Connections Weekly Newsletter

September 15, 2023

Colorado Construction Career Days Field Trip - Weds. 9/28

For students who are interested in the construction or trade fields as a career, summer job, side hustle or just want to try a backhoe, get a hard hat and experience the day out at the Penrose Center, this will be a great opportunity. Connections is sponsoring a field trip to the Southern Colorado Construction Career Days on Wednesday, September 28 from 7:45am-2:30pm. There is no fee and transportation to and from school and lunch are included. Deadline to return registration and permission forms is Tuesday, September 19 before Flex, come to Connections for details.

Class of 2024 and 2025

Thank you to those of you who attended our Family Night on Wednesday. We will publish a Post-Chat with the handouts and links, and the coffee card winners, in next week’s newsletter!

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

Monday 18, 11:00-11:25 – Mini-College Fair: Liberty, Biola, Regent, John Brown, Covenant College, Lipscomb, Dordt, University of Missouri-Columbia, Oklahoma Christian, Northwest Nazarene, US Military Academy, Azusa Pacific
Tuesday 19, 8:40am – University of Puget Sound
Tuesday 19, 9:35am – Wheaton College
Thursday 21, 9:35am – Metro State University
Thursday 21, 10:55am – Colorado State University
Thursday 21, 11:25am – Xavier University


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. More details will be emailed to pre-paid testers next week.

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

October 8 - Colorado College Fall Open House. Sign up soon, as space is limited.

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. Register or 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

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


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, 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

Washington University has expanded its "no-loan" financial aid policy for all undergraduate students effective fall 2024.

Wichita State University has published their Scholarships for the Class of 2024 and their Tuition Discount Programs.

Boston University offers the Trustee Scholarship for students that demonstrate exceptional leadership in their schools and communities. The scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition plus orientation and mandatory undergraduate student fees for four years. Deadline to apply is December 1.

Please let Ms. Peters know if you are applying to Davidson College, and might qualify for their hallmark scholarship award, the John M. Belk Scholarship. Click here for more information.

Williams College has converted their financial aid program into the nation’s first “all-grant” program. All students receiving financial aid will receive 100 percent of their Williams award in the form of grants that do not need to be repaid. They have eliminated loans from all financial aid awards and will no longer require students to hold work-study jobs.

College News

The University of Alabama is listed in Princeton Review’s Top 20 Best Schools for Internships.

If you missed the Hillsdale visit, here is their admission video.

College Application Tips

If you are working on the Common Application, here are some helpful Common Application Tips


The Oklahoma State University College of Arts and Sciences Department of Physics will host a Physics and Astronomy Journal Club for high school students. The club will be meeting every other week on Tuesday at 4 p.m. on Zoom starting Oct. 3. The first session will cover Quantum Teleportation. Join at this link.

Oklahoma State University’s RISE program assists students from all backgrounds, particularly those who are first-generation and low-income in their transition from high school to college. The program provides peer-mentoring, scheduled study sessions, one-on-one tutoring and opportunities to serve in leadership roles in order to provide students with the academic foundation they need to be successful in their undergraduate degree programs.

CyberStart America is a free, immersive cybersecurity training game for high school students with over 200 fun-to-play challenges. Opportunities to win scholarships available. Perfect for beginners.

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