VMHS College & Career Center

Weekly Update Vol. 3


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.

PSAT Testing for 10th Grade

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 8:30am

7618 Evans Road

San Antonio, TX

On October 29, 2020 (Thursday), all sophomores who have signed up, will be taking PSAT. The next opportunity to take PSAT will be in the fall of their junior year.

To prepare for this test and the next PSAT opportunity, students can use the College Board official test prep found HERE.

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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 Oct. 30 (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:

11th 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:

  • Set/update Goal Career
  • Complete the "Find Your Path" Assessment
  • Set/Update Post-Secondary Goal
  • Favorite Careers
  • Explore Colleges
  • Favorite Colleges
  • Create SMART Goals

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: Cyber Security

An Introduction to Cybersecurity Careers

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway Highlight: CYBER SECURITY

The term “cyber security” makes you think of an action movie where a team of tech-savvy pros embark on a mission to save the day from behind their computer screens. The real work of cyber security pros might not be quite that exciting, but it is still an incredibly important job in the digital age.

So what’s the real cyber security job description? “Cyber security professionals ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all data across the organization,” says Greg Scott, cyber security professional and author.

There’s more to working in cyber security than meets the eye. We’re diving deep into the cyber security job description so you can determine whether you might have a future in this essential tech career.

The importance of cyber security

Cyber security is all about protecting data—but why is data such a big deal? “Every organization needs data to operate,” Scott says. Data is the foundation of business in the digital age. It includes everything from important financial information to personal medical histories to the type of cat food customers buy.

“Security is as strong as the weakest link,” says Jamie Cambell, cyber security expert and founder of consumer digital privacy website GoBestVPN. “If a billion-dollar company didn’t have proper security measures, it simply could not operate. There are too many hacking attacks.”

Cyber security professionals are the technology experts who keep hackers at bay, ideally by preventing attacks from happening in the first place. “The primary role of a cybersecurity professional is more proactive than reactive,” Cambell says. Data is growing more important as organizations across industries rely on cyber security experts to keep their data safe and secure.

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Meet Your UIW Admissions Rep

University of the Incarnate Word

Dillon Duke

Freshman Admissions Counselor
Phone: (210) 805-3558
Email: dhduke@uiwtx.edu

Dillon is native to San Antonio, Texas and is a class of 2016 graduate from Louis D. Brandeis High School. He graduated from the University of Houston in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communications and a minor in Human Resource Management. He works in the Office of Admissions at UIW and is currently pursing his Master's in Communication Arts.

Upcoming College Events

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

Coca-Cola Foundation Award

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Award Deadline: October 31, 2020, 5 pm Eastern Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 to high school students across the United States through the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Students need a 3.0 GPA and to fill out an online application that requires no essays, no recommendations, and no transcripts by October 31, 2020, at 5 p.m. Eastern.

Dayton University Arts Scholarships

Dayton University

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Amount:$10,000 over 4 years

Your students are invited to apply for an Arts scholarship at the University of Dayton. These scholarships are competitive and worth up to $10,000 over four years. Incoming first-year, full-time students who enroll in a four-year program in Art and Design, Music or Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology are eligible to apply.

The deadline to apply for an Arts scholarship is Sunday, November 1, 2020. We invite you to share this information with the creative and performing arts faculty at your school.

Art and Design Scholarship

https://udayton.edu/artssciences/academics/artanddesign/scholarship.php?utm_campaign=admsc2004&utm_source=tx&utm_medium=email&utm_content=arts%20target= (Links to an external site.)

Theatre, Dance, and Performance Scholarship

https://udayton.edu/artssciences/academics/theatre/scholarships.php?utm_campaign=admsc2004&utm_source=tx&utm_medium=email&utm_content=arts (Links to an external site.)

Music Scholarship


Trade Opportunities

HVAC&R, Pipefitting, and Plumbing Apprenticeship Programs Through UA Local 142

Apprentices work at their chosen trade during the day and get paid while doing it. Working and learning alongside Journeymen performing Plumbing, Pipefitting or HVAC&R related tasks.

Apprentices can be male or female but must be at least 18 years of age.

Apprentices attend school in the fields of HVAC&R, Pipefitting, and Plumbing during the evening, two nights a week from September to May.


Applications typically are accepted during a short window from the end of February thru the beginning of March.

Applications will be accepted: Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 AM - 11:30 AM and 1 PM - 4 PM, only.

You must apply in person at 3630 Belgium Lane San Antonio Texas 78219.

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.