College and Career Center

Helping students explore educational and career options, make realistic career decisions, and establish career goals

The College and Career Center Specialist works together with school counselors, teachers, and staff members to help students make informed decisions about post-secondary opportunities. Information and access are provided to explore college and career options, financial aid and scholarship resources, standardized testing preparation, military careers, apprenticeship and technical school programs, job listings, summer opportunities, and volunteer programs.

College and Career Center Specialist: Tisa S. Frederick         

Email: tsfrederick@fcps.edu   

Phone: 703-913-3828

Hours: 

  • 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • The College & Career Center is open during Spartan Time, lunch (except D), and after school.
  • Periodically, the College and Career Center is closed for classes or meetings. Parents who wish to visit the Career Center may do so by scheduling an appointment by phone or email.

Location: The Career Center is located in room 1052.

CEEB Code: The school CEEB code for West Springfield HS is 472140

The Career Center is a service of the Student Services Department. The Career Center provides a framework of career awareness, career exploration, and career preparation activities for students to make the essential connection between school and career. They are prepared for this transition by understanding self and others, exploring occupations, making decisions, acquiring work skills and planning for life. The success of this transition depends on the cooperative effort of students, parents, teachers, counselors, and the community. 

College Visits

Juniors and Seniors are encouraged to attend college visits in the Career Center.  College representatives inform students about the school's admissions process and deadlines, campus life, housing, majors available and scholarships. Students have the ability to ask questions and in most cases meet the person who will read their applications in the future.

These sessions are approximately 30 minutes and are all held in the Career Center, unless another location is specified. College visits are updated regularly in Family Connections (through students' Blackboard accounts), COLLEGE tab under "upcoming college visits".

Students should sign-up for the visits on-line, print the confirmation page, and ask their teacher to be excused 24 hours in advance of the visit. The confirmation page will serve as the student's pass and it must have a teacher's signature in order to attend the visit. Please note that is always the teacher’s decision to allow the student to miss instructional time to attend one of these sessions. Students are responsible for any work missed while out of class. If you cannot attend a session, email Mrs. Tisa Frederick at tsfrederick@fcps.edu  for more information regarding the session.

College Admissions Representatives

The Career Center hosts approximately 50 college admissions representatives to meet juniors and seniors each fall. Log onto Family Connection through Blackboard to sign up for college visits, research colleges, or explore career inventories. For help, please see Ms. Frederick in the College and Career Center.

 

Additional College and Career Planning Resources