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MCPS College and Career Centers receive information regarding special programs for high school students and families in the Washington Metropolitan area. While some of these events and materials may not be sponsored or endorsed by the Board of Education of Montgomery County, the superintendent, or your school, we encourage students and families to explore the opportunities below and to take advantage of these worthwhile events and programs.
Parents and students participating in National College Fairs meet one-on-one with representatives from colleges and universities to discuss admission and financial aid opportunities at the their respective institutions. Register before the fair to make the most of your time onsite and ensure that colleges can follow up with you. Upon arrival at the fair, pick up a map to find your best-fitting colleges. Counselors will be available onsite to help you determine the colleges that meet your requirements regarding major, location, and other areas of interest.
*The Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) College Fairs are designed for students interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate study in the areas of music, dance, theater, visual arts, graphic design, and other related disciplines. Held each fall, attendees learn about educational opportunities, admission and financial aid, portfolio days, audition and entrance requirements, and much more by meeting with representatives from colleges, universities, conservatories, festivals, and other educational institutions with specialized programs in the visual and performing arts.
Although a website can never replace an actual campus tour, an online campus visit can start your college exploration and help you make decisions about what you’re looking for in a college. A typical online tour will take students and their families through 360 degree panoramic views of the college and many other surrounding areas of interest. This no-cost visit can help narrow down the list of colleges you want to visit in person.
College fly-in programs offer high achieving seniors an opportunity to visit the college campus and try the college experience. Programs are 2 to 3 day college tours and are generally offered for low income students, students of color, and/or first generation college students. The colleges often cover all transportation, food, and housing costs for the students during the visit. Most programs for prospective students occur in September or October to give students time to visit before they submit applications. Participants generally meet with admission and financial representatives, sleep in dorms with student hosts, attend classes, chat with current students from similar backgrounds, talk with professors, and eat in the dining halls. Fly-in programs are competitive — students must apply and show they are academically qualified to attend. Many colleges will have fly-in program information on their websites and start accepting applications in the summer.
Seniors, who are at least 16 years old and are legal residents of the State of Maryland are eligible to apply for the student page program at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, MD. Exhibit an interest in state government and history, have a social security number, an average or above average scholastic record, a record of good conduct (be competent, reliable and courteous) are qualities considered. For additional information, contact Mrs. Shella Cherry, Student Leadership Coordinator, at 240-314-1039 or Shella_B_Cherry@mcpsmd.org.
Many students choose to balance their academics and community service with part-time, paid jobs. To become familiar with federal regulations dictating restrictions on working teenagers, visit the Department of Labor Website. For help with job readiness, job placement and retention skills, check out Snag A Job, or Student Jobs with the Federal Government.
UPS provides an excellent employment opportunity for students. Through the UPS Earn & Learn program, our student employees receive all the paid benefits of a great part-time job with UPS, plus outstanding education assistance of up to $2,625 per semester/$5,250 per year with a maximum lifetime benefit of $25,000. This assistance can be used for tuition, books and fees as long as you are attending an approved college, university, trade or technical school. You will be eligible for the Earn & Learn program on your first day of work. Part-time employees usually work 3½ - 4 hours each weekday, Monday through Friday and typically do not work on weekends or selected holidays. For more information, visit UPS Earn and Learn.
The teacher education transfer program AAT comprises a curriculum that provides the first two years of a four-year bachelor's degree and teacher certification. The curriculum prepares students to transfer to an elementary education or Generic Special Education program at a four-year college or university in the state of Maryland. The associate of arts in teaching (AAT) articulates with all of the transfer programs in elementary education and Generic Special Education in the state of Maryland. This program enables students to fulfill their General Education requirements, participate in fieldwork experiences, and complete a core of professional education course work appropriate for the first two years of teacher preparation. To earn the AAT students must achieve a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA and present acceptable scores on a state-approved basic skills test. For additional information contact: Ms. Debra Poese, 240-567-7269; firstname.lastname@example.org.