College and Career Center


The College & Career Center at La Plata High School is the gateway to the future! One will find a plethora of information on universities, colleges, technical schools, trade and apprenticeship programs, military service, scholarship and financial aid information, employment and job information, and other resources to help you prepare for your future. More information is available from the U.S. Department of Education on "Funding Your Education Beyond High School."


During PRIDE Time, the Career Center is open Monday and Wednesday during A and B shifts and Thursday and Friday B shift only.

Students are invited to visit the College & Career Center in the morning before classes start, during select PRIDE Time shifts, or after school with an appointment! See Mrs. Campbell in the morning before 1st period to make an appointment.
Remember, it's your future, look into it!

You've got to apply to win! It does pay when you apply!


Mrs. Campbell
College & Career Advisor
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Juniors and Seniors:

The last day to sign up for the Fall ASVAB test is Wednesday, October 17th.

Please see Mrs. Campbell in the Career Center for more information or to sign up!


SENIOR c/o 2019 INFORMATION (Click here)



Scholarships for Seniors (

Seniors 2018 Scholarship Opportunities (varying deadline dates) ($3,000 quarterly scholarship opportunities)

AES Scholarship Deadline 10-6-18

Leslie A. Ebert Legacy Of Life Scholarship: Video Entry Form, Essay Entry Form

RN STAT Program Application, RN STAT Program Brochure


EMS Explorer Post 60 Opportunity

WOW 2018 Calendar of Events

Military Academy Showcase: May 10th



Summer Internship Program Provides Educational Opportunities for Local Students

Part-time/Intern Jobs in Charles County

Tips & ideas for planning for the future
It is never too early to start making plans for what you will do after high school. Not sure where to start?? Mrs. Campbell is available to help you in the College and Career Center and every student has access to Career Cruising!

Career Cruising has an Employment section where you can search for open positions in the area. The newspaper, classified ads, and signs in local businesses are good places to start looking too. Mrs. Campbell occasionally gets information about job openings too. You can check with her in the College and Career Center during lunch or before school!

Career Cruising

Each student has a personal username and password for accessing this information.  If you do not remember your user ID and password, see Mrs. Campbell.
What Can I Do with This Major?


POST-SECONDARY OPTIONS (click here for more information)

If you are interested in entering the military after high school, you must take the ASVAB test. You can take it in the 11th grade and again in the 12th. There is no fee for the ASVAB and it is offered at La Plata High School. More information about this test is available from Mrs. Campbell in the Career Center. You must also pass a physical exam. You should talk to recruiters from all branches of the military before making a decision on which one you want. They come to the College and Career Center at least twice a year or you can visit the recruitment office in Waldorf.


Regent University ROTC- 50% reduced tuition

Apprenticeship Programs:
There are many different programs out there, mostly union apprenticeships, ranging from wallpaper hanger to heavy equipment operator. The length of these programs varies from two years to five year. You start getting paid once you are accepted and start your apprenticship program.

Vocational & Technical Trade Schools:
There is a large selection of vocational and technical trade schools in this area. They take anywhere from six months to two years to complete, with either a certificate or an Associate’s degree. There is no room and board at most of these schools. They usually concentrate on just the major classes with very few other courses offered. Applications to these schools are similar to college applications. You will want to make sure the school is accredited for the program you are considering.


New Pre-Engineering Program at CSM:  For more information about the CSM Engineering Program, visit or call Pre- Engineering Coordinator Jehnell Linkins at 301-934-7747.

If you are planning to attend college after high school, you should be taking the most challenging classes and earning the best grades you can. All four years of high school count when you apply to college.

  • 9th – 11th most important for grades because you will be applying to colleges in the early fall of 12th grade
    • Every class, every credit matters. Even electives.
    • Would you want admissions offices to see those interims? If not, make sure they improve by the end of the year for final grades because those are what get printed on your transcript!

  • Discipline Record --> Counselor Page
    • Every college asks your counselor to check off whether or not you’ve ever been suspended. If yes, we have to explain why.
    • Cell phone violations look silly to college admissions reps --- it looks like you won’t be able to follow simple campus rules.

  • Build a resume starting NOW!
    • Volunteering/community service is more than just your SSL graduation requirment
    • Get involved in an activity and stick with it
    • DO something, anything that will make you more than a name on a page
    • Jobs and colleges want more than just grades!!!

Common Application 
Common Black College Application

College of Southern Maryland

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a government form that is used by colleges to award merit based scholarships, need based grants and student and parent loans.  The earliest that is can be completed is October 1st of the student's senior year.  The state of Maryland deadline is March 1st of the student's senior year.  However, several schools even in Maryland require the form to be completed and submitted earlier.  Please check with universities in which you are interested.

La Plata High School holds a Financial Aid Night each year in October. The College of Southern Maryland and other organizations hold FAFSA line-by-line workshops typically in January. All of this is free. The actual form is free and there is a free on-line live chat, free e-mail help and a toll free phone number all at 


October 2-Financial Aid Night Presentation

Important website links

College Searches
Financial Aid/Scholarship



2018 Veterinary Medical Career Fair & Information Sessions