Connections Weekly Newsletter

January 6, 2023

All Grades

Happy New Year! As we start off 2023, we wanted to highlight the steps that our Connections team recommends for EVERY grade level.

Read our weekly newsletter--sent every Friday to IC emails and student school emails. Take action.
  • SAVE programs of interest to an EXPLORATION Spreadsheet. Specify if it is an option in your later years of high school, along with the link to the program.

  • SAVE potential future scholarships to a SCHOLARSHIP spreadsheet. Include links, deadlines, and amount.

  • Immediately sign up for events and programs of interest WHILE you read the newsletter! Add to calendar!

Sign up for and attend career and college visits during and after school hours. Sign up in Naviance.
  • Consider Copying this iCal link to add the Connections Family calendar to your personal calendar

Create and follow a personal budget Start now to be prepared for later.

Community Service Hours

Need to log your Community Service hours? Check out this x2Vol HOW TO video. More information on the Community Service Graduation Requirements can be found on the TCA website on the Connections page. If you are a senior, your 30 hours and 3 papers need to be entered into x2VOL, and if applicable, Green Cord forms need to be turned in by the end of the 3rd Quarter, March 20. If you have any questions, stop by Connections.


Connections, Room 1104

* Tuesday, 1/10 10:30, BINGO

In the Community

Save the date for Spring RMACAC College Fairs: March 4, 2023, from 9:00-11:30 at Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs and March 5, 2023 from 1:00-3:30 at Cherokee Trail High School in Denver.


Save the Date for Spring 2023 NACAC Virtual College Fairs on February 19, March 19 and April 23. All fairs will feature College MatchMaking which matches students to specific colleges and universities based on the criteria they provided. Register here.

Enrichment Opportunities

The Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) is looking for a few motivated students who are passionate about conserving natural public landscapes in the Southern Rocky Mountain Region through stewardship and education to join its team as Environmental Leadership Interns (ELI) in the upcoming field season. Start Date: RMFI field season begins in early April. They ask that interns commit to the summer season (May-August). Additional opportunities may exist in the shoulder months.

The University College Dublin High School Summer Program applications are now open. The UCD High School Summer Program is a two-week enrichment program designed specifically for North Americans sophomores and juniors who are interested in learning more about Irish history and culture and may be considering the possibility of applying to universities in Ireland for their undergraduate degrees. Priority deadline is February 15.

Denison University is offering a Summer TUTTI performing arts camp, an innovative 8-day performing arts camp tailored to high school students who are passionate about dance, music, and theatre. The immersive residential program will give high schoolers a taste of life at a college focused on providing performing arts training on par with top conservatories alongside a life-shaping liberal arts education.

Columbia University is offering a variety of in-person and virtual Pre-College Programs that can engage an area of interest, broaden horizons and help prepare students for applying to, and entering, college. Deadlines vary: courses frequently fill up before the application deadlines.

Boston University is offering 2023 Summer Term High School Programs, five pre-college programs, each of which provides rigorous and collaborative college life experiences that will enable students to gain a strong sense of their personal and academic potential. Dates and deadlines vary.

Interested in Aerospace and "How GPS changed everything"? At CU Boulder as part of CU on the Weekend, Penina Axelrad, Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, will be offering a lecture on the unprecedented impact of GPS on our daily lives and scientific discovery, on Saturday, April 15, 2023, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Location TBD.

Colorado College is offering Pre-College Block (July 10-26, 2023) which includes an array of academic courses, all taught by CC professors and for college credit.

Scholarships and More

The Grossman Scholarship Program offers two $10,000 scholarships and four $5,000 scholarships to eligible Colorado residents who have demonstrated a commitment to caring for our environment's natural resources and intend to pursue post-secondary education through an accredited environmental, natural resource, climate, or outdoor industry related education program in Colorado. Deadline to apply is March 26.

The Colorado Chapter of the Women's Energy Network has established an annual scholarship for local, female high school students to help them achieve their undergraduate degrees. Applicants must be STEM majors with the intent to pursue a career in energy and attend a 4-year university. Deadline to apply is April 24.

The MVEA’s scholarship program offers $28,000 in Scholarships Available for Traditional and Non-traditional Students to accredited colleges, universities, junior or community colleges, as well as Vocational/Technical Scholarships. Additional scholarships include Power Lineworker Scholarships for students pursuing a career through a lineworker training program, as well as a Power Engineer Scholarship for current college students pursuing a power engineering career. Deadline to apply is January 16.

Career Focus - Machinists

Machinists help create our world. Without them, the bolts, pistons, or other elements that make our machinery run wouldn't be possible. They use a wide variety of tools to achieve their aims -- from a lathe tool post to machinist blocks and CNC machines. Today, much of the work is done with computer-controlled or mechanically controlled machine tools that make up different parts, instruments, and tools out of wood, metal, or plastic. You might find a machinist in a machine shop, factory, or toolroom, depending on what they're working on and what their primary function is. There's always a need for machinists, and so most machinists are guaranteed work after their education is finished. Click here for more information about machinists in the full article by All Industrial.

Connections Center (Career & College)

Joanna Peters, Director - 9th & 10th Grades, PSAT/NMSQT, Scholarships

Skip Zickmund, Assistant Director - 11th & 12th Grades, AP

Jodi Hoffman, Office Manager - Rep Visits, Community Service