VMHS College & Career Center

Weekly Update Vol. 4


We are so excited about another great school 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.

Upcoming College Events

Texas State ROTC Information Session

Thursday, Nov. 5th, 11:15pm

This is an online event.

Join us on 11/5 to find out information about the Texas State ROTC program and ROTC scholarships that are available to students.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

11:30 AM (Presentation starts - Q & A available until 1:30 PM)


Zoom Link: https://txstate.zoom.us/j/8144301734

Text "Bobcat" to 462769 (GOARMY).







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Meet Your UVH Admissions Rep

Rafael Castorena, B.S., Criminal Justice
Senior Recruitment Coordinator
Phone: (361) 485-4442

My name is Rafael Castorena Jr. & I’m the Senior Recruitment Coordinator for the San Antonio/Laredo/West Texas/El Paso regions based in San Antonio, Texas. I’m from Del Rio, Texas and graduated from Del Rio High School and Sul Ross State University. I’m a former U.S. History teacher & Head Varsity Boys Soccer Coach at Del Rio High School. I’m also a nationally licensed soccer coach through the USSF & NSCAA. I’ve been Academy Director for Club America from Mexico City and Texans West SC. I recently won my first state championship with my current club team.

Why should someone consider attending UHV?

Students should consider attending UHV because of the great academic programs the university has to offer, affordable tuition, small classes, and the opportunity to influence the growth of our university.

What advice would you give an incoming freshman?

My advice for incoming freshmen is to use your time wisely, that determines whether you are going to be successful at UHV or not. Change work habits. Stay bold, stay hungry.

SAT November Session Canceled -2 Centers closed

The following SAT November 7th Testing locations are closed. All students who registered with these locations will receive a refund.


Location: San Antonio, Texas

Test Date: November 7, 2020

Center Code: 44035

Notes: This test center is closed. All registrations will be canceled and refunded.


Location: San Antonio, Texas

Test Date: November 7, 2020

Center Code: 44791

Notes: This test center is closed. All registrations will be canceled and refunded.

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Dual Credit Programs at VMHS for 2020-2021 School Year

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 Dec. 1 (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:

12th 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:

  • Favorite Careers
  • Set/update Goal Career
  • Explore Colleges
  • Favorite Colleges
  • Set/update Goal College
  • Set/update Post-Secondary Goal
  • Have your guardian join SchooLinks: Visit the "Your Guardians" section of your account settings. Share the claim instructions and code with your guardian(s) that they can create an account and link it to yours. You must have at least one guardian successfully link their account to yours to complete this task

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

CTE Pathway Focus: Computer Science

Computer and Information Research Scientists Career Video

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway Highlight: COMPUTER SCIENCE

Maybe you have always liked to solve problems or decipher codes. Perhaps you have a knack for learning new languages, or maybe you were so intrigued with your computer that you ripped off the cover and started to tinker with the inner workings. If so, computer science might be an ideal career choice for you.

Computer science majors need to be able to think analytically in order to devise systems and programs, but must also be sufficiently detail-oriented to troubleshoot problems. They must be able to communicate well with non-technical people to assess their needs and convey technical information in plain language.

Creativity is essential for those computer science majors who hope to come up with the latest app or technology gadget. Given the rapid rate of change within technology, computer science majors need to have a thirst for learning to keep up with the latest developments.

Computer science majors must also be curious about the world around them, since programs and systems apply to every possible area of life and commerce.

Given the pervasiveness of computer technology in today's society, there are many different job options open to the computer science major. The right job for you will depend on your personal skills, values, and interests.

  1. Software Developer
  2. Database Administrator
  3. Computer Hardware Engineer
  4. Computer Systems Analyst
  5. Computer Network Architect
  6. Web Developer
  7. Information Security Analyst
  8. Computer and Information Research Scientists
  9. Computer and Information Systems Managers
  10. IT Project Manager

Need Transcripts? Click the Link Below


Click here to order a transcript

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What is an Early Action application?

Early Decision versus Early Action

Early decision plans are binding — a student who is accepted as an ED applicant must attend the college. Early action plans are nonbinding — students receive an early response to their application but do not have to commit to the college until the normal reply date of May 1. Counselors need to make sure that students understand this key distinction between the two plans.

Approximately 450 colleges have early decision or early action plans, and some have both. Some colleges offer a nonbinding option called single-choice early action, under which applicants may not apply ED or EA to any other college.

ED plans have come under fire as unfair to students from families with low incomes, since they do not have the opportunity to compare financial aid offers. This may give an unfair advantage to applicants from families who have more financial resources.

EA applicants

  • Apply early.
  • Receive an admission decision early in the admission cycle (usually in January or February).
  • Consider acceptance offer; do not have to commit upon receipt.
  • Apply to other colleges under regular admission plans.
  • Give the college a decision no later than the May 1 national response date.
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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

Scholarship Opportunities

Whataburger Foundation Scholarship-Opens November 4th

The San Antonio Area Foundation will be open again on November 4th for the Whataburger Foundation Scholarship. Please check back on that date to create an account.


Trade Opportunities

COX Manufacturing Apprenticeship Programs

At Cox Manufacturing we strive to live up to our Vision Statement. We feel that part of "being a positive influence for Christ" is doing our part to help educate and pass along the knowledge we have learned to the next generation of manufacturers. With our Apprenticeship Program certified by the US Department of Labor we have the skills and know how to achieve maximum results.

The Apprentice Program is for individuals seeking a career as a professional machine technician. Starting pay is $14.00 per hour. Requirements for the Apprentice Program are the following: Have a High School Diploma or GED, have a stable work history, take a personal inventory survey, pass a math test, background check, and drug test. Applicants must be mechanically inclined and capable of working independently. Journeyman status is achieved once the program is complete and is similar to obtaining a college degree. After that, a person can achieve Master Machine Technician.

For more information CLICK HERE and see the Course List below.

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Junior Classroom Presentation

ASVAB Testing

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 9am

7618 Evans Road

San Antonio, TX

ASVAB Testing Dates for 2020-2021:

October 22

November 19

January 21

February 25

April 22

CLICK HERE to Register

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.