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College & Career

The School of Professional & Continuing Studies offers classes and programs related to preparing high school students for college and career choices, including SAT and ACT test preparation.

Our classes and programs also address preparing yourself for a new career, whether you are graduating from high school, college or graduate school, or you are preparing for an updated career in a new field.

S.T.E.P.S. to Success with The College Edge

Our S.T.E.P.S. (Strategies & Techniques for Enhancing Performance & Skills) to Success program introduces important skills, techniques and strategies to maximize success on test day, and provides advice for entry-level college and career planning. Also includes The College Edge, a college-application preparation program for rising high school seniors.

Upcoming Courses


In today's era of high stakes testing, memorizing for tests has become the norm. This class will guide students in developing lifelong skills that will serve them through high school, college and beyond. Learn how to begin to think critically, process information far more effectively in class, take effective notes, manage papers and projects effectively and efficiently, and develop other key skills.

Every day, starting on 09/22/19 and ending on 09/22/19, INTC, Room 230
What do you want to do when you finish high school? Identifying a career path is the first step in deciding what occupations and college majors might be right for you. Learn how your interests fit into career families, and then identify what possible occupations are related. This interactive workshop includes an online assessment to be completed prior to the workshop date, and the results will be handed out and interpreted during the workshop.

Class meets one afternoon, October 17, 2019.
Choosing the right college can feel overwhelming when deciding between options and trying to understand the requirements needed to get in. However, it actually can be a fun and exciting experience if you have the tools and knowledge needed to help you make a decision. Join us in this interactive workshop where you will learn how to identify colleges that offer majors that align with your career interests.

Class meets one afternoon November 3, 2019.
This program for rising high school seniors helps college-bound students develop a plan to prepare their college applications. As many students struggle to begin collecting the components that make up the application packet, we'll get them started with their college applications and essays. Students will prepare an activity list, which can be turned into a résumé if they wish. In addition, they will organize all of their materials and information in an individualized reference binder.

Every week on Sunday, starting on 09/15/19 and ending on 09/22/19, INTC, Room 229
Guest service is the heart and soul of hospitality, and every hospitality employee, no matter his/her job, needs to have a foundation in guest service. Statistics show exceptional guest service by employees is rewarded with increased guest spending, positive word-of-mouth advertising, and repeat guest business. This course introduces seven key elements required to deliver the highest levels of service: invest in the success of your professional career with Guest Service Gold® Hospitality Training!

Every week on Sunday, starting on 11/03/19 and ending on 11/10/19
Join us for an objective look into the details of the College Savings Plans available to Virginia residents. Planning for children or grandchildren to go to college has become a daunting task as tuitions increase at a mind-boggling rate and there are numerous options available to save for education funding. We have designed a workshop to help you make an educated decision on which plan to utilize in your quest to help your loved one afford his or her education.

Every day, starting on 09/29/19 and ending on 09/29/19
This course is designed to educate individuals in the science of nutrition and its role in health and weight management and to provide the necessary tools to build a solid foundation for sound nutrition practice.

Every day, starting on 11/09/19 and ending on 11/10/19
Start an exciting fitness career and become a Certified Personal Trainer. Our personal trainer course combines in-class learning with practical labs to prepare you for a career in fitness. Also includes the option to complete an employer internship that can walk you into jobs!

Every week on Sunday, starting on 10/06/19 and ending on 11/17/19 (excluding 11/10/19)
Our uniquely designed PSAT Prep course presents important techniques and tips for taking the test. We will cover what to expect in the Math and English sections, while practicing questions and reviewing the answer explanations. This is a great way to decrease text anxiety and gain valuable skills in a 'no pressure' class! Course is designed for students taking the test in October, who have not taken the PSAT before.

Every week on Sunday, starting on 10/06/19 and ending on 10/13/19
Weekend Workshops resume this fall, meeting on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons. Tuition includes books, materials, healthy snacks/fruit/refreshments daily. Class sessions concentrate on the three major testing areas: Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing, with an introduction to the Essay. (Course designed for students 15 and older. Current or previous Algebra II is recommended.)

This course meets September 28 and 29: Sat 9am-1:30pm, Sun 1-5:30pm, BUS, Room 115
This course meets October 26 and 27: Sat 9am-1:30pm, Sun 1-5:30pm
This course meets November 23 and 24: Sat 9am-1:30pm, Sun 1-5:30pm
This online course includes planning, coordinating and directing weddings as well as a study of business structure, documentation information, contracts, how to work with vendors, marketing and how to work with prospective brides and groom

This is an online course. You have 6 months from when you register to complete the course.
Take your Math SAT Prep to the next level! Our unique and specialized focus sessions provide intensive practice and review of the math questions on the SAT. Learn tips, strategies, and techniques to help best prepare for test day. Tuition includes book. (Course recommended for students with previous or current Algebra II skills.)

This class meets 2 days. Saturday, Sept 28 @ 11:30am-1:30pm and Sunday, Sept 29 @ 1-3pm