VMHS College & Career Center

Weekly Update Vol. 2


We are so excited about another great school year. This is our second weekly update of the year. Be on the lookout for future updates from the VMHS College & Career Center. It is our mission to serve you and your student to the best of our abilities. Please scroll all the way down to see all that the College & Career Centers have to offer.

ASVAB Testing

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 9am

7618 Evans Road

San Antonio, TX

This will be the first round of ASVAB testing for the year.

ASVAB Testing

The ASVAB is a timed multi-aptitude test, which is given at over 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide and is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. However, the ASVAB is not just a test for the military. It is also a career interest inventory for students in 10th-12th grade.

How Important is the ASVAB Test?
The scores are in four critical areas -- Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge (see below) -- count towards the Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score determines whether a person is qualified to enlist in the U.S. military.

Scores in the other areas of the ASVAB will determine how qualified a person is for certain military occupational specialties and Enlistment Bonuses. A high score will improve chances of getting the specialty/job and signing bonus.

Scoring high on the ASVAB will require study and concentration.

ASVAB Testing Dates for 2020-2021:

October 22

November 19

January 21

February 25

April 22

10th Grade October 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:

  • Explore Colleges
  • Favorite Colleges
  • Create SMART Goals
  • Set/update Goal College
  • Set/update Secondary Goal
  • Favorite Careers
  • Complete the "Find Your Path" Assessment
  • Complete the "Would You Rather Assessment
  • Have at least one guardian join SchooLinks
  • Do the "Career Exploration" Learning Unit

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

PSAT Testing for 10th Grade

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 8:30am

7618 Evans Road

San Antonio, TX

On October 29, 2020 (Thursday), all sophomores who have signed up, will be taking PSAT. The next opportunity to take PSAT will be in the fall of their junior year.

To prepare for this test and the next PSAT opportunity, students can use the College Board official test prep found HERE.

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Dual Credit Programs at VMHS

This is the time of year that we begin the dual credit process for the next school year 2021-2022. Students are ONLY ELIGIBLE IF they complete ALL steps of the dual credit process and have the scores that they need on TSI (Texas Success Initiative). These are the steps to take to participate in one of the 3 different dual credit programs:

1. Complete, sign, and return the Parent Consent Form - Due Oct. 30 (See the attachment below) - return by email to jrendon885@judsonisd.org or jhodges@judsonisd.org or in person to the VMHS front office

2. Take TSI (must have passing scores)

Math - 350 or better

Reading - 351 or better

Writing - 340 with a 4 on the essay or

less than a 340 with a 4 diagnostic and a 5 or better on the essay

3. Complete the ApplyTexas application for dual credit
(must be done with the College or Career Counselor)

4. AlamoEnroll modules (with the College or Career Counselor)

5. Essay "Why do you want to participate in an Alamo Academy" **ONLY for the Alamo Academies**

For more information about the three different types of dual credit available, see the information below:

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway Highlight: Cosmetology

Cosmetologists provide personal care services that include caring for people's hair, skin, and nails. Beauty professionals employed in the cosmetology industry include hair stylists, barbers, and estheticians, also called skin care specialists.

To complete the hours needs for a certification in this pathway, students must begin taking classes their freshman year.

Some of the Courses Available in This Pathway at VMHS:

Principles of Cosmetology Design and Color Theory is the first course in the pathway. Students will attain academic skills and knowledge as well as technical knowledge and skills related to cosmetology design and color theory. Students will develop knowledge and skills regarding various cosmetology design elements such as form, lines, texture, structure and illusion or depth as they relate to the art of cosmetology. Students will be registered with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Beauty Schools and will begin their journey of education needed to obtain Cosmetology licensure.

Introduction to Cosmetology is second year course where theory and hands on activities will be practiced in hair care, skin care, and nail care. Cosmetology Sciences associated with bacteriology, sanitation and public safety are practiced according to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) requirements. In this course, students begin the transition from manikin work to servicing clients in a salon setting using professional business practices.
Hair Stylist - Career Video

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is Open! Apply Now

Thursday, Oct. 1st, 12am

This is an online event.

FAFSA opens October 1. Get started on an application now.

Create Your FSA ID Here

Click Here To Start FAFSA

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Meet Your ACU Admissions Rep

My name is Sean Anderson and I am the Admissions Counselor for Abilene Christian University. I graduated from ACU in 2012 and currently pursuing my Master's, so I am as biased as it gets. I currently live in San Antonio with my beautiful wife and two daughters, so I am always available to answer any questions you may have.

Office: 325-674-6916
Email: seana@acu.edu
Cell: 325-238-9628 (Text anytime!)

Schedule and appointment HERE

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Click here to order a transcript

Upcoming College Events

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NACAC College Fairs

Sunday, Oct. 18th, 11am

This is an online event.

Sign up now at virtualcollegefairs.org and start exploring.

Click below to see which colleges will be there on each fair date:

Oct. 18: 12-8 p.m. ET
Nov. 8: 2-10 p.m. ET

Here's a short video overview and a quick start guide on how to make the most of your fair experience.

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Trinity University Chats

Thursday, Oct. 22nd, 4:30pm

This is an online event.

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm (1h)

If you or any of your students/families are interested in learning more about Trinity's offerings, hearing from one of our current San Antonio students and asking questions in live time, we invite them to join us . October is our robust interview month and we will be offering a number of virtual opportunities for students to meet one on one with an Admissions Counselor.

CLICK HERE to register

Scholarship Opportunities

Coca-Cola Foundation Award

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Award Deadline: October 31, 2020, 5 pm Eastern Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 to high school students across the United States through the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Students need a 3.0 GPA and to fill out an online application that requires no essays, no recommendations, and no transcripts by October 31, 2020, at 5 p.m. Eastern.

Dayton University Arts Scholarships

Dayton University

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Amount:$10,000 over 4 years

Your students are invited to apply for an Arts scholarship at the University of Dayton. These scholarships are competitive and worth up to $10,000 over four years. Incoming first-year, full-time students who enroll in a four-year program in Art and Design, Music or Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology are eligible to apply.

The deadline to apply for an Arts scholarship is Sunday, November 1, 2020. We invite you to share this information with the creative and performing arts faculty at your school.

Art and Design Scholarship

https://udayton.edu/artssciences/academics/artanddesign/scholarship.php?utm_campaign=admsc2004&utm_source=tx&utm_medium=email&utm_content=arts%20target= (Links to an external site.)

Theatre, Dance, and Performance Scholarship

https://udayton.edu/artssciences/academics/theatre/scholarships.php?utm_campaign=admsc2004&utm_source=tx&utm_medium=email&utm_content=arts (Links to an external site.)

Music Scholarship


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.