Order Balfour Cap Gown 2019 

Balfour Class Rings

  VOS NW Banner


Science Logo

 Common Sense

College Career Main Title Page     

Staffed by Rochelle Davis, College Career Information Coordinator
(301) 601-4635
Open to students, parents & community from 7:15 am to 3 pm

Inside the College Career Information Center:

 News & Events 
 Naviance | Student on the web (formerly Family Connection)
Free Kaplan courses through Naviance incl. test prep & college essay
 Montgomery College 
 MCPS College Career Information Center Site 

The College Career Information Center is a college career resource for all high school students.  What happens in your Center?  Check out the redesigned US Dept. of Ed. College Scorecard, college search tool. 

NEW! The Montgomery College (MC) online application fee waiver period has been reinstated effective February 15, 2019 through April 15, 2019.  Paper application is not the preferred method but if students wish to complete the application on paper, download the paper application and submit directly to the offices noted on the application.  | web update 27 February 2019 | 

College Application Resources:

The  College Application Process  for seniors
The Northwest Senior Year Survival Guide - Hard copies available in the College Career Information Center & Counseling Office
The Northwest Get Ready for "Life After High School" Timeline for underclassmen

The Common App:  Search for current Essay Prompts with Tips & Tools
The Coalition Application Portal
Glossary of  Terms for College-Bound Students and Parents 
Teen Life  eGuide to Preparing for College
The  Montgomery County College Career web site

College Career High School Visits:

Students are able to meet with representatives from colleges, vocational schools, the military, and various career fields at their high school location.  Visits are usually held in the College Career Information Center (Room 126) during the school day.  Students with a valid Family Connection account are able to sign up to attend visits through their Family Connection account.  Passes are required and students should follow the instructions during the visit sign up to print their pass.  Staff signatures are required.  Visit schedules run daily on JAG TV, Family Connection and our event Google Calendar.  Find out more...

 Back To Top  

College Career News & Events:  

NEW! The 2019 Summer Rise Internship Program opens for registration on Monday, March 18!  Applicants must be a rising high school junior or senior in the Montgomery County, MD public school system.  Summer Rise is a 3-week, 60 hour, career development experience.  Students who successfully complete the program will receive a $300 stipend.  A limited number of opportunities are available.  Registration ends March 27.  Program dates will run from July 8 to July 26.  Visit Summer-Rise for more information and access to the registration portal.  | web post 15 March 2019 |

 NEW! Guaranteed Access Grant Document Drop-Off!  Monday, March. 25 from 5:00 pm to 8 pm.  Montgomery College - Rockville Campus (SC Building, Rooms 151 & 152).  Drop off required documents at the date and time noted!  Visit your MDCAPS To-Do List for required documents list.  Maryland Higher Education Commission website.  | web update 15 March 2019 |

Reminder Notice Image NACAC National College Fair & Northwest Field Trip Date is scheduled for April 1.  Students who returned their Student Admit Pass confirming fair registration, signed Permission Form and $4 should report to the Auditorium at the beginning of period 3 on Monday, April 1.  Destination:  Montgomery County Agricultural Center in Gaithersburg MD.  Northwest buses will depart at 9:45 am and return by noon.  Over 300 colleges represented, including career schools and representation from branches of the US Armed Forces.  Students should be prepared to bring a bag lunch on the day of the field trip.  There will be no food available to purchase at the event.  The college fair will be open to the public the evening of April 1 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.  | web update 4 March 2019 |

NEW! Montgomery College Open House.  Saturday, April 6 from 9 am until noon.  Rockville Campus.  Are you a current or future Raptor?  You can get help completing the admission application and FAFSA and receive guidance on registration.  Opportunities include participating in activities sponsored by some of the colleges 100-plus degree and certificate programs.  Take a tour, participate in the interactive session, win prizes and enter to win a MC book scholarship.  Check in location is the Science Center lobby.  Register online at  | web post 1 March 2019 |

NEW! Hampton University 'DMV Takeover' High School Day.  April 5.  Sponsored by the District Hamptonians of the National Hampton Alumni Association.  The trip will include round trip transportation on a luxury motor coach bus with DVDs and games with prizes.  High School Day includes guided campus tours; conversations with Administrators, Deans, coaches and other faculty; discussions about financial assistance; dinner in the campus waterfront dining facility and more!  Seats still available as of March 15.  Visit the High School Day eventbrite site to register.  Cost $75.  | web post 15 February 2019 |

NEW! Game Changer Conference for Young Males in grades 4 through 12.  Dads, Mentors, Ministers, Coaches, Counselors invited to attend.  Saturday, March 23 from 7:30 am until 3 pm.  The Universities at Shady Grove.  $15 per student; $13 per student for groups of 10 or more.  For more information and to register to attend, visit  | web post 25 February 2019 |

NEW! Historically Black Colleges and Universities Tour April 16 through April 20.  Sponsored by MTM Foundation.  Tour stops include Morgan State University, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, NC Central, Spelman, Howard University, Hampton University, Bowie State University, NC A&T and Norfolk State.  Cost is $650.  Contact the Foundation for seat availability and payment information.  Visit  Questions should be addressed to Mr. James by phone to (443) 768-6939 or by email to  | web post 15 March 2019 |

Reminder Notice Image The Universities at Shady Grove Undergraduate Expo!  Saturday, April 6 from 9 am to 12 pm.  At USG, nine Maryland universities offer specific degree programs all on one convenient campus (located in Rockville MD).  Students complete approximately 60 credits at Montgomery College (MC), then transfer to one of the programs offered at USG to complete the last two years of a Bachelor's degree.  Register to attend this event at  Opportunities throughout the morning include:

  • Meet with representatives from all USG undergraduate majors
  • Receive scholarship and financial aid advice
  • Learn more about the cost-saving MCPS-MC-USG Pathway
  • Get tips for writing a winning application essay
  • Tour the campus with current students... and more! | web post 4 February 2019 |

Paw Print TranZed Academy for Working Students (TAWS)!  The TranZed Academy is a new program for next year's high school seniors.  MCPS is implementing an apprenticeship program with 60 slots available.  Are you planning to work throughout your senior year?  Would you like to have a more flexible schedule so you can better balance your work and school schedule?  If so, the TranZed program might be a great fit for you.  Visit the TranZed Academy website for more information and to apply.  Please note the entrance requirements listed. 

Montgomery College Information:

 NWHS Jaguar Paw  High school seniors applying to Montgomery College are encouraged to apply during the 'Application Fee Waiver' season.  October 1 through March 1.  Seniors who would like to participate in the Accuplacer testing program with Northwest should be aware that it takes approximately 10 days for Montgomery College to generate the admission letters (mailed to the home) with the MC ID number required to take the Accuplacer.  | updated 27 Sept 18 | 

Information on the MC Accuplacer Placement test.

Student planning to transfer to a 4-year post-secondary institution after MC are encouraged to use ARTSYS as part of their college planning.  ARTSYS is the State of Maryland Articulation Information website.  ARTSYS shows which MC courses are recommended for transferring to specific Maryland colleges and universities. 

Montgomery College (MC), supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the Graduate and Transfer Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Talent Expansion Program (GT STEP).  The program is designed to assist students who are majoring in STEM fields (biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, engineering, or math) in acquiring their AA degree and/or facilitating their transfer to a 4-year college or university.  Program details and application can be found here.

SAVE THE DATES for Montgomery College Events - including Start Smart Enrollment Information Sessions.   Visit for program dates. 

Back To Top 



  • MC College Test Prep Schedules

    Classes available on Montgomery College campus locations and at local high schools.  Visit for updates on registration dates and locations.

This site maintained by the Northwest HS web team.
Click here to log in