The College & Career Center at La Plata High School is the gateway to your future! You will find information on universities, colleges, technical schools, trade and apprenticeship programs, military service, scholarship and financial aid information, employment and job information, and other resources to help you prepare for your future.
Remember, it's your future, look into it!
Mrs. Olivia Sisson
- Upcoming Events
- Apprenticeship Programs
- College and Career Readiness - XELLO
- FAFSA/Finacial Aid...Ways to Pay for College and Trade/Vocational School
- Job Opportunities
- NCAA Eligibility Center
- SAT & ACT Testing Dates
- Scholarships & Financial Aid Newsletter
- Selective Service
- Summer Opportunities
- Vocational & Technical Trade Schools
- Work Permit
What Is An Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship program trains you to become skilled in a trade or profession. Apprenticeship training typically combines classroom learning with hands-on work. Community colleges, technical training schools, and even employers provide these job related educational courses. This "learn while you "earn" model increases both skills and salary as they gain experience.
If you are planning to attend college after high school, you should be taking the most challenging classes and earning the best grades you can. All four years of high school count when you apply to college.
- 9th – 11th most important for grades because you will be applying to colleges in the early fall of 12th grade
- Every class, every credit matters. Even electives.
- Would you want admissions offices to see those interims? If not, make sure they improve by the end of the year for final grades because the final grades are what get printed on your transcript!
- Discipline Record --> Counselor Page
- Every college asks your counselor to check off whether or not you’ve ever been suspended. If yes, we have to explain why.
- Cell phone violations look silly to college admissions reps --- it looks like you won’t be able to follow simple campus rules.
- Build a resume starting NOW!
- Volunteering/community service is more than just your SSL graduation requirement
- Get involved in an activity and stick with it
- DO something, anything that will make you more than a name on a page
- Jobs and colleges want more than just grades!!!
Methods to apply to college
Some Colleges you will apply directly through the college's official website.
Are you interested in a Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)?
Check out this site: https://hbcuconnect.com/
New Pre-Engineering Program at CSM: For more information about the CSM Engineering Program, visit http://stem.csmd.edu/ or call Pre- Engineering Coordinator Jehnell Linkins at 301-934-7747.
Places to research colleges
If you already know the name of the college you want to learn about or apply to, you can google the college name or click below.
(More colleges will be added daily. Not every college will be listed below.)
It is never too early to start making plans for what you will do after high school. Not sure where to start?? Mrs. Hurley-Sisson is available to help you in the College and Career Center and every student has access to Xello!
Xello is the only K-12 online program that fully engages every student in building the skills, knowledge, and plans for future success regardless of background, ability, or pathway.
Xello's award-winning program puts the student at the center of their planning experience. Students document their journey as they build self-knowledge, explore post-secondary options, create plans, and continually reassess as they take in new knowledge, skills, and experiences.
Each student has a personal username and password for accessing this information.
Federal Student Aid is a government form that is used by colleges to award merit-based scholarships, need based grants and student and parent loans. FAFSA open enrollment is December 1st for senior year students. The state of Maryland deadline is March 1st of the student's senior year. However, several schools even in Maryland require the form to be completed and submitted earlier. Please check with universities in which you are interested.
Both students and parents must create a FSA ID before completing the form
Remember you are always completing the FAFSA for the college school year you are going into. So, for High School Seniors Class of 2024, you will complete the 2024-2025 FAFSA.
At the beginning of each school year, La Plata High School holds financial aid events in the months of September, October, November, December, January, and February.
PART TIME – AFTERNOONS
Engineering, 3D printing, Urethane Molding Service Bureau.
6390 Crain Hwy, Ste 101
La Plata, MD 20646
Days and Hours are Flexible: Monday – Friday, 11:30 pm – 5 pm Job Title: Manufacturing Assistant
Job Description: We offer flexible hours that can work well with your school schedule. It is a manufacturing job where you would help make prototypes for many engineering companies. .Applicants would assistant in casting plastic parts made from silicone rubber molds using MCP vacuum casting equipment. No experience required. protoCAD will provide training. For a detailed description of our services, please review the information given on our website, www.protocad.com, or contact us to set up an interview.
Qualifications: Likes Science and working with their hands.
Starting Date: immediately Salary: starts at $13.25 hour
Application Method: Call or email to set up interview,
Contact: Brian Edwards
Phone: (301) 934-1750
Juniors and Seniors who are thinking about ENLISTING in the MILITARY,
MUST take the ASVAB Test.
The ASVAB Test will be offered two times at La Plata High School. Once in the fall and again in the spring. More information about the dates and how to sign-up to take the ASVAB will be announced at school. Students are encouraged to use the RESOURCES available below to prepare for the ASVAB.
Military Recruiters will be visiting La Plata High School to provide information about their branch. Juniors and Seniors may also contact military recruiters to schedule a time to talk to them about enlisting in the military and the benefits of joining the military. Recruiter contact information can be found below.
COUNTY WIDE ASVAB TEST DATE
On Saturday, November 18, 2023, the ASVAB will be given to students who are interested in a career in the military. Students must be at least 16 years old, and a current 11th or 12th grade CCPS student. The test will take place at Maurice J. McDonough High School. Students should arrive at 8:45 am. Testing starts at 9:00 am will last approximately until 12:30 pm.
Please see Mrs. Sisson in the Career Center if you would like to register for the ASVAB test.
ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP)
- The ASVAB is also a tool to figure out where to find career satisfaction, you need all the facts about your skills and interests, the world of work, and your post-secondary options to make informed decisions. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) includes a validated aptitude test and interest assessment. The results are used to guide career exploration using our career planning tools.
- Careers In The Military and Benefits... All service members receive health care, housing and food allowances, as well as educational opportunities and special home loans.
- ASVAB Official Website...This website provides information about the ASVAB. Once on the site, students need to CLICK on ENTER AS AN APPLICANT link. Students will find: What to Expect When You Take the ASVAB, Preparing for the ASVAB, Sample Questions....and MORE!!!
- Practice Tests & ASVAB Information... The link below contains an explanation of what the ASVAB is, what is tested on the how the ASVAB can help you find a career, and website links which contain practice tests to help students study for the ASVAB.
- Military recruiting contacts, ROTC scholarship information, and military academy contacts. Apply for ROTC Scholarships during Spring of your junior year.
- Military Academies and Nominations- To be considered for admission to the Air Force Academy, U.S Military Academy, Naval Academy, and Merchant Marine Academy, a student must have a nomination either through a Member of the House of Representatives or United States Senate or a military service connection. Also, most Military Academies have a summer camp during the summer after your junior year that can help boost your application. You should apply to military academies your Junior year. Applications open up in February. Open and file as early as possible.
- Seniors...U.S Senator Chris Van Hollen is taking Military Academy Nominations . The deadline is September 28, 2023. Click the link below to apply.
- How Does Active Duty Differ From Reserve Duty...Some people choose to enlist as a full-time active duty service member, while others decide to enlist as a part-time, reserve duty service member. Active duty is comparable to working at a full time job. Reserve duty is similar to a part-time job- you keep your civilian job while receiving military training near where you live, and only serve part time.
SAT - ACT: School Code, CEEB Code, ETS Code - 210685
The best way to prepare for these college entrance exams is to participate in the daily schoolwork, and homework, then prior to the test to study to refresh already learned knowledge. It is recommended that Juniors take an exam during May or June and Seniors take an exam during August or October. To learn more about each test, free study material or to register go to www.collegeboard.org for the SAT and to www.act.org . If you think you may qualify for a fee waiver, please see Mrs. Sisson in the Career Center. Also see Mrs. Sisson, College & Career Advisor or you School Counselor for information.
SAT/ACT Score Conversion chart: https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/act-to-sat-conversion
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
for Academic Year 2024-2025 OPENS DECEMBER 1st.
ALL SENIORS planning to pursue ANY type of post-secondary education NEED TO COMPLETE THE FAFSA!!!
(All Seniors planning to attend a 2 or 4-year college or a trade or technical school should complete the FAFSA!)
There is a large selection of vocational and technical trade schools in this area. They take anywhere from six months to two years to complete, with either a certificate or an Associate’s degree. There is no room and board at most of these schools. They usually concentrate on just the major classes with very few other courses offered. . You will want to make sure the school is accredited for the program you are considering. You will need to complete an application.