Inside the College Career Information Center at Northwest High School

Staffed by Rochelle Davis, College Career Information Coordinator
Got Questions?  Need College Career Information? Schedule an appointment!
Available on-site and virtually for students, parents & community from 7:15 am to 3 pm

The College Career Information Center is a post-secondary planning resource resource for all high school students.

Summer Focus:  Preparing for your future with 2024 College Career Readiness Workshops


Senior Exit Survey - Please complete by May 24:

Senior Exit Survey:  MCPS requires each high school to report the plans of their graduates and the total number of scholarships graduates were offered.  The data is reported collectively and not by each individual graduate.  Click the image for survey instructions.  The survey will be completed using Naviance.  Please complete the survey by May 24. | Instructions to complete by May 24 | Post 22 April 2024 |


College Career e-NEWS Bulletin:

The College Career e-NEWS Bulletin contains college career events, the virtual high school visit schedule, Jag JOBS updates, college application resources and information, financial aid and scholarship opportunities.  e-NEWS is delivered to the email in box of our students and parents via Naviance. Academic year 2023-2024 publication date:  24 May 2024

On-page Quick Links:

| New Posts & College Career Alerts | ♦ | College Career High School Visits |
| College Application Resources:  including Application Fee Waiver Info, The College Essay, Common App & Coalition and the Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) college specific fee waivers | 
| College Career Resources  including College Career Planning Guide for Juniors & Job Corps Information |
Montgomery College Information | ♦ MCPS College Career Information Center Site |
| Career Readiness Resources, including resumes & cover letters | ♦  | Naviance | Student on the web |
| The Gap Year Information & Resources | ♦ | Learn about the HBCU |
Military Academy Nomination Information |
| Who Are Your Elected Officials? |
| Summer 2024 College Career Preparedness Workshops |

This just in...

NEW from College Board.  BigFuture Real Talk (a career and college exploration initiative for Black students and families) is hosting a special Real Talk event, "Celebrate Juneteenth: Find the HBCU for You!" This event will celebrate Juneteenth and help students and families find the HBCU that is the bet fit for their personal journey.  Dr. Brandi Waters, the person behind our creation of our AP African American Studies course, and several HBCU administrators and students will serve on the event's virtual panel.  June 11, 8 PM, EST.  Click the image for a direct connection to

| Post 16 May 2024 |

| MCPS College Preparedness Summer 2024 Workshops ** starting June 25 ** |
| Just added to Local Lineup: "The Common App" workshop on July 23 @ 11 am |
| links for details and registration are below the image |

| MCPS College Preparedness Summer 2024 | Local Lineup | Post 1 May 2024 |

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Get To Know Your College Career Information Center on YouTube!


College Career Resources:

Some of the resources below are from various workshops offered by MCPS high schools through College Career Information Centers. They continue to be available and useful resources.

  • Class of 2025: Resources from the Tuesday, March 29, 2024 Program |  College Career Planning Presentation Slideshow | Post Secondary Planning Guide for College Career Readiness (view on screen below) or  download in printable format | Northwest counselors reviewed the key components of college and/or career planning, college applications, discussed timelines, and provided resources to help students and families who are beginning the college and/or career search process. | Post 15 April 2024 | 


Military Academy Nomination Information: 

Congressman Trone’s Service Academy Nomination Application for the Class of 2029 is now open! Student's who wish to attend the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will need a nomination in order to do so. Candidates will need to submit the following before our deadline of Friday, September 20th, 2024 to be considered for a nomination:

  • A completed application profile, found on the Congressman’s website at There will be a place to upload:
    • A Resume (with a recent headshot photo)
    • A Motivational Letter (500 words or so about why they are interested in attending a Service Academy)
  • A High School Transcript, preferably with senior classes
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (from teachers (from different disciplines), counselors, employers, coaches, clergy, or anyone who knows you well (non-familial))

Candidates may send the application in directly with their resume and motivational letter, but the transcript and letters of recommendation must come directly from the counselor or recommender. These can be sent to

Information regarding Senator Van Hollen's application for a nomination to a U.S. Service Academy, including links to each Academy’s Admissions webpage. 


Job Corps Resources:

  • RESOURCE:  Job Corps...  Learn what the Job Corps can do for you.  The training program is free, including housing if needed, and open to young people ages 16–24 who meet low-income and other eligibility requirements. Students go at their own pace in studying and training, learn employability skills, and earn credentials to start a meaningful career. Center staff are their support network every step of the way.  
  • RESOURCE:  Woodland Job Corps Center in Laurel MD

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Career Readiness Resources:

The resource links below are available to download as Microsoft PowerPoint documents. 

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Montgomery College:

Montgomery College has made available to students opportunities for virtual assistance for all MC related concerns and/or questions.  Future Students!

Montgomery College Recruitment & College Access Specialist for Northwest High School:  Priscyla Aguilar-Villatoro. Contace by email to | by phone: 240-567-4451

Montgomery College Raptor Reference Enrollment GuideAn easy to follow guide from application to enrollment that includes deadlines along with a list of programs and majors.

Montgomery College Guided Placement:  Guided Placement is used by the college to determine college readiness for college level courses.  MC Multiple Options Reference Guide

Montgomery College ARTSYS Transfer Resource:  Students planning to transfer to a 4-year postsecondary institution after MC are encouraged to use ARTSYS as part of their college planning.  ARTSYS is the State of Maryland Articulation Information web site.  ARTSYS shows which MC courses are recommended for transferring to specific Maryland college and universities.


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The Gap Year:

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