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.

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 inbox of our students and parents via Naviance. Academic year 2023-2024 publication date:  11 April 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? |
| 2023 College Career Summer Workshop Resources |

| 2024 Naviance Senior Exit Survey... COMING SOON |


This just in...

| Post 12 April 2024 |

REMINDER!  The Unity Christian Fellowship, Inc. hosts Game Changer's Conference!  Saturday, April 20 from 8 am until 2 pm at the Universities at Shady Grove.  The conference theme for 2024 is "The World is Shifting Forward! Focus Forward and Compete." The target audience is Black or African American and Hispanic/Latino males in grades 4-12.  Workshops for students and parents include Navigating MCPS, Financial Planning, The Service Academies and more.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Although there is no charge for registration, all participants are asked to register in advance.  Optional for 2024 is an essay writing contest (due on April 10).  Details on The Game Changer website!

| Post 21 March 2024 |

REMINDER!  Maryland CareerQuest!  Connecting high school students with careers.  Monday, April 29 from 10 AM until 1 PM.  Over 20 leading career schools, community colleges, and employers across various industries on hand to offer insight to career planning and financial aid.  Register using the QR code on the image below or click HERE.  Click the image below to learn more about the event.

| Post 22 March 2022 |

REMINDER!  The Universities at Shady Grove Undergraduate & Graduate Open House.  Saturday, May 4 from 10 am to 2 pm.  High school families invited!  Registration & more information| Post 21 March 2024 |

REMINDER! AAVMC/VetMed Pathways Pre-Veterinary Career Fair!  The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Kwane Stewart, CNN's Hero of the Year and Co-Founder/President of the viral Project Street Vet, will be our keynote speaker for the AAVMC/VetMed Pathways Pre-Veterinary Career Fair! Join us for an informative and engaging event designed for middle, high school, and college students, as well as faculty interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.  Saturday, April 13th, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Location: Grand Hyatt, Washington DC, 1000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001 | Pre-Veterinary Career Fair Video Promo: Register for this no-cost event: Please complete the registration form.  For any questions or concerns, please contact | 21 March 2024 |

REMINDER! JOB FAIR.  Westfield Montgomery Mall.  Explore Boundless Opportunities.  Saturday, April 20 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Look for details to post in the coming weeks @

| Post 21 March 2024 |

UPDATE! TOWSON UNIVERSITY TEACHER SCHOLARS SUMMER INSTITUTE, SUMMER 2024.  MCPS, in partnership with Towson University, will offer a four day residential summer experience to MCPS 25 rising 11th and 12th graders.  The program dates are Monday-Thursday, July 15-18, 2024.  This summer program is well matched to students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in careers in education.  There is no cost to students or their families to participate. Register by April 15, 2024 using this LINK. (deadline extended) | 21 March 2024 |

During the TU Teacher Scholars Summer Institute, participants will:

  • Learn from TU faculty and earn 1 dual enrollment credit for the course, Exploring Careers in Education
  • Reside in a TU dormitory with all meals included
  • Participate in team building and recreational activities
  • Tour the TU main campus
  • Visit the TU student run on-campus preschool
  • Be eligible for a $600 stipend for the 4 day experience

Bus transportation from Rockville, Maryland to Towson University in Towson, Maryland will be provided.  Interested students must be available for all dates of the program and be comfortable with living on the Towson campus for 3 nights. MCPS chaperones will reside on site for the duration of the program. Should more than 25 students register, priority will go to students who have a high interest in becoming an educator or who are in an education pathway such as Child Development Associate (CDA) or Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM).  Questions? Please contact in MCPS, if students or parents/guardians have questions.

| Post 6 March 2024 |

REMINDER! The Berkeley Research Group (BRG) Summer Leg Up Program registration is now open!  Washington, DC office (located at1800 M Street NW, Second Floor | Washington, DC 20036.  July 15-18.  High school students in grades 9-12 are invited to register using this LINK.  Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA.  Once registered, students will receive an email to join a short call with BRG Leg Up Program administrators to confirm interest.  To learn more about the program visit or reach out to Carmen Ríos | Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion @  O 202.480.2700 | M +1 321 277-4074 |

| Post 4 March 2024 |

REMINDER!  United States Coast Guard Open House.  April 13 from 11 am until 2 pm.  Recruiting Office Baltimore (6499 Baltimore National Pike, Catonsville, MD 21228). Questions? Contact by phone or email to 410.747.3963 | 

| Post 23 February 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 2024: Resources from the Tuesday, March 21 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 22 March 2023 | 
  • RESOURCE:  Job search with
  • RESOURCE:  Maryland Department of Labor Apprenticeships & Training Programs
  • RESOURCE:  U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.  Search colleges.  Find the right fit.  Search careers. Financial Aid & FAFSA.  Training programs and apprenticeships.
  • RESOURCE:  Relationship Building 101:  Preparing for Life After High School 
  • RESOURCE:  College Conversations:  Connecting Students of Color to Top Colleges.  Virtual Event.  YouTube Video (English) | YouTube Video (Spanish)
  • RESOURCE:  Virtual Financial Aid Summer Workshop for Spanish speaking students and families.  Click here for presentation recording
  • RESOURCE: Search Test Optional Schools list.
  • RESOURCE:  Summer Programs & Internships.  A Google Sheet compiled by MCPS College Career Information Coordinators.
  • RESOURCE:  Summer 2023 College Career Virtual Workshops!  For resources from presented workshops, visit the 2023 College Career Summer Workshop Resources web page.
  • RESOURCE:  The Montgomery County College Career web site
  • ... See additional resources under Career Readiness, including resume tips and samples.

RESOURCE:  Military Academy Nomination Information

  • Information regarding Senator Van Hollen's application for a nomination to a U.S. Service Academy, including links to each Academy’s Admissions webpage. 
  • Questions regarding application for a nomination to an Academy from Senator Van Hollen, send an email to or call (301) 545-1500.


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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