private institutions. You can also save money if your child chooses a public college or university located in the state in which you live.
  • Community colleges offer three types of credentials in programs of two years or less: (1) academic transfer degrees (which allow a student to move to a four-year degree institution, entering as a junior); (2) professional-technical degrees (leading to employment in a specific field); and (3) certificates (providing entry level job skills, or additional credentials for advancement in a specific job). Tuition at a community college is less than at a four-year institution, so you could save money if your child attends a community college for the first two years and then transfers to a four-year college or university.
  • Technical colleges offer two-year degrees and shorter term certificates in technical programs. Tuition is comparable to community colleges.
  • Private career colleges offer specialized degree or certificate-granting programs. Tuition varies according to the degree or program. Many programs take less than two years to complete.

For More Information:

  • I hope you will consider linking to http://college-scholarships.com/virginia.htm, a new web page which lists and links to virtually every post-secondary educational option in your state. You will also find information on scholarships, on-line colleges, & colleges that offer services for students with learning disabilities.

  • Student Aid www.studentaid.ed.gov has information on preparing for, choosing, applying to, funding and attending college. It also has information on repaying college loans.
  • The America's Career Resource Network (ACRN) website has information online about preparing for and finding colleges. Visit the ACRN Network page to find an ACRN office and contacts in your state.
  • The College is Possible www.collegeispossible.org website has a section on choosing the right college that includes links to additional websites and books.
  • The Campus Tours website offers online virtual tours of college campuses.
  • The College Board offers comprehensive online database to help students research college majors, financial aid, test prep, and planning.
  • The College Board College Search website will help match you to the college that offers the best fit for you.
  • The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation offers career information andcertified programs.
  • The Peterson's College Guide to post secondary education helps to find your perfect college fit.
  • The Career Explorer website helps to find two year colleges and vocational/technical training


Information For Students and Families

  • Computers and Technology at Virginia Tech for High School Girls- residential summer camp See www.eng.vt.edu/ctech2 for full details and application information.

    Web link for FCPS Gap Year Fair- please encourage pre-registration; http://www.usagapyearfairs.org/events-schedule/fairfax-va

    Volunteer Opportunities and Jobs for Students at the Udvar-Hazy Center National Air and Space Museum

    STEM+Women Conference - March 25


     George Mason University’s  Computer Game Design Program andSimulation Game Institute, in partnership with Women in Technology (WIT) Education Foundation, are proud to present the STEM+ Women Conference on March 25,
    8am to 5pm at the Fairfax Campus.
    STEM+ Women is a conference offering young women in high school and college the opportunity to learn about STEM+ fields, with a special focus on the skills and knowledge necessary for navigating a global workforce. Participants will learn from current students and professional women about STEM+ majors, internships, and potential careers. This conference also provides a positive space for dialogue about issues that women face in industry and explores solutions for empowering women to pursue the careers of their choice. 
    The conference is open to high school junior and senior young women and all college students.  For more information, visit our website athttp://game.gmu.edu/stempluswomen.
    While this conference is free, registration is required and space is limited, so register early.
    Discover why studying STEM+ matters and how women are reprogramming the industry!
    You can also follow us online at Facebook and Twitter: @STEMPlusWomen
    WIT Education Foundation & GMU Game Design Volunteers


    Youth Preparedness Council
    The Youth Preparedness Council is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a highly distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. Additionally, the youth leaders have the opportunity to complete a self-selected youth preparedness project and to share their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions and questions regarding youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national youth preparedness organizations. Once selected, members serve on the Council for one year, with the option to extend for an additional year, if formally requested by FEMA. Council activities and projects center around five key areas of engagement: Programs, Partnerships, Events, Public Speaking/Outreach and Publishing. Members represent the youth perspective on emergency preparedness and share information with their communities. They also meet with FEMA on a regular basis to provide ongoing input on strategies, initiatives and projects throughout the duration of their term.
    Any individual between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community, may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. Individuals who applied last year are highly encouraged to apply again. Adults working with youth and/or community preparedness are encouraged to share the application with youth who might be interested in applying.
    Youth interested in applying to the Council must submit a completed application form and two letters of recommendation. Specific information about completing and submitting the application and attachments can be found in the application instructions. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than February 24, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST in order to be eligible. New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May 2014. For more information about the Youth Preparedness Council and to access the application materials, please visit http://www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.

  • UVA Society of Women Engineers - High School Visitation Program    
    The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia invites high school sophomores and juniors to apply for a place in our High School Visitation Program, taking place February 22, 2014. The program gives young women a comprehensive look at engineering fields and at UVA’s engineering curriculum through informative speakers and hands-on design activities. The program is designed to benefit participants with all levels of engineering experience. We particularly target those students who are not yet familiar with the field but may be interested in applying to engineering schools or pursuing an engineering career.  Please see the application packet posted on blackboard for more information.

    Applications must be postmarked by January 24, 2014.
    Counselors: Please share this with all STEM HS teachers in your school.
    Teachers: Please forward the application packet to junior and sophomore-level students.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at uvaswehsv@gmail.com.  Sarah Watson & Nicole Williams, High School Outreach Co-Chairs, UVa SWE

    Family Engagement Newsletter
    This month’s newsletter on School Attendance: Separating Fact from Fiction, provides information to help schools and parents debunk common attendance myths, recognize and understand contributing factors to chronic school absence, and identify local and national resources (including print materials and public services announcements in English and Spanish) to reinforce the link between regular school attendance and school success from kindergarten through high school.  For more information, contact Mary Shepherd, 703-204-4340 or Mary.Shepherd@fcps.edu


    New Wizard Mobile App Available
    Information on careers, colleges, and paying for college plus personal values and interests, college majors and programs of study across Virginia’s colleges and universities, and transferring from a community college to a four-year college or university. The iPhone link is available here. The iPad link is available here.The link for the Android phone and tablet is available here. You must be on a Wi-Fi network during your initial install. Share any feedback at wizard@vccs.edu.


    Strategies for School Success
    Web service provides daily tips, quizzes, and articles for parents of elementary through secondary school students. Users can search topics of interest and "ask the expert" by submitting questions online. http://www.fcps.edu/cco/fam/resources/publications/strategies.shtml

    2014 Guide to Gap Year Programs

    College of William and Mary – Gifted Programs
    The Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary will be hosting two events in the near future. The first event is our annual Focusing on the Future Event. At this event, students will attend sessions where they will learn about different careers while parents and school professionals will attend sessions where they will learn about various topics in regards to preparing students for the future. Focusing on the Future will take place at The College of William and Mary on February 1.  Our next event will be our Saturday Enrichment Program. It will span from February 22 - March 22. For this event, students will come to William and Mary every Saturday and take part in STEM classes. Please see the attached documents. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me or anyone from the Center for Gifted Education. Also, it is important for participants to register as soon as possible. 

    Attached you’ll find flyers and a brochure of these programs.  For more information, please contact Ricky Coston at rlcoston@email.wm.edu

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