Planning for College-
Community College (Associates Degree & Certificate Programs)
Community colleges provide affordable, career-oriented programs which enable students to begin their careers after two years of college or less. Those completing two-year programs earn associate degrees. Students completing short-term programs (one year or less) receive certificates or diplomas. Transfer to a four-year college to earn a bachelor.
For more information about schools and programs, go to Virginia Community College System.
College & Universities (Bachelor & Graduate Degrees)
A four-year college education or bachelor’s degree can open doors, provide status, and prepare students for financially rewarding careers. Colleges vary greatly in their size, costs, admission policies, and in the major they offer. For more information go to Virginia Wizard.
Technical & Training Schools
Career and technical schools offer short-term training in a wide variety of career fields. While some programs last only a few weeks, others take up to two years to complete. Apprentices learn their trade through a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. For more information, research PVCC Workforce Services or CATEC Programs.
o Test Prep
o The College Application Process
Scholarships & Grants- Grants and scholarships are often called “gift aid” because they are free money—financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid. Grants are often need-based, while scholarships are usually merit-based.
Grants and scholarships can come from the federal government, your state government, your college or career school, or a private or nonprofit organization. Do your research, apply for any grants or scholarships you might be eligible for, and be sure to meet application deadlines!
CVCC Scholarship Opportunities
How to apply: cvcc.academicworks.com
Daughters of the American Revolution
John F. Kennedy Essay Contest
Open to students in grades 9-12
How to apply: http://www.jfklibrary.org
Burger King Scholarship
How to Apply: Online at http://www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/Home
SunTrust Bank Scholarship
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship
How to apply: www.reaganfoundation.org/scholarships
Student of Integrity Scholarship
How to apply: www.bbb.org/western-virginia
Lee-Jackson Scholarship Deadline
How to apply: http://www.lee-jackson.org/
Virginia Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (VAFEPA)
How to apply: http://www.vafepa.org
Career Center- Careers help students acquire information and plan action about work, jobs, apprenticeships, and post-secondary educational, and career opportunities. A career is more than a job. It is experience, training, and education. Start with an interest and build a set of skills. Gain a valuable education. Your journey begins here.
o Career Exploration
o Resumes and Applications
Workforce Opportunities- On-the-job training is provided by the employer, and it can last anywhere from a few hours to several months. For more information, go to the Virginia Workforce Connection.
Military Academies & Recruiting- The four major branches of the military are the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marines. There are also military opportunities in the Coast Guard, the National Guard, and the Reserves. ROTC programs are available for those students who want to attend college before they enter the military. For more information, go to www.todaysmilitary.com.
Personal/Social - which assists students to develop an understanding of themselves, the rights and needs of others, how to resolve conflict and to define individual goals, reflecting their interests, abilities and aptitudes.