Tips for High School Seniors

Courtesy of PWCS College and Career Counselors

This guide is intended to help PWCS high school seniors during school closures for COVID-19. Please contact your school's college and career counselor for further assistance.

Still Applying to Colleges and Universities?

Due to COVID-19, some colleges have extended their deadlines. Check each college website for the latest information.


To Request Official Transcripts to be Sent to Colleges:

You may still go through Naviance Student. All counselors are checking Naviance frequently and will process your request as soon as possible. Please email your school counselor once you have placed the request in Naviance.


*Please see PWCS FERPA Information Disclosure Consent form linked below this section.


To Request your ACT Scores:
Click here for information.


To Send your SAT Scores from College Board:

Check this out this page.

Still need to take the SAT?

College Board SAT Coronavirus Updates


Information on AP Exams:

Stay tuned on the College Board AP webpage.


Need assistance with the FAFSA?

Contact Tomika Brown, Director of The College Place, Alexandria. She has some workshops available, but can also meet with families virtually to assist with the FAFSA.

Cell - 434-242-9053

SMS - 703-215-1010 (students only)

Book an appointment online: https://calendly.com/tcpalexandria

Also, check out these ECMC financial resources for students.

Considering Northern Virginia Community College?

Getting Started at NOVA

  • APPLY: If you are interested in enrolling at NOVA, please complete the application online at www.nvcc.edu/apply
  • FINANCIAL AID: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) if you are eligible for federal student assistance. NOVA’s school code (003727) when completing the FAFSA. Visit NOVA’s Financial Aid web site for additional information:https://www.nvcc.edu/financialaid/
  • PLACEMENT TESTING: In order to place into the best-fit-class, especially during first term at NOVA, we have to determine math and English proficiency. NOVA offers a Math and English placement assessment, which is FREE of cost, to determine new student placement. Due to our efforts to maintain social distancing, NOVA is currently NOT able to offer placement testing. However, for students who have already been placed, whether through testing or Multiple Measures, their placement will stand and not be affected by any future policy changes.


Below is information on various methods for proper English and Math placement review in place of testing. These measures include: copy of high school unofficial transcript, OR unofficial SAT, ACT, GED, or internet-based TOEFL scores – depending on if you have the appropriate score/cumulative GPA. If you would like to determine if this is possible for you, please email the following documents:


  • Email a scanned copy of your unofficial score report/transcript to jhanly@nvcc.edu at the Manassas Campus, or ktodd@nvcc.edu at the Woodbridge Campus.
  • Include your NOVA EMPLID number.
  • Include the academic area you will be pursing at NOVA (ex.: business, education, nursing, etc.).
  • If you are not able to access your unofficial score/transcript – please share this information in order to receive next step instruction.


Exploring Academic Majors & Career Options:

If you are unsure of your major – please complete Career Self-Assessments on the VA Wizard Website to get a better idea what careers/majors are the best fit for you. Take a look at the majors that we offer, and find the programs that is the best fit for you, https://www.vawizard.org/wizard/home. Also, log into Naviance Student to review/complete the “Do What You Are” personality assessment career results. Log in by clicking “log in through Clever” to use your PWCS computer log in credentials.


Contact an Advisor:

Planning and advising are critical to your success. After you complete the application, contact an advisory to assist you with setting goals, academic planning and selecting courses. Virtual advising is available online.


Please email jhanly@nvcc.edu at the Manassas Campus or ktodd@nvcc.edu at the Woodbridge Campus if you have further questions about placement testing OR multiple measures.


Students can reach out to Jocelyn Hanly, Manassas Campus High School Outreach Specialist, or Karen Todd, Woodbridge Campus High School Outreach Specialist, via email to address inquires as well. Please do not hesitate to reach out with additional questions or concerns.


Here is a listing of remote student support services to assist with application, financial aid, and advising questions.

Northern Virginia Community College FAFSA Week

FAFSA Week May 11-15, 2020


NOVA will be hosting multiple financial aid and financial literacy webinars for "FAFSA Week" from May 11-15, 2020.


Current and prospective students, along with their parents, are invited to participate in these online sessions to learn more about financial aid and other resources at NOVA.


Click on the session titles listed below to register in advance for one or more of these zoom webinars. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


FAFSA WEEK Schedule


Monday, May 11


10:00 a.m.

Financial Aid Essentials – For New Students


12:00 noon

Financial Aid Essentials – For Current Students


4:00 p.m.

Financial Aid Essentials – For Parents


7:00 p.m.

Financial Literacy 101


Tuesday, May 12


10:00 a.m.

Satisfactory Academic Progress


12:00 noon

Financial Aid Essentials – For New Students


4:00 p.m.

Financial Aid Essentials – For Current Students


7:00 p.m.

Financial Aid Essentials – For Parents


Wednesday, May 13


10:00 a.m.

Financial Aid Essentials – For Parents


12:00 noon

Financial Literacy 101


4:00 p.m.

Financial Aid Essentials – For New Students


7:00 p.m.

Financial Aid Essentials – For Current Students


Thursday, May 14


10:00 a.m.

Financial Aid Essentials – For Current Students


12:00 noon

Financial Aid Essentials – For Parents


4:00 p.m.

Financial Aid Essentials – For New Students


7:00 p.m.

Satisfactory Academic Progress


Friday, May 15


10:00 a.m.

Financial Aid Essentials – For New Students


12:00 noon

Financial Aid Essentials – For Current Students


4:00 p.m.

Financial Aid Essentials – For Parents


For more information about financial aid at NOVA, please visit our website, www.nvcc.edu/financialaid or contact NOVA's 24-Hour Student Support Center at 1-855-323-3199. It’s still not too late to file the FAFSA for 2020-2021.

Accepted Into a 4-Year College?

Now Is the Time to Apply for Scholarships. Here’s Where You Can Find Them:


Congratulations on Being Accepted to Multiple Colleges. Here Are Some Tips on What to Do Next:

  • Review your award letters with your family.
  • Take the long-term approach in your decision-making process; consider what the cost of each college might mean for student debt, family debt, parent retirement plans, etc.
  • Reminder - Make sure to accept your financial aid awards, should you choose to do so.


Still Need to Know Which Colleges Changed their Deposit Deadline? Start Here:

  • NACAC Online Tool (information on changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more)


How to Accept or Decline a College Offer

Either log into your guest college account at that institution or email the admissions office. This will help colleges to keep track of their attendance roster. To accept this typically includes a deposit.

Going to Work or Technical School after High School?

Interview Tips

After you've built your resume, written a great cover letter and scheduled the interview, it's time to meet the interviewer and get the position you've applied for. This guide can help you prepare for your important interview day.


Resume Writing

Creating your resume is the first step to getting a job. Learn exactly what goes into this important document and start your career search off on the right foot by creating your own resume. Click here for more information.


Employers, Contact Information, and Career Clusters

If you are interested in learning more about the following companies, please click on the company name to visit its webpage. If, after that, you are very interested in pursuing a career with the company, you may want to reach out to the listed contact person for more information.


Animated Child - Alejandra Hall - Education & Training

Associated Builders and Contractors - Virginia Chapter - Amber Stricker - Architecture & Construction

Branch Civil - Manisha Hall - Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

C J. Coakley Co., Inc. - Michael Coakley - Architecture & Construction

Color-Ad, Inc. - Julie Velke - Manufacturing

Competitive Edge Athletic Performance Center - Shanel Evans - Business Management & Administration

E.E. Reed Construction - East Coast - Doug Peterson - Architecture & Construction

Ennis Electric Company, Inc. - Kim Ennis Hudson - Architecture & Construction

EventDone LLC - Fahima Kadiri Beg - Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

FAM Construction, LLC - Dave Cranfield - Architecture & Construction

Finley Asphalt & Concrete - Nicole McKeever - Architecture & Construction

FRANCIS O. DAY CO., INC - ROBERT RIDER - Architecture & Construction

Helix Electric - Donte Lee - Architecture & Construction

High Sierra Pools - HR Team - Hospitality & Tourism

Holder Construction Company - Corey Pitts - Architecture & Construction

Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee - Roy Reeves - Architecture & Construction

LIFE SAFETY SOLUTIONS INTEGRATORS - JANICE BAUMANN - Architecture & Construction

Lockheed Martin - Melissa Boyle - Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Micron - Zuzana Steen - Manufacturing

PR at Partners - Nick Landay - Human Services

Premier Aquatics - Yana Kolevay - Hospitality & Tourism

Primary Ventures, Inc. - Katie LeBlanc - Architecture & Construction

Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue - Richard Pennock - Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Prince William County Government - Jenna Goodman - Government & Public Administration

Prince William County Office of Public Safety Communications Center - Keona Palmer - Government & Public Administration

Prince William County Police Department - Johnny Sumner - Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

Rock Hard Excavating, Inc. - Marie Shepard - Architecture & Construction

Shirley Contracting Company, LLC - Sierra Schue - Architecture & Construction

Southland Concrete - Shannon Stevens - Architecture & Construction

Sunset Pool Management - Irina Lupu - Hospitality & Tourism

SUPERIOR PAVING CORP - MARTHA PAULEY - Architecture & Construction

Terra Site Constructors - Debbie Sellars - Architecture & Construction

The Anderson Company, LLC - Patrick Doering - Architecture & Construction

The Fauquier Bank - Katie Wilcox - Finance

Titan Pool Service - Kelly Phillips - Hospitality & Tourism

Virginia Department of Transportation - Jill C. Guice - Government & Public Administration

Wagman Heavy Civil, Inc. - Ashley Althouse - Architecture & Construction

William A Hazel - Danny Funderburk - Architecture & Construction

Wm Mason II Violin Shop - Bill Mason - Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

Additional Resources

Additional resources can be found in the College and Career Planning section of the PWCS Student Services webpage. There are additional financial aid, scholarship, and military resources and information located here.