Connections Weekly Newsletter

January 13, 2023

Community Service Hours

Need to log your Community Service hours? Check out this x2Vol HOW TO video. More information on the Community Service Graduation Requirements can be found on the TCA website on the Connections page. If you are a senior, your 30 hours and 3 papers need to be entered into x2VOL, and if applicable, Green Cord forms need to be turned in by the end of the 3rd Quarter, March 20. If you have any questions, stop by Connections.



* Tuesday, 1/17 10:30, BINGO, Room 1104

STEAM Takes the Spotlight Virtual Field Trip on Thursday, February 16 from 11:00-11:30 am Students are introduced to a variety of key STEAM professionals working behind the scenes at the CMA Awards in Nashville, TN. Watch announcements for location.

In the Community

Save the date for Spring RMACAC College Fairs: March 4, 2023, from 9:00-11:30 at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs and March 5, 2023 from 1:00-3:30 at Cherokee Trail High School in Denver.


Save the Date for Spring 2023 NACAC Virtual College Fairs on February 19, March 19 and April 23. All fairs will feature College MatchMaking which matches students to specific colleges and universities based on the criteria they provided. Register here.

Mark your calendar for the upcoming PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES VIRTUAL FAIR on Thursday, February 2, 2023, from 10 am – 12 pm and 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm. This event is free, and registration will open January 18.

Enrichment Opportunities

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of AFCEA will be hosting the Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium 2023 on February 20-23 at the Broadmoor Hotel from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Hands-on sessions are open. Students can attend for free.

PPBEA and Colorado AIGA will be hosting a 2023 Arts & Design Career Event on Saturday, March 18th from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm at Rampart High School. Register Now for this free event!

The Pikes Peak Regional Science and Engineering Fair is a judged competition open to any secondary student (grade 6-12) from Elbert, El Paso, Park, and Teller Counties with individual or team projects in science, engineering, math, and computer science. It will be held at UCCS on February 25, 2023, and is an all-day event. The fee for participants is $15 and registration closes on 1/20/23.

Pikes Peak Library District is offering Food Industry Training, a five-week training program that gives you the entry-level skills you need to find or advance in employment as a qualified prep cook or line cook. The program will help you learn basic culinary fundamentals, practice professionalism, explore career opportunities in the culinary industry, and earn your ServSafe Food Handler certification. Visit their website for more information.

Invest in Girls is an organization focused on ushering in the first generation of financially literate girls and increasing the number of women working in finance. They are offering a free virtual workshop for high school girls to learn about personal finance. The winter term starts January 23rd, the deadline to register is January 12. Register here.

The Catamount Institute always needs volunteers who share their interest in caring for the environment. Check out their website if you are interested in volunteering.

Students can explore different career paths and majors, live on a university campus, and challenge themselves with the University of Rochester’s Pre-College Programs. Pre-College Programs not only give students a taste of the college experience, but also introduce them to unique perspectives, cultures, and ways of thinking about the world.

Colorado State University is hosting campus visits where you can learn about specific majors including Dance, Engineering, Engineering, and Global Business. More information and dates for specific programs here.

Carnegie Mellon's Pre-College Programs offer world-class instruction on a beautiful university campus. The programs can help students prepare for the college experience while exploring their educational and career options. Programs vary in length and all offer scholarships. Programs begin in July 2023.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES VIRTUAL FAIR on Thursday, February 2, 2023, from 10 am – 12 pm and 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Certificates are often much more affordable than four-year degrees, take less time, and provide specific skill sets needed for existing jobs and get you to employment faster. The virtual college fair booths are loaded with resources, educational sessions, and live representatives. This event is free, and registration will open on January 18.

The Girls Lead the Way Conference registration is now open and will be held on Saturday, February 4 from 8:00 am –4:30 pm at the Colorado School of Mines. Girls Lead the Way - STEM & Leadership Conference for High School Girls is designed for young women in grades 9-12 interested in being a leader in STEM. Participants will engage in a day-long, interactive, lab and classroom-based conference hosted by the Society of Women Engineers - Mines Collegiate Section. Register ASAP, spaces fill quickly.

This summer, Wentworth Institute of Technology will be hosting ImpactLab, an innovative two-week residential summer experience for rising juniors and seniors to explore their passions in science, engineering, and design.

STEAM Takes the Spotlight Virtual Field Trip on Thursday, February 16 from 11:00-11:30 am is a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the exciting innerworkings of Country Music’s Biggest Night, as students are introduced to a variety of key STEAM professionals working behind-the-scenes at the CMA Awards in Nashville, TN. We will host this event in Connections.

Sign up for free with CyberStart America to join Forensics Week. Become a digital detective by playing Forensics base from January 16-20 to learn digital forensics techniques with other CyberStart America students.

The Princeton Review is offering free instruction during their Study Skills Week from January 17th to 19th. Their expert instructors will help students learn about writing essays, studying for tests, and getting the grades that help in college admissions. Click here for more information and to register.

Scholarships and More

Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship Program awards $10,000 to 200 recipients studying engineering or computer science at a 4-year college or university. Recipients may renew the scholarship up to three times for a total potential value of $40,000 per student. Deadline to apply is March 31.

Lockheed Martin’s Vocational Scholarship Program will award up to $5,000 to as many as 150 students of all ages participating in skills-based training in engineering, technology, and advanced manufacturing fields. Deadline to apply is March 31.

The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Academic excellence is the primary criterion considered; secondary criteria include an interest in public policy and an appreciation of the values President Coolidge championed. Deadline to apply is February 23.

Career Focus - Green Careers/Makers

Green Careers There are many options for a career in STEM and the environment. The challenges of dealing with climate change and the environment can be your challenge too! Explore the many career paths waiting for you and make a difference in the world today.

Makers Are you a Maker? Makers leverage their strengths to make the world a better place. Makers have the unique ability to turn dreams into reality and turn concepts into a finished product. People bring ideas to Makers because they can execute a vision and a dream. Makers often collaborate, but find joy in owning a project from start to finish. They are practical thinkers who like to find the most simple, sensible answer without overcomplicating. Makers are efficient and take pride in their craft by taking the time to get things right the first time. Makers often specialize and become masters in one trade. Because of their technical and problem-solving skills, they are versatile, fast learners.

Connections Center (Career & College)

Joanna Peters, Director - 9th & 10th Grades, PSAT/NMSQT, Scholarships

Skip Zickmund, Assistant Director - 11th & 12th Grades, AP

Jodi Hoffman, Office Manager - Rep Visits, Community Service