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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   Getting Started

o   SAT Calendars and Registration

o   ACT Calendars and Registration

o   Test Prep

o   College Survival Vocabulary

o   Finding a College




                        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

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Daughters of the American Revolution


John F. Kennedy Essay Contest 

             Open to students in grades 9-12

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Burger King Scholarship 

            How to Apply: Online at

SunTrust Bank Scholarship

             How to apply

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship

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Student of Integrity Scholarship

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Lee-Jackson Scholarship Deadline 

             How to apply

Virginia Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (VAFEPA)

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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 today by making an appointment with your Career Coach.  A sign-up sheet is located in the Counseling Office.

                       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



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.

o   Resources 

o   Social Media Safety

o   Parents/Students



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