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STAT News - late October
Students in 8th grade who are considering STAT should review their career interests. There are three separate program areas - Engineering, Information Technology and Biomedical Sciences - of which students may only apply to one. Here are some videos that were shown at Signature Night:
"I Am a Scientist"
"Why Do You Want to Be an Engineer?"
"Coding - the New Superpower"
Please visit the 16 Career Clusters web page to take a survey, and find more resources for career exploration.
STAT News - October
Current STAT students should choose extracurricular and community activities that allow them to give service and deepen knowledge and skills that relate to their educational and career goals. Students can volunteer at their library branch, through United Way or at the Moss Free Clinic. The Virginia Science Fair is highly recommended. For those who don't have transportation readily available, there are numerous online contests and learning opportunities. Please contact the Career Specialist for suggestions.
STAT News - late September
Prospective STAT students (current 8th graders with interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, health and medical careers, and computing): please attend Signature Programs Night on October 28 at Brooke Point High School. This event allows you to determine which programs you should learn more about this fall and winter. Application deadlines are after the winter break for Advanced Placement Program of Excellence (APPX), Commonwealth Governor's School (CGS), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Stafford Academy for Technology (STAT). But before students apply to any program or programs, they are expected to participate in information sessions specifically for the program or programs that interest them.
Prospective STAT students should take an Interest Assessment to see if their interests fit with any of the three programs offered: Engineering, Biomedical Sciences or Information Technology. Students must choose one area only, and STAT is only recommended for students who intend to pursue further education and careers in one of these areas. At the 16 Career Clusters page, students can take an assessment, view sample career titles and link to resource websites to deepen their understanding.
STAT News - September
The Career Specialist met with STAT Engineering program students in grades 9 and 12 and shared the Commonwealth's career and college planning website, Virginia Wizard, at www.vawizard.org Students created an account at this free educational site and took an Interest Assessment. Students who want to hone their results can retake the assessment or take additional assessments, and find out what college programs of study are connected with the career areas that interest them. Please contact the Career Specialist, Mrs. Emerson if your student missed the opportunity or had any difficulty using the site.
9th graders also used Virginia CareerView, at www.vaview.org . Virginia CareerView provides in-depth career information (a useful complement to Virginia Wizard.) Career detail is EXTREMELY important for students to develop robust career plans. Students were also encouraged to be aware of their choices to learn and challenge themselves this year, and through consistent effort, to set themselves apart on their way to an exciting future.
12th graders learned keywords for discovering application requirements and deadlines at typical college websites and were encouraged to acquire information early and use a calendar system to track these requirements. They also used Parchment, a website for college admissions planning, to learn median standardized test scores and GPA for applicants, accepted and denied students at colleges that interest them. Again, please contact the Career Specialist, Mrs. Emerson, if your student missed the lesson or has any concerns about the sites and information found therein.
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