VMHS College & Career Center

Weekly Update Vol. 12


We are excited about another great semester! Be on the lookout for future updates from the VMHS College & Career Center. It is our mission to serve our students and community to the best of our abilities. Please scroll all the way down to see all that the College & Career Centers have to offer and any upcoming events and deadlines.

Click HERE to see our calendar.

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SAT Testing Date has changed

Wednesday, March 24th, 8:30am

7618 Evans Road

San Antonio, TX

College Board has updated the date for SAT testing.
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SAT Testing for 11th Grade

The SAT test will be administered on campus. Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

Date: March 24, 2021
Time: 8:30 am
Location: Veterans Memorial High School-Must attend in person (Online testing is not available)

-You will need to use your JISD student email in order to complete the google document and sign up for testing.

  • NO snacks are allowed in the testing room.
  • Face masks MUST be worn during testing.
  • BE ON TIME! If you arrive late you will not be able to test.
  • Students will be given time after testing is complete to fill in college codes and to opt-in to the College Board Student Search Services.
  • Rosters will be posted in the entrance foyer and the cafeteria with your testing room number.
  • Students that are virtual will be able to leave once ALL Testing Material has been turned in and accounted for.
  • Cell Phones will be returned once Testing Materials have been turned in.

SENIORS, Please Fill out the FAFSA Survey below if you have not already done so

Please Fill Out the FAFSA Survey Below:

Career Focus: Law Enforcement

AACOG- Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy

Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy

The Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy offers basic peace officer and basic correction officer programs for individuals seeking licensure through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC)

Entrance / Written Exam Requirements

The first step is to take the entrance exam, applicants must bring copies of the following documents the day of the exam:

  • High school diploma or GED and College Transcripts (unofficial are acceptable)
  • Member 4 Form/DD214 (if applicant has prior military experience)
  • Proof of auto liability insurance
  • Proof of citizenship (i.e., birth certificate or naturalization certificate)
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Payment in the exact amount of $35 in Credit/Debit, Money Order or Check is due at time of examination. No cash accepted.

Entrance Exam Dates

Upcoming Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC) Class Start Dates:

Full-time Day Class: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. including two or three weekend training sessions during the course.

Would you be interested in a Part-Time (Evenings during the week only) Law Enforcement Academy? Currently, we do not have an evening class, but we are searching for anyone who is interested in attending an evening, part-time class, should we have enough interest. Please click at the link below and let us know you are interested in attending by responding to the email and include your name, phone number and email address.


The academy will inform you if we will proceed with an evening, part-time Law Enforcement Academy class.

2021 Bravo April 12, 2021 - *Graduation is anticipated to occur in October 28, 2021,

if there are no delays due to any unforeseen incident (i.e. COVID-19 issues)

Orientation April 1, 2021

2021 Alpha January 19, 2021 - *Graduation is anticipated to occur in July 6, 2021,

if there are no delays due to any unforeseen incident (i.e. COVID-19 issues)

Orientation January 12, 2021

2020 Bravo July 13, 2020-January 14, 2021

Orientation July 1, 2020

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Update-MLK Scholarship

Due to our recent weather conditions in Bexar County, the MLK Scholarship Program Committee rescheduled the MLK Scholarship Workshop that was scheduled for Saturday, February 20th. This workshop is now scheduled for Saturday, February 27th at 9:30am.

Additionally, the new scholarship application deadline will be extended to Friday, March 5th by 4:00pm. This date will be changed on the website shortly.

MLK Scholarship

Check Out These Colleges

Texan Tour

Tarleton State University is hosting four campus preview days this spring semester. Students will be able to speak with faculty and staff from academic departments, admissions, housing, financial aid, and scholarships. They will also have the opportunity to take a campus tour, view housing showrooms, and explore our Honors College, Corps of Cadets, and ROTC programs. Space is limited so students are encouraged to register early! Visit their website for more Texan Tour info.

Texan Tour Dates:

· February 27, 2021

· April 9, 2021

· April 10, 2021

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Texas Tech Virtual Visits


Come join us for our Virtual Techsan Experience. This event will allow you to experience a live tour around campus, visiting some of Texas Tech's most famous spots! This tour will include visiting Jones AT&T Stadium, United Supermarkets Arena, Student Union Building, and much more! We will review how to apply to Texas Tech University and what you can do in preparation for your application to open.

Sunday, February 28, 2021
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST
All sessions are hosted virtually using Zoom

Register here:


Sunday, March 21, 2021
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST
All sessions are hosted virtually using Zoom

Register Here (Links to an external site.)

Sunday, April 18, 2021
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST
All sessions are hosted virtually using Zoom

Register Here (Links to an external site.)

For questions about this event, contact the Visitors Center at 806.742.1299 or visitors@ttu.edu.

Checkout This SCHOLARSHIP:

Judson Education Foundation Scholarship

Sunday, March 14th, 12am

This is an online event.

Calling all JISD seniors - the JEF 2021 Scholarship Applications are NOW OPEN!

Apply today!

https://judsonsd.sjc1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b9JfBcRjw5a962W (Links to an external site.)

Deadline: March 14.2021

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Alamo Colleges Foundation Scholarships

There are scholarships available through the Alamo Colleges Foundation along with resources to help you develop a strong application and information to help with the submission process.

Also, connect with the Alamo Colleges Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to engage with other students who benefit from Alamo Colleges Scholarships.

Applying for Foundation Scholarships

2021-2022 Scholarship Application

Application Opens: Jan. 4, 2021 at 8 a.m.

Priority Application Deadline: April 5, 2021
Final Application Deadline: Sept. 5, 2021

Submit an Application (Links to an external site.)

Scholarship recipient selections begin after the Priority Application Deadline and continue throughout the academic year. Students selected to receive a scholarship are notified by email.

Scholarship Application

Only one application is considered per academic year. If you submitted a scholarship application, you must apply again to be considered for next academic year scholarships.

Once you submit your application, you will be given an application number. Make sure to write down your application number. This number confirms your application was submitted

Many scholarships require financial need. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov (Links to an external site.) as soon as possible, since it takes a few weeks before receipt by the Alamo Colleges District.

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Trade Opportunities

Culinary Schools in San Antonio

Enrollment: Applying to the CIA is easy as everything is done through their online portal.

The application will ask you to answer questions related to yourself so that the school staff can better understand your areas of interest.

This process consists of filling out the application form.

There are two easy ways to apply whether via the CIA online application or the Common Application.

You will have to answer some short essay questions and submit your application along with the $50 application fee.

You are supposed to ask for a recommendation from a former teacher or employer and contact your high school or previous college and request that they send your official transcripts to the CIA Admissions Office.

Fees: Tuition per semester is $15,100 and there is a $50 application fee.

There are also some other additional fees that have to be paid.

Courses Offered:

  • Baking and Pastry Arts
  • Culinary Arts
  • Applied Food Studies
  • Culinary Science
  • Food Business Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program

Contact Information:

  • The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio
  • Address: 312 Pearl Parkway Building 2, Suite #2102, San Antonio, TX 78215
  • Phone: +1 210-554-6400
  • Web: https://www.ciachef.edu/

St. Philip's College : Culinary Arts

Program Level: Degrees, Certificates

Department: Business and Entrepreneurship

Institute: Business & Entrepreneurship

College: SPC

What is the Culinary Arts program?

The Culinary Arts program prepares students for careers in the visitor and hospitality industries that are vital to the San Antonio and South Texas economy. The industry has grown handsomely in the recent past and is currently the city's second largest industry. Approximately 37 million people visit San Antonio per year, and the tourism industry has an estimated $15.2 billion impact on the city's economy.

What will I learn?

The competencies needed to be successfully employed in the culinary arts industry.

What can I do with this course of study?

Pursue a career in Food Production Chef, Fine Dining Chef, Kitchen Manager, Caterer, Research and Development Chef, or Personal Chef.

QuestBridge Scholars Program

High school juniors: Are you eligible for the QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program?

The application is now open! Awards include full scholarships to summer programs, up to $1,000 for a laptop, essay feedback, and more.

Visit www.questbridge.org (Links to an external site.) to learn more and apply.

UTSA ISD Saturdays

Join us for ISD Saturdays, a special series for San Antonio-area students to explore what UTSA has to offer. Students will meet their admissions counselors, learn about UTSA's academic programs and student life, and build a plan for their Bold Futures.

Each one-hour virtual session will focus on the following topics:

  • Mar 3 – Access & Affordability
  • Mar 27 – Get Rowdy & Experience Roadrunner Nation
  • May 1 – Navigating UTSA: Completing your Enrollment Checklist

We are also excited to announce some big giveaways! If students attend all three sessions, they will be entered for a chance to win a $1000.00 scholarship or a $200.00 HEB gift card.

Please share this with your students, and feel free to sign up for the event as well! We look forward to seeing prospective Roadrunners and our favorite high school counselors!

Visit: https://future.utsa.edu/satx/ to learn more and to register for the event! We also have some great virtual backgrounds for your ISD!

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Senior Mid-Year Checklist

A COMPLETE APPLICATION -Make sure your applications are complete. The following documentation must be submitted before your application can be reviewed:

o Application Form -Apply Texas, Common App, University App, etc.

o Supplemental Application (if applicable)

o Application Fee or Fee Waiver

o Official Test Scores if you are not waiving the SAT/ACT – Must be sent from College Board or ACT

o Official Transcripts (sent by school) 9th – 11th grade

o Letters of Recommendation (if applicable)

o Optional Materials

o Optional letter of recommendation


o Local Scholarships are starting to open their applications. Apply, Apply, Apply

o If you missed the FAFSA priority deadline, it isn’t too late to apply. Make sure your application is complete.

o Make sure you have completed all of your TSIA testing if you plan to attend College in Texas.

o Schoolinks-This is a new college platform. You can find it in your student portal. Make sure you have taken the interest inventory and the career path quiz to activate your account.

o Acceptance Letters/Emails- once your Schoolinks account is activated, you can upload your acceptance letters and award letters.


o Confirm with your school counselor about your “Mid-Year” Report o Mid-Year report shows the universities your 1st semester grades (will be available late February/Early March)

o Respond to any queries you receive from FAFSA

o Respond to any queries you receive from any colleges MARCH OR APRIL

o Decision Letters are mailed out! – Good luck!!!

o Keep up your grades! Acceptance letters may be rescinded if your grades drop)

o Make a plan if you become wait-listed


o ASVAB Testing-If you are interested in Military Service, make sure you have completed an test and contacted Ms. Hodges.

o Review Financial Aid Packages with your parents – Packages will be mailed out or will be available in your student portal. Makes sure you review the information and log into your University student account to accept it.


o DECISION DAY! Submit your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) by May 1st o Only submit your SIR to one college

o Place an order your final transcript for your University/College/Military B

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JUNIORS: Top 5 Things You Should Start Now

The Spring semester will pass by very quickly and there are some things you need to be prepared for. I've listed some of the tasks to help get you ready for your college application season. The University/College applications will open early again this year and it is always advisable to be prepared.

Maintain your grades!
  • Admissions is based on a 6th semester transcript. That means your 9th, 10th and 11th grade year will be used to evaluate your admissions application.
Study for your SAT
  • You will have the opportunity to take the SAT on March 3, 2021. It is true universities/colleges have waived the SAT for admissions. However, the major you are interested in may still require an SAT score. Make sure you check the requirements.
Schoolinks-Build Your College List
  • Schoolinks is the districts new college platform. It can be found in your JISD Student portal. You can research colleges, take interest/career quizzes, build a college list, and use the Common App to apply for colleges. Get familiar with this platform because you will use it often as a senior to submit your acceptance letters and scholarships.
Schoolinks-Create a Resume
  • You can create a Resume in Schoolinks by selecting your profile name. Resumes are helpful when you ask teachers, managers, and volunteer supervisors to write letters of recommendation for you. Some Universities/Colleges will require a resume as part of the application process.
Prepare your accounts
  • The Majority of Texas University applications will open on July 1, 2021. You want to be prepared and have some of the information ready to go. You can save time by creating your accounts and completing your profile. Make sure you keep your passwords in a safe place. Some accounts that require a profile are listed below:

  1. Apply Texas
    https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX (Links to an external site.)
  2. FSA ID (You and Your Parents will need to create an ID)
    https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch (Links to an external site.)
  3. Common Application
    https://www.commonapp.org/ (Links to an external site.)
  4. Coalition for College Application
    https://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/ (Links to an external site.)
  5. Common Black College Application


February ASVAB Testing

Thursday, April 22nd, 8:30am

7618 Evans Road

San Antonio, TX

Testing is IN-PERSON and virtual testing is NOT available.

To sign up, go to https://forms.gle/mHJKKYc3MjH1ZGEX9

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Applying for Colleges & Universities in Texas Using ApplyTexas

ApplyTexas College Connections NLC

TSI Testing

What Is the TSI Assessment?

The TSI Assessment (TSIA) is part of the Texas Success Initiative program designed to help your college or university determine if you are ready for college-level course work in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. If you are an incoming college student in Texas, you are required to take the TSI Assessment - unless you are already exempt (read below) - to determine your readiness for college-level work. Based on how you perform, you may either be enrolled in a college-level course and/or be placed in the appropriate developmental course or intervention to improve your skills and prepare you for success in college-level courses.

Who Needs to Take TSI at VMHS?

  • Students preparing to take a dual credit class in the 2021-2022 school year
  • Students applying for an Alamo Academy dual credit program in the 2021-2022 school year
  • Seniors planning to take college courses*

*TSI is required in the state of Texas. Students can be exempt through meeting benchmark scores on SAT or ACT.

CLICK HERE to Register

12th Grade January & February College & Career Planning

Help your student plan for their future using SchooLinks. Students can access SchooLinks through the JISD portal. They will login using Google (school email & school password). Some of the activities that you can encourage your student to do are:

  • Complete a Balanced Final List (view the Final List video on SchooLinks by clicking: Activities>Learning>Learning Tasks (drop down menu)>The College Application Process>The Final List)

  • FAFSA Completion

If your student needs help with college planning or would like to schedule an appointment with Ms. Rendon, the College Counselor, CLICK HERE

If your student needs help with career planning or would like to schedule an appointment with Ms. Hodges, the Career Counselor, CLICK HERE

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Paying for Your College Education

AIAA Roger W. Kahn Scholarship

The application deadline is 1 March 2021. For questions, e-mail K-12STEM@aiaa.org.

AIAA is awarding up to four $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors who enroll in an engineering major at a college or university!

Scholarship also includes:

$2,500 travel stipend to attend an AIAA event or program such as AIAA SciTech, AIAA AVIATION, AIAA Propulsion and Energy, or ASCEND

A mentor from AIAA’s professional members to help guide the student to achieve a career in aerospace.

Eligibility Requirements:

Current high school senior intending to pursue an aerospace or STEM major at a college or university (must provide proof of enrollment to receive the scholarship funds)

Minimum high school GPA of 3.5

Demonstrated interest in aerospace through extracurricular activities

Underrepresented students encouraged to apply

Application Documents:

Transcript that shows high school GPA

1-page statement that describes STEM-related studies and/or extracurricular activities

Letter of recommendation from STEM educator or mentor

Application form


March Scholarship Due Dates

OPENS IN SPRING- www.patsyminkfoundation.org/education-support-application
1st-Al's Formal Wear info.alsformalwear.com/scholarships/
1st-Concord Hilton/Hotel & Restaurant uh.edu/hilton-college/students/scholarships/
1st-Conditional Grant Program ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/hrd/cgp-application.pdf
1st-Fort Sam Houston Spouses Club scfsh.org/scholarships
1st-Knights of Columbus www.kofc.org/en/members/programs/scholarships/index.html
1st-National Italian American Foundation bit.ly/2vxRv8Z
1st-Project Yellow Light www.projectyellowlight.com/how-it-works
1st-SEG Society of Exploration Geophysicists seg.org/Scholarships
1st-TAAIS Memorial Fnd Asthma Award taais.org/scholarship/
1st-VFW Scout of the Year www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/scout-of-the-year
1st-Windy Jackson Hall Memorial https://www.jacksonhall.com/
1st-Wings Over America (Final deadline) wingsoveramerica.us/
2nd-Culver's www.culvers.com/about-culvers/culvers-foundation
2nd-SA Lighthouse for the Blind www.salighthouse.org/programs/emma-freeman-scholarship/

3rd-DNA Day Essay Contest www.ashg.org/discover-genetics/k-12-education/dna-day/
4th-Aggie Park www.aggiepark.com/article.html?aid=1001

4th-Army ROTC offload.goarmy.com/content/dam/goarmy/emm/attachments/ArmyROTCinfo.pdf
5th-Texas Farm Bureau texasfarmbureau.org/youth/youth-opportunities/

5th-DCU for Kids www.dcuforkids.org/scholarships/

5th-Dick Mitchell Memorial bit.ly/38ij3gR
6th-SA Rotary Norman Vestal Memorial www.rotarysa.org/scholarships/norman-vestal/
7th-Simpson Strong-Tie www.strongtie.com/about/company/scholarships

8th-America's 911 Foundation www.americas911foundation.org/scholarship/scholarship_main.html

8th-All American Scholar www.cliu.com/member-benefits/scholarship/

8th-Methodist Stone Oak Hosp. https://sahealth.com/locations/methodist-hospital-stone-oak/volunteer/scholarship-application.dot

9th-Create A Greeting Card www.gallerycollection.com/greeting-cards-scholarship.htm

12- Elks Eagle Scout Scholarship https://texaselks.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Eagle-Scout.pdf

12th- Elks TESA VOCATIONAL GRANT https://texaselks.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Voc-Grant-Application-2021.pdf

13th-Bexar Area Alumnae Chap. DSTS http://www.bexarareadst.org/uncategorized/baac-2020-scholarship/
15th-AABE Alamo Chapter www.aabe.org/index.php?component=pages&id=4
15th-ATLE Assoc. of TX Leaders for Educ. bit.ly/374BRyN
15th-Beyond the Borough National bit.ly/2SLcexR
15th-Donald & Barbara Mozley "Engineering" bit.ly/3bf5dhn
15th-Laura Bush dolphinscholarship.org/
15th-Louie Family Foundation www.louiefamilyfoundation.org/scholarship-application
​15th-Monthly Varsity Tutors College www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship
15th-Nautilus dolphinscholarship.org/scholarships/
15th-Randy Falco-Emmy's Award theemmys.tv/scholarships/#regional
15th-Rotary Youth Education Found. www.rotarysa.org/scholarships/youth-education-foundation/
16th-Horatio Alger https://scholars.horatioalger.org/about-our-scholarship-programs/targeted-scholarships/
18th-Taco Bell Live Mas www.tacobellfoundation.org/live-mas-scholarship/
​19th-SA Chapter The Links Incorp. https://sanantoniolinks.org/2020/12/30/apply-now-for-2021-scholarships/

20th-PGA South Texas Foundation https://www.stpgareach.org/college-scholarships
20th-Spurs Give Angelo Drossos Memorial 20-mar-spurs_give_angelo_dross_memorial.pdf
22nd-A4LE https://www.a4le.org/A4LE/Regions/Southern/South_Texas/Scholarship/Southern/South_Texas/Scholarship.aspx?hkey=113563c0-fde2-4f5a-a2b6-ed4231e5fd75

23th-Center for Refugee Services 23-mar-center_for_refugee_services.docx
24th-Sam Baird Blues Society http://www.sanantonioblues.com/documents/sbsvn5.pdf
25th-Federal Employee Educ. Assist. feea.org/2019/10/03/feea-scholarship-application-2020-open/

26th-Executive Women International https://app.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarship/ewisp
27th-Elk Vocational Grant 27-mar-voc_grant_application_.pdf

​29th-Boule Foundation https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/f5648ea1-342a-4904-8444-584c4903710e
29th-Distinguished Young Bobcat www.stelos.org/distinguished-young-bobcat-award
30th-Odenza Marketing Group bit.ly/2SHNSF4
31st-Automotive Aftermarket www.automotivescholarships.com/

31st-Blacks at Microsoft https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/blacks-scholarships.aspx
31st-Beyond the Cure Ambassador 31-mar-beyond_the_cure_ambassador.pdf
31st-British American Found. of TX https://www.baftx.org/undergraduate-scholarship/
31st-Don't Mess With Texas dontmesswithtexas.org/education-overview/scholarships
31st-Folds of Honor https://www.foldsofhonor.org/scholarships/higher-education/
31st-Foster Care to Success www.fc2success.org/our-programs/information-for-students/
31st-Gamers Helping Gamers bit.ly/2P5mzn9
31st-Just Poetry www.justpoetry.org/submissions
31st-Kezian Science www.drkezian.com/science-scholarship/
31st-Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance www.mesothelioma.com/scholarship/
31st-Mike Rowe's Work Ethic www.mikeroweworks.org/scholarship/
31st-Montem Health & Wellness montemlife.com/scholarship/
31st-Opp U www.opploans.com/oppu/scholarship/
31st-Rey Feo
31st-Superpower www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/superpower-scholarship
31st-Texas Big Game http://www.texasbiggameawards.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/2021%20TBGA%20Scholarship%20Application.pdf
31st-Trekking Pole Review bit.ly/39kszjR
31st-Upsolve Access to Justice upsolve.org/scholarship/

April 1st-Lockheed Martin learnmore.scholarsapply.org/lockheedmartin/

April 5th (priority deadline)-Alamo Colleges Foundation www.alamo.edu/foundation/scholarships/

April 16th-SA Kappa Alpha PSI sakapedfoundation.org/scholarships

April 30th-USPAACC uspaacc.com/programs/education/college-scholarships#!

Use Schoolinks to Fill Out Your Common App Application

If you are applying to schools using the Common App, be sure to link your Common App to SchooLinks! The Common Application is integrated with our districts college platform called Schoolinks. I've included a video tutorial to help you manage your applications and submit your acceptance letters. Please watch the video or follow the directions listed to upload acceptance letters. If you need help doing this, let Ms. Rendon jrendon885@judsonisd.org or Ms. Hodges jhodges@judsonisd.org know.

Directions for submitting your acceptance letter:

1. Log into Schoolinks through your JISD student portal.

2. Select the "Colleges" icon on the left side.

3. Select "College Applications"

4. Select "#2 Application Results"

5. Under the tab "Accepted" add the schools you have been accepted to.

6. Upload a photo of the email or letter stating your acceptance.

6. Confirm the Acceptance

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College Application Manager for Students

Contact Ms. Rendon, College Counselor

Ms. Rendon is a proud graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University. She fosters and trains rescue dogs from various shelters and is currently in a doctoral program at University of North Texas.

Contact Ms. Hodges, Career Counselor

This is Ms. Hodges' fifth year in Judson ISD. She is a Baylor alumna and is currently in a doctoral program at the University of North Texas. Outside of school, Ms. Hodges collects vintage cookbooks, loves to bake, and take her dog, Emmi, to the park.