College and Career Centers

There is a wealth of information available for career and college planning. Much of it is free and interactive. Click on the name of your high school below to get to the College and Career Center webpage.

Henry E. Lackey
La Plata
Maurice J. McDonough
North Point
St. Charles
Thomas Stone
Westlake

Each career center website is updated monthly and includes dates of upcoming visits by college admissions officers, military recruiters, business representatives, as well as details on scholarships and financial aid. Visit the Useful Student Links section on the school system website for links to other helpful resources.

Almost every four-year college and university in the country requires standardized test scores. Most will accept either the ACT or the SAT. The two tests differ in important ways, so students can take the free practice tests to figure out which one best shows their strengths. Go to www.actstudent.org and www.collegeboard.com, following the links to Test Prep.

Students should not wait until their senior year to take the ACT and/or SAT tests for the first time, as most colleges purchase the mailing lists of juniors taking the tests and market directly to them. Waiting until their senior year means that students could miss out on literature and special offers, such as a waiver of the application fee.

Trade associations often offer apprenticeships for high school graduates. For mechanical trades, such as HVAC, plumbing and steamfitters, contact the U.A. Mechanical Trades Schools at (301) 341-1555. Students can also contact the unions representing the various trades for a listing of training opportunities.

Not sure of your career interests? Try the free interest inventory at http://www.iccweb.com/perfect_career.htm.
For questions regarding the counseling program, please contact Alicia A. Jones at (301) 934-7334.