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STEPS TO CAREER SUCCESS

1) Learn more about yourself via Career Assessments:

2) Learn more about career options that match your interests through watching career videos, taking related classes, participating in PVCC clubs and after school activities, talking with professionals/networking, finding a mentor and/or job shadowing experiences.  Here are some good career/labor market resources:

3) Create your introduction/professional documents (resume, cover/thank you letters, LinkedIn, etc.) to help you land interviews/jobs.

4) Get experience through volunteering, interning or even temporary employment.  These are easier ways to gain access to employers which often lead to long term employment.

  • Volunteering – search by area of interest on United Way
  • Interning – check back.
  • Temporary employment
  • Job Searching

5) Decide whether your career target is a good fit.  If not, consider repeating these steps since finding a great career path is often a process.

 

You can go through h this with the help of your Career Coach or School Counselor .  Sign up HERE to meet with them.

Ever thought about Job Corps???

Fredericksburg – Job Corps Information Session

Job Corps Logo

Job Corps is the nation’s largest career technical training and education program for young people from 16 through 24 years of age that qualify as low income. A voluntary program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, Job Corps provides eligible young men and women with an opportunity to gain the experience they need to begin a career or advance to higher education. Job Corps has no cost to its students or their families.

Job Corps offers hands-on training in more than 100 career technical areas, including: automotive and machine repair, construction, finance and business services, health care, hospitality, information technology, manufacturing, renewable resources, and many more. All training programs are aligned with industry certifications and are designed to meet the requirements of today’s careers.

Job Corps also offers the opportunity to earn a high school diploma or a GED for those youth who don’t have either. For youth who already have a high school diploma, Job Corps can help them prepare for college through partnerships with local colleges. Resources are also available for English Language Learners.

To learn more about Job Corps and begin the admissions process, plan to attend this information session:

Phone: (540) 322-5781
Websitewww.jobcorps.gov

Address:

Workforce Development Center
10304 Spotsylvania Ave., Suite 100
Fredericksburg, VA  22407

Locality:
Fredericksburg
Type of Event:
Job Corps Information Sessions

Program Oppurtunites!!!!

 Program Opportunities

NASA Opportunities for Students

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides the following STEM opportunities for free to all Virginia students:

Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS)-Program for 10th grade students focusing on the missions flown or managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, with a Summer Academy program at NASA Wallops Flight Facility.  For more information, visit Virginia Space Coast Scholars

Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS)- Program for 11th and 12th grade students focusing on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to Mars with an online course with a Summer Academy program at NASA Langley Research Center.  Students can earn up to 4 free dual enrollment credits.  For more information, visit VASTS

Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS)-Program for 11th or 12th grade students, VESSS is an interactive, on-line Earth System Science Course featuring NASA scientific research and data. The students can earn up to 5 transferable, free dual enrollment college credits and can also compete to attend a Summer Academy program at NASA Langley Research Center.  For more information, visit VESSS

 

The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia

Are you interested in learning about engineering or pursuing an engineering career?  Apply for your place at The Society of Women Engineers High School Visitation Program on November 21, 2018. Deadline to apply is October 22, 2018.  This program is designed to give young women the opportunity to learn about the different fields in engineering and the engineering curriculum at the University of Virginia. For more information, visit Society of Women Engineers

 

University of Virginia’s Multicultural Overnight Visit Experience (MOVE)

The University of Richmond is looking for high-achieving seniors who self-identify as a historically underrepresented population or are interested in issues of diversity and inclusion to further their mission to create a community of diverse scholars committed to academic excellence. While the program is open to all students, priority is given to underrepresented populations during the selection process. Students and their families will have the opportunity to experience the cultural diversity of Richmond, while getting a perspective of life as a potential student.  If interested, fill out Interest Form by October 5, 2018.

 

Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

The application for the Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program has officially opened. The deadline to submit application, transcripts and letters of recommendation is October 31, 2018 @ 6 PM EST.  If you have any questions, email seap@asee.org or call (202)649-3833.  For the application, visit SEAP Application

 

University of Dayton

The University of Dayton is offering open house events for families to tour their beautiful campus, learn about admissions and financial aid, and discover experiential learning opportunities.  The open house events will be held on September 30 and November 11, 12-4.  For more information, visit Open House or call 800-UD-PRIDE (800-837-7433).

 

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is taking applications for their Diversity Overnight, November 11 and 12.  Applications are due October 1.  Diversity Overnight is designed for high schools seniors from diverse backgrounds to get an in-depth look at opportunities available to them.  For more information, visit Diversity Overnight

 

 

 

 

 

 

Career Exploration Resources

The Vault – A definitive guide to thousands of careers
What can I do with this major? – A list of career paths sorted by common majors
Mynextmove – Explore possibilities in health care, match your skills
Bureau of Labor Statistics – An encyclopedia of careers; find out about different roles, education requirements, salaries, and more
Occupational Information Network – Search occupations, industries, and skills

Allied Health Career Exploration!

 

CLOSING VCU PIPELINE APPLICATION ALERT!

Are you or do you know of anyone who may be interested in pursuing an Allied Health Profession? Have you ever wanted the opportunity to learn more about the degree programs VCU School of Allied Health Professions​ has to offer?

Apply to the VCU Allied Health Career Exploration​ Pipeline Program! AHCE is a two week, non-residential program that allows students to explore all of the Allied Health Disciplines offered at VCU through professional development workshops and hands-on experiences.

Eligibility Requirements: Rising and current college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Application Requirements:
– Complete application
– Two letters of recommendation
– Official transcript(s)

Application Deadline: April 3, 2017

Application Website: https://www.ucc.vcu.edu/other/application.aspx

Program Dates: June 5 – 16, 2017

Program Website: http://www.dhsd.vcu.edu/pipeline-programs/college/allied-health-career-exploration/

If you have any questions, please contact us at pipelineapp@vcu.edu or give us a call at (804)-827-0982!

Non Traditional Careers for women!!!

Are you a GIRL?  Have you ever thought I want to do something different  for a career?  Here are some non traditional career pathways for women with links for more information.  Check them out !!!!

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Continuous Mining Machine Operators Women
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Environmental Engineering Technicians Women
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Garbage and Recyclable Material Collectors Women
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Mine Cutting Machine Operators Women
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Pest Control Workers Women
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators Women
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Quarry Rock Splitters Women
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Tree Trimmers and Pruners Women
Architecture and Construction Architects Women
Architecture and Construction Architectural and Civil Drafters Women
Architecture and Construction Brickmasons Women
Architecture and Construction Brickmasons Helpers Women
Architecture and Construction Carpenter Helpers Women
Architecture and Construction Carpenter Helpers Women
Architecture and Construction Carpenter Helpers Women
Architecture and Construction Carpenters Women
Architecture and Construction Carpet Installers Women
Architecture and Construction Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Women
Architecture and Construction Construction and Building Inspectors Women
Architecture and Construction Construction and Maintenance Painters Women
Architecture and Construction Construction Laborers Women
Architecture and Construction Construction Managers Women
Architecture and Construction Cost Estimators Women
Architecture and Construction Crane and Tower Operators Women
Architecture and Construction Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers Women
Architecture and Construction Electrical and Electronics Drafters Women
Architecture and Construction Electrician Helpers Women
Architecture and Construction Electricians Women
Architecture and Construction Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles Women
Architecture and Construction Floor Sanders and Finishers Women
Architecture and Construction Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers Women
Architecture and Construction Highway Maintenance Workers Women
Architecture and Construction Landscape Architects Women
Architecture and Construction Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers Women
Architecture and Construction Maintenance and Repair Workers Women
Architecture and Construction Mechanical Drafters Women
Architecture and Construction Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators Women
Architecture and Construction Painter Helpers Women
Architecture and Construction Pipelayers Women
Architecture and Construction Plumber Helpers Women
Architecture and Construction Plumbers Women
Architecture and Construction Refractory Materials Repairers Women
Architecture and Construction Roofer Helpers Women
Architecture and Construction Roofers Women
Architecture and Construction Stonemasons Women
Architecture and Construction Structural Iron and Steel Workers Women
Architecture and Construction Tapers Women
Architecture and Construction Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers Women
Architecture and Construction Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers Women
Architecture and Construction Terrazzo Workers and Finishers Women
Architecture and Construction Tile and Marble Setters Women
Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Audio and Video Equipment Technicians Women
Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Broadcast Technicians Women
Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers Women
Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Camera Operators Women
Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Film and Video Editors Women
Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners Women
Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Public Address System and Other Announcers Women
Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Radio and Television Announcers Women
Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Sound Engineering Technicians Women
Business, Management, and Administration Couriers and Messengers Women
Source: http://www.iseek.org/careers/menandwomen.html

Juniors 8 Ways to Prep for College Applications over Spring Break

Spring break can be a prime time to prep for a standout college application, and prevent stress closer to application deadlines. Use this much-needed vacation from school to consider what you really want out of college, and what you still need to do to get there.

prepping for college apps during spring break

Start Drafting Your College List

Do some soul searching over spring break to figure out what you want from your prospective colleges. Is your best fit college known for its chemistry department? Does it host a thriving theater scene? Talking to a college counselor about your dreams and goals can help you identify what’s important to you as you make your preliminary college list.

College Road Trip

A college website or brochure is no substitute for talking with actual students, visiting the science labs, sitting in on lectures, or grabbing lunch in the cafeteria. Make a plan to tour some of the schools that you are considering, and see if any of them could feel like home.

Make Time for Extracurriculars

Colleges want to know what you do with your spare time so that they can get a sense of who you are. This Spring Break try something new or investigate a career goal or study interest. Are you destined for a life in medicine? Shadow an RN for the week or volunteer for a local organization. Prove to colleges that your commitment to extracurricular activities isn’t tied to the school calendar.

Brainstorm for Your Application Essays

The 2016-17 Common App essay prompts are out. Plan topics for your personal statements by reflecting on the activities you care about. What are the aspects of your background, personality, and interests that make you unique? Who are the people who have influenced you? What experiences have challenged you?

Prep for the ACT or SAT

Whether you try some practice questions, review geometry concepts, or take a prep course, you’ll thank yourself later if you study now! Improving your score by a hundred points on the SAT or even one point on the ACT can significantly boost your chances of admission at many schools.

Look into Financial Aid

Cast a wide net in your search for grants and scholarships. Dedicate some time this break to researching scholarships, including application deadlines and eligibility requirements.

Pick Your Senior Year Classes

Yes, your classes and grades still matter your senior year. Choosing honors and AP classes when you can shows schools that you are serious about college-level work.  Plus, high scores on AP exams can help you graduate college early and save you money on tuition.

Make Summer Plans

Summer counts! Whether you take a job as a camp counselor, practice your Spanish in Guatemala, or prep for the ACT/SAT, your summer activities can strengthen your overall application.

Adapted from the Princeton Review

What is it like being a deejay on the radio?

What’s it like being a deejay on the radio?

Want to see how radio works?

Then come to…

TWO SESSIONS!  Pick one…

July 13-17 OR July 20-24, 2015 at WGMU George Mason University’s Campus Radio Station For Students in Grades 6-12

WGMU’s Summer Radio Camp will provide students hands-on training in a professional radio environment!

  • Read these two articles about our camp:
  • Inside NOVA
  • Mason News
  • Students will get a chance to be a deejay and play music over WGMU, broadcast around the world from our web site!
  • Students will learn from broadcast professionals how radio works!
  • Students will also learn how to write and produce a commercial and newscast.
  • A field trip to an area radio station will give students a “behind the scenes” look at radio.
  • Dates and times: July 13-17 and July 20-24, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm each day.

Cost: $280.00 per camper (make check payable to WGMU).

Click here for the registration form.

For more information, contact:

Rodger Smith e-mail: rsmith6@gmu.edu