Connections Weekly Newsletter

September 8, 2023

Junior/Senior/Financial Aid Family Night - Weds. Sept 13

Junior and Senior families, we hope that you will join us next Wednesday, September 13 for our Connections Family Night in the Auditorium from 5:30-7:30pm. Please see the schedule for the evening below:

  • Junior 5:30-6:15: Learn about the Junior year PWR Plan and resources to explore options

  • Financial Aid 6:15-6:40: Guest Speaker: FAFSA, Scholarships, and More (open to all grade levels)

  • Senior 6:45-7:30: Overview of the senior year, TCA2Life aka options after TCA, application process

Class of 2024

FAFSA 2023

As I met with seniors last week, I mentioned that the FAFSA for 2024-25 will not open until December; more information to follow as it becomes available. Although not official via, here is a quick overview of changes to the FAFSA. Some big changes are a reduction of the number of questions from over 100 to under 40 and more transfer of IRS data to the FAFSA. For more information, join us next week for the Financial Aid presentation on Sept. 13, before Senior Family Night.

PSAT/NMSQT Fee Deadline TODAY, Friday, September 8

Today is the deadline to pay for PSAT/NMSQT fees in Infinite Campus (optional fees)…but if you pay by midnight on Sunday, you can still get in

AP Exam Fee Deadline TODAY, Friday, September 8

The AP exam is REQUIRED for all AP courses. The deadline to pay for or request a fee waiver is, today, Sept. 8. Email for fee waiver. The fee for EACH exam is $97, payable in Infinite Campus fees. AP teachers require students to sign up for their class section in My AP. See teacher with any questions.

College Board Login Issues

If you are having issues logging in to College Board to JOIN your AP class, here is a document for troubleshooting.

Community Service

x2VOL, the database used to track Community Service hours has moved out of Naviance and we want to clarify the log-in process. Students will no longer go in through Naviance but will go directly to the Community Service (x2VOL) link found on the TCA Intranet page and under the Family tab on the TCA website if logging in from home. Once at the Log-In screen, students will “Continue with Microsoft” and use their msa email address and password to log in. The attached guide provides instructions on how to log in and create records. If your students have any problems, they may stop by Connections and talk to Mrs. Hoffman.

Save the Date

College Visits, College Fairs, and Career Chats are open to 9th-12th grade students. Sign up in Naviance under "What's New" at least one day in advance of session.

College Rep Visits Next Week at TCA

Tuesday 12, 10:55am – St. John’s College
Thursday 14, 10:30am – Prescott College


To be Rescheduled – Connections Freshmen/Sophomore Family Night

September 13 – Connections Junior/Senior/Financial Aid Family Night - Auditorium

September 18 – Mini-College Fair – Extended Lunch

September 25 – Mini-College Fair – Extended Flex

October 2 - Mini-College Fair - Extended Flex

October 5 – PSAT/NMSQT exam for pre-registered 10th and 11th graders

In the Community

September 18Colorado Springs Christian College Fair, CO Springs Christian Schools, 6:00-8:00

October 2Southern Colorado College Fair, Palmer High School, 5:30-7:30

November 5NACAC College Fair, Denver, CO Convention Ctr., 700 14th St.,1:00-4:00

If you are interested in attending a Service Academy, West Point Admissions Representative, Michael Werner, will be at the following events.

  • Virtual Service Academy/ROTC Congressional Information Day Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 5:30 to 7:45 PM. Contact Michael Werner for more information

  • Colorado Springs District 11 hosted Southern Colorado College fair Monday, Oct. 2 5:30 - 7:30 PM at Coronado High School


Go to College Fairs is offering a series of Specialty virtual fairs this fall. Live fair hours are 12:00pm - 2:00pm and 6:30pm - 9:30pm (ET) each date for the following fairs:

  • Professional Certificates Virtual College Fair - Thursday, September 21, 2023

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Virtual College Fair - Wednesday, October 4, 2023

  • Learning Differences Virtual College Fair - Thursday, October 12, 2023

  • First-Generation Virtual College Fair - Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Learn more here or Register now!

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

  • Sunday, September 10 – 11:00am-4:00pm

  • Sunday, October 15 – 11:00am-4:00pm

  • Sunday, November 12 – 11:00am-4:00pm

The Coalition for College offers a wide variety of resources. These upcoming classes help in the college application and financial aid process.

Scholarships and Other Financial Aid

With Career Advance, through the Colorado Community College System students who enroll in one of the following training programs for in-demand jobs will have their tuition, fees, course materials, and other costs covered while funding is available: Construction, Education, Early Childhood Education, Firefighting, Forestry, Law Enforcement, Nursing. More details to follow once announced.

Interested in behavioral health? The Behavioral Health Incentive Program provides tuition scholarships to rural and low-income Colorado students to obtain a credential in certain behavioral health programs. See the list of current programs at the CDHE website:

The 2024 Boettcher Foundation Scholarship application is now open. Click here for more details.

The Pinnacol Foundation Scholarship is for children of a worker who was injured or killed in a compensable work-related accident in Colorado and who was entitled to benefits under the Colorado Workers’ Compensation Act. Applications may be submitted between Nov. 1 and Feb. 15 each year.

Do you support a student currently in foster care or a student who was previously in foster care that would like to attend college/university but lack the financial resources? Click here for more information.

College News

Regardless of where you are applying, this College Planning Guide from the Johns Hopkins University admissions committee will help you navigate the college search process, craft your strongest application, and make decisions that are right for you and your family.

Common Black College Application allows (for a flat fee of $20), Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students to send applications to the 67 HBCUs that accept the CBCA. BIPOC are anyone who identifies as Black, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Alaskan Native, Desi, Asian, Pacific Islander, Chicanx, Latinx, or multiple races to include one of the previous ethnicities.

The Rochester Institute of Technology has a new Quantum Information Science and Technology minor that allows students to develop expertise about quantum physics and its applications.

Be sure and visit college campuses…even when they are nearby! Click here for Pikes Peak State College visits.

The University of Rochester is hosting its Multicultural Visitation Program November 9-10. Applications are due Oct. 6.

If you are planning to apply to Western Colorado University, this free application code is good all year: gowestern2024


Bennington College’s annual Young Writers Awards competition is now accepting submissions in the areas of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Entries may be submitted online at or mailed in with a submission form. This competition is free to enter. The deadline is November 1.

While our students receive career coaching within days at TCA, they may have family members who would be interested in connecting with a career coach. Click here if you would like more information on the Colorado Career Coaching Collaborative.

Free Introduction to Artificial Intelligence online course for students runs Sept. 17 through April 7. This class is offered virtually with live instruction by researchers at Columbia and NYU, no pre-requisites needed. Click here to register.

Do you enjoy working with the public and protecting Colorado’s landscapes and wildlife? Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hiring Park Rangers (PR) and District Wildlife Managers (DWM). Register here for a Hiring Q&A on Sept. 13 at 6:30 to see what it takes to apply to be a PR or a DWM.

Career Highlight - Game Majors

Do you think you would like a career in the Game industry? Check out these game majors and find out what qualities are the best fit for each.

Game Business & Publishing Major

Qualities Game Art Major.docx

Game Programming Major

Game Sound Design Major

Upcoming SAT Test

The next SAT date is November 4, Register by October 5

Connections Center (Career & College)

Joanna Peters, Director - Juniors, Seniors, PSAT/NMSQT

Katina Dahl, Career and College Advisor - Freshmen, Sophomores

Jodi Hoffman, Office Manager - Rep Visits, Community Service