College Advising

College & Career Events in the Area

U.S. Service Academy Information Night
Tuesday, September 11th, 6:00 pm
Vestavia Hills City Hall, 1032 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia, AL

Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, and the Coast Guard Academy will be present to answer student and parent questions.  Students in grades 9 & 10 especially are encouraged to attend because the academy appointment process is so competitive and specialized.

National College Fair
Sunday, Sept. 17th at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center
1:00-4:00 pm
Free. Registering ahead of time strongly encouraged, then print & bring your barcode with you to make it faster and easier to share your info with colleges in which you are interested. https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/national-college-fairs/birmingham-national-college-fair/
Open to all students and parents

The Culinary Explorers program for high school students interested in a career in the culinary arts or the hospitality industry meets once a month and provides prizes and full-tuition scholarships for the top participants. The first meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 18h at 4:30 pm at Jefferson State Community College’s Valleydale location or Wednesday, Sept. 19th in the Fitzgerald Student Center, room 100E. This campus is located at 2601 Carson Road, 35215.. You must contact your Specialty Chair and Mr. Flynn to discuss possible early release to participate. http://www.jeffersonstate.edu/culinary-explorers/  

Performing & Visual Arts College Fair
Atlanta, GA  - Oct. 29th
7-9 pm Eastern Time (1 hour ahead of Birmingham).  www.nacacfairs.org/attend/pva/atlanta-performing-and-visual-arts-college-fair/

Free. Registering ahead of time strongly encouraged, then print & bring your barcode with you to make it faster and easier to share your info with colleges in which you are interested. https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/pva/atlanta-performing-and-visual-arts-college-fair/
* Students must contact Mr. Flynn to arrange an excused absence to attend and/or come to school a little late the next day.

College Information Session: Hosted by Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, and Washington University in St. Louis

Thursday, September 27th
7:00-9:00 pm
Sheraton Forum Theatre
Learn about academic programs, student life, admission, and financial aid & scholarships for each institution.  There will be time for questions and to meet representatives from each institution. 
Open to all prospective students and their families.
RSVP by clicking here.

College Information Session: Hosted by Yale, Pomona, MIT, CalTech
October 10th
7:00 pm
Levite Jewish Community Center

Ongoing & Older Events 

The following events are from last year, so deadlines for this year may change. Consult website for details.

Cahaba Valley HealthcareProvides healthcare screenings to low-income populations, mainly dental and vision, mainly on Sunday afternoons. They especially welcome people who can help with Spanish translation. Volunteer information available at http://www.cahabavalleyhealthcare.org/smiles_club/. 

Jeremiah's Hope Academy is a job skills training program that exists to equip persons for entry-level healthcare positions.  Training received qualifies individuals to sit for national certification examinations, and upon successful completion, will allow them to apply for healthcare positions that offer greater earning potential.  Initial employment often serves as a springboard for pursuing further education and training for a career beyond the entry-level, thereby providing opportunity for greater economic self-sufficiency.  JHA is housed with St. Vincent's Hospital in Birmingham.  Academic programs include: billing and coding specialist, electronic health records specialist, medical administrative assistant, patient care assistant, and mental health technician.  Academic programs are open for students who have earned a high school diploma and take approximately 12 weeks to complete. For more information, visit www.jhacademy.org