College and Career Readiness Resources

Sat, 10/28/2023 - 6:23pm
  •  Follow us on Instagram :  HCPSS_CCR  -  Up to date information regarding College & Career Readiness information. This may include: Program/Workshop Information, Deadline Reminders, Helpful Resources, and Career Cluster Spotlights.   


  • March2Future Postsecondary Planning SeriesOpen to students in grades 9-12, March2Future is a free HCPSS program comprised of bi-monthly postsecondary virtual information sessions on post high school planning. Sessions feature guest speakers from HCPSS, college financial aid and admissions offices and cover such topics as military recruitment, apprenticeships, 4-year college admissions, disability awareness, financial aid and more.


  • Postsecondary Events Google Calendar  - A link to a google calendar that lists webinars, open houses, virtual visits, and programs that we have been notified about from colleges/universities, post high school planning organizations, and the local community. Please check this regularly as this is updated day by day.


  • 23-24 Scholarship List  - A comprehensive list of National, Local, and College Specific Scholarships. Each of these scholarships are also located in Naviance by selecting “Colleges” and then selecting “Scholarships”. By accessing this list through Naviance, you will be able to customize your search preferences. In addition, available scholarships for Grades 9-11 are also listed on the scholarship document.


  • 23-24 Enrichment Programs  - A list of local and virtual open houses programs for academic and career enrichment. This list also includes volunteer and employment opportunities.

Career Exploration & Planning:

  • Naviance: Naviance is a college and career tool that offers interest inventories, college searches, and career information. Students in grades 9-12 can access and utilize all of the features in Naviance including their individualized results from the four AchieveWorks learning styles, skills, and personality inventories they completed.


  • HCPSS Career and Technology Preparation:  HCPSS students can begin preparing for careers in high school by participating in a Career Academy. A Career Academy offers high school students with similar interests a unique opportunity to prepare for college and entry-level employment in the specific career areas listed below. Each Career Academy offers a recommended sequence of courses, internships, capstone projects, or research projects related to students' career goals, and the opportunity to earn college credit and/or industry certification while in high school.  A complete list of Career Academies offered through HCPSS is available online.


College Path:

JumpStart/Dual Enrollment

Jump Start:  Students have the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school.  Students can take college credit classes at their high school or at HCC. 

2-Year College

Students attending a two-year college work toward an Associate’s Degree or a certification program.  Maryland has 16 community colleges all offering open-admission and affordable tuition.  Further, community colleges provide opportunities for transfer degrees, workforce training, and continued learning.  To learn about all Maryland Community Colleges click here.

Howard Community College

4-Year College

Students attending a four-year college or university work toward a Bachelor’s Degree in a specified major.  As of 2020, there were a total of 4,298 four-year institutions, of which 1,626 were public, 1687 were private, and 985 were private for-profit. 

College Planning Timeline

  • College Planning Checklist: National Association of Admission Counseling is an organization of more than 26,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education.  NACAC has created a four year planning timeline for high school students.

College Search Information

  • Naviance:  Naviance is a college and career tool that offers interest inventories, college searches, and career information. Naviance is the mechanism by which counselors and teachers submit transcripts and letters of recommendation to colleges and universities on behalf of students.  All high school students in HCPSS have an account in Naviance.
  • Big Future:  A college and career website maintained by The College Board. This is a comprehensive site that includes interest inventories, search engines, resources, blogs, scholarship information and more.
  • HBCU Listing:   There are 107 colleges in the United States that are identified by the US Department of Education as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is money provided by an outside source to help pay for college or career school. Grants, work-study, loans, and scholarships help make college or career school affordable.  You can estimate your eligibility for federal student aid and your Student Aid Index (formerly known as Estimated Family Contribution) using the Federal Student Aid Estimator

Athletics in College

Interested in continuing your athletic career in college?  Visit to understand the steps that need to be taken to be eligible to participate in college athletics.

  • NCAA Future Athletes:  If you want to compete in NCAA sports, you need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.  Visit this site to register.  Additionally, this website provides resources and information on athletics in college.
  • Our Three Divisions:  This website provides information on the three differences between Division 1, Division 2, and Division 3.

College Admission Testing

  • maintains the list of colleges that do not require SAT or ACT for admission.
  • SAT:  The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. The SAT is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test created and administered by the College Board. 
  • ACT:  The ACT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions. It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by ACT, Inc.
  • PSAT:  The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is a standardized test administered by the College Board. It prepares you for the SAT and is administered in October to all 10th and 11th grade students during the school day.

College Application Process

In addition to their actual college application, students applying to college are required to submit transcripts and letters of recommendations to admission offices. The process to request transcripts and letters of recommendation is linked below:

  • Transcript Request Process:  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requires that schools receive written permission signed by parent/guardian before transcripts, including mid-year reports, letters by school based staff, and other student records can be released to a third party. This form is distributed to students to complete at the end of their Junior year (but can be completed Senior year if needed).
  • College Application Checklist:  This is a checklist to follow as students apply to college. It details information on applying, requesting transcripts, letters of recommendation, and more.

Military Path:

Comprising seven different branches, the military offers career training, health and retirement benefits, housing benefits, and tuition support. If your student is interested in pursuing the military upon graduation, feel free to contact the appropriate recruiter below.

Military Recruiter Contacts

Army - SSG Dujuan L. Smith, 502-956-1523
Navy - OS2 Daniel Greenhill, 410-74-3095
MD Army National Guard - 
Marine Corps - SSgt Amanda Laguerre, 443-784-1174
Air Force - TSgt Erik Brooks, 240-695-0022
Coast Guard - OS1 Jhonnatan Correal, 410-747-3963

Apprenticeship/Tradeschool Path:


Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.    

HCPSS Apprenticeship Opportunities:

  • Apprenticeship Maryland:  Apprenticeship Maryland is a graduation pathway for seniors in HCPSS, who are interested in employment and further education based on a career pathway. Apprenticeships opportunities are constantly growing as the county adds more businesses/sponsors. You can view the most updated list here.

Apprenticeships beyond HCPSS:    

  • Maryland Department of Labor and Licensing:  This is the  official website to start your journey on becoming an apprentice in Maryland. 
  • Howard Community College Apprenticeship Programs:  HCC offers several “earn while you learn” programs, including Biomedical Engineering Technology, Surgical Technologist, Licensed Practical Nurse, Information Technology.  They also offer the more traditional apprenticeships, such as Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical.

Trade Schools

A trade school is a postsecondary educational institution designed to train students for a specific job in a skilled trade career. Trade school offers hands-on training to prepare students for actual work in their chosen field. There are more than one hundred twenty-five private career schools in Maryland that offer training in a variety of fields. Before enrolling, make sure the school is accredited, inquire about the total program cost, complete the FAFSA, and visit the school to observe classes.