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MCPS College and Career Centers receive information regarding special programs for high school students and parents in the Washington Metropolitan area. While some of these events and materials may not be sponsored or endorsed by the Board of Education of Montgomery County, the superintendent, or your school, we encourage students and parents to explore the opportunities below and to take advantage of these worthwhile events and programs.
Parents and students participating in National College Fairs meet one-on-one with representatives from colleges and universities to discuss admission and financial aid opportunities at the their respective institutions. Register before the fair to make the most of your time onsite and ensure that colleges can follow up with you. Upon arrival at the fair, pick up a map to find your best-fitting colleges. Counselors will be available onsite to help you determine the colleges that meet your requirements regarding major, location, and other areas of interest.
*The Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) College Fairs are designed for students interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate study in the areas of music, dance, theater, visual arts, graphic design, and other related disciplines. Held each fall, attendees learn about educational opportunities, admission and financial aid, portfolio days, audition and entrance requirements, and much more by meeting with representatives from colleges, universities, conservatories, festivals, and other educational institutions with specialized programs in the visual and performing arts.
A campus visit can help you make decisions about what you’re looking for in a college. To find out what you can do to get the best experience from your campus visit, see BigFuture.
Miami University (Oxford Campus) Bridges Program
Location: Miami University's Oxford Campus, 301 South Campus Avenue, Oxford, OH.
Miami University hosts the Bridges Program, an overnight visit opportunity for high-achieving high school seniors who have a commitment to, and appreciation for, cultural diversity. Students who successfully complete the program, apply, are accepted for admission, and enroll full-time at Miami University's Oxford campus. Students are eligible to receive a scholarship ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 annually. For more information about the program or to apply, visit Miami University Bridges Program.
University of Maryland College Park Program for Prospective Students
The Overnight Stay Program is an opportunity for prospective University of Maryland students to see what it is like to live on-campus. The program offers current high school seniors the opportunity to stay with a current undergraduate student for one night and observe the atmosphere that the university offers its undergraduates in the residence halls. Students may register online or call 301-314-4255.
Seniors, who are at least 16 years old and are legal residents of the State of Maryland are eligible to apply for the student page program at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, MD. Exhibit an interest in state government and history, have a social security number, an average or above average scholastic record, a record of good conduct (be competent, reliable and courteous) are qualities considered. For additional information, contact Mrs. Shella Cherry, Student Leadership Coordinator, at 240-314-1039 or Shella_B_Cherry@mcpsmd.org.
Many students choose to balance their academics and community service with part-time, paid jobs. To become familiar with federal regulations dictating restrictions on working teenagers, visit the Department of Labor Website. For help with job readiness, job placement and retention skills, check out Snag A Job, or Student Jobs with the Federal Government.
UPS provides an excellent employment opportunity for students. Through the UPS Earn & Learn program, our student employees receive all the paid benefits of a great part-time job with UPS, plus outstanding education assistance of up to $2,625 per semester/$5,250 per year with a maximum lifetime benefit of $25,000. This assistance can be used for tuition, books and fees as long as you are attending an approved college, university, trade or technical school. You will be eligible for the Earn & Learn program on your first day of work. Part-time employees usually work 3 ½ - 4 hours each weekday (Monday through Friday) and typically do not work on weekends or selected holidays and involves continual lifting, lowering and sliding packages that typically weigh 25–35 lbs. and may weigh up to 70 lbs. For more information, visit UPS Earn and Learn.
The teacher education transfer program AAT comprises a curriculum that provides the first two years of a four-year bachelor's degree and teacher certification. The curriculum prepares students to transfer to an elementary education or Generic Special Education program at a four-year college or university in the state of Maryland. The associate of arts in teaching (AAT) articulates with all of the transfer programs in elementary education and Generic Special Education in the state of Maryland. This program enables students to fulfill their General Education requirements, participate in fieldwork experiences, and complete a core of professional education course work appropriate for the first two years of teacher preparation. To earn the AAT students must achieve a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA and present acceptable scores on a state-approved basic skills test. For additional information contact: Ms. Debra Poese, 240-567-7269; firstname.lastname@example.org.