CAREER CENTER

Whether it is seeking help on how to find a job, a scholarship, or an apprenticeship, the FHS Career Center is here to help with your needs.  Through the Career Center you can explore both college and career paths and get the information you need to make decisions about your future.

Come to the FHS Career Center in the CTE Building, Office 3 to find out more information.

Judith Zink, Career Specialist, (360) 383-9361
Have a great summer. See you next year!
Short Term Volunteer Opportunities

September 22, 2019        Bellingham Veg Fest                 1100 Railroad Ave    
4-hour commitment          https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp3179861.jsp

We will organize several outreach events throughout the year, but our biggest event will be our annual Veg Fest. This year Bellingham Veg Fest will be held on Sunday, September 22nd, from 11am-5pm at the Depot Market Square in Downtown Bellingham. This family-friendly event is free to public and will feature local businesses who offer vegan options/products and local nonprofit organizations who are dedicated to animal and environmental causes.


September 28, 2019        Bellingham Parkinson’s Event          Squalicum Boathouse    
                                         nwpf.org or call Jordan at                     2600 N Harbor Loop Drive
                                         206.946.6530 or 877.980.7500

Help celebrate the Parkinson's community of Bellingham by volunteering at Northwest Parkinson's Foundation's events - Bellingham HOPE Conference and Walk for Parkinson's Bellingham!

It will take place at the Squalicum Boathouse and Zuanich Point Park. The program will start at 9:30 am, and finish around 12:00/ Noon. And then we'll have our Walk for Parkinson's event starting at 1:30 pm. There are many opportunities to volunteer throughout the event. 


Longer Term Volunteer Opportunities

Boys and Girls Club: Did you know that you can get volunteer hours through your membership?

What’s so great about that?  Well, you can get experience in a lot of different areas!  Wouldn’t these things look good on your resume?

  • Customer service experience
  • Food service experience
  • Child-care experience
  • Facilities maintenance experience

2015 Cherry Street, Ferndale, WA, (360) 384-0753
whatcomclubs.org/clubhouses/ferndale/


Ferndale Food Bank: The Ferndale Food Bank is looking for volunteers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8AM until Noon.  Please drop by the Career Center and pick up an application.


Civil Air Patrol Cadet Programhttp://www.wawg.cap.gov/wing-staff/cadetprograms


Whatcom firefighter Cadet Programhttps://www.wcfd7.org/become-a-firefighter/


Jansen Art Center Gallery    321 Front Street, Lynden    Must be 16 years old
www.jansenartcenter.org/gallery-shop/

The Jansen Art Center Gallery Shop needs you!

The Jansen Art Center Gallery Shop features unique artwork from local artists and fine gifts that are made by local artisans. The Gallery Shop is supported by an amazing group of hard-working volunteers and you can join the team! We’d love to have you!


Volunteer Chore Program:  Email chore@whatcomvolunteer.org to schedule an orientation to the Volunteer Chore Program

Chore matches volunteers with seniors, veterans, and adults with disabilities to assist with the everyday chores they are physically unable to do. 

WHATCOM COUNTY LIBRARY SERVICES - TEEN INTERN

The Whatcom County Library System is accepting applications for a part-time Teen Intern to assist the Youth Services department in providing teen-related library service. Must be in Grade 10-12, and 16 years of age or older to apply. Must have a library card.  Four hours per week, flexible schedule. $12.00 per hour. Apply by Friday, September 27, 2019https://www.wcls.org/teen-intern-youth-services/


PART-TIME OCCASIONAL LABOR
 
$15 per hour, Approx. 15 - 20 hours available
Must be 16+ years old
Contact: willgary@comcast.com


PEER TUTORS NEEDED - LUMMI NATION JOM

Pick up an employment application at the JOM Office: 2608 A Kwina Rd (Next to the Veterans Hall)


FOOD HANDLERS CARD

Visit the Washington State Food Servers Course here to obtain your food handlers card.


LIQUOR AND CANNABIS BOARD INVESTIGATIVE AID

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is accepting applications for non-permanent hourly Administrative Interns to work as Tobacco Investigative Aides in our Enforcement and Education division. These positions work intermittently, non-standard hours (days, nights, and weekends) and are located throughout the Western Washington area. These positions are very unique in that applicants need to be between the ages of 16 - 17 1/2 years old.

For more information visit the website.


YES WHATCOM JOB BOARD

Want to work in Whatcom County but not sure where to begin?
Check out YES Whatcom job board to find jobs with local companies - part-time, internships and a lot more! Visit: https://yeswhatcom.com/  for more information.

Upcoming Events

Field Trips & Activites 2019 - 2020
Event When & where who can go & more information
BP Student Day Field Trip

Sept. 26, 2019 9:00 AM - 1:15 PM
BP, Cherry Point

Juniors & Seniors but other students are
encouraged to sign up.  Explore the
multitude of careers available at BP.  
Meet professionals and tour the facilities!

National Guard visit

Oct 2, 2019 – Eagle Time & both lunches
Counseling Office

Interested students

Lunch with Leaders Field Trip

Oct 8, 2019 11:00 AM – 1:15 PM
Pioneer Pavilion, Ferndale

Juniors & Seniors

University of Redlands Visit

Oct 9, 2019 – 1st lunch
Counseling Office 

Interested students who do not have 1st lunch
should contact Mrs. Zink in the Career Center
a couple days before the event.

Montana State University Visit

Oct 10, 2019 8:15 – 8:45 AM
Counseling Office

Interested students should contact Mrs. Zink
in the Career Center a couple days before the
event.

Financial Aid Help 

Oct 10,2019 6:00 – 8:00 PM
FHS Library

Students and their parents who would like more
information on the FAFSA.  
For more information: www.futuresnw.org

Central Washington University Visit

Oct 18, 2019 both lunches
Counseling Office

Interested students

Whitman College Visit

Oct 25, 2019 1:30 PM
Counseling Office

Interested students should contact Mrs. Zink
in the Career Center a couple days before the
event.

Skagit Valley College Visit

Oct 30, 2019 Eagle Time & 2nd lunch
Counseling Office

Interested students

National College Fair Field Trip Nov. 1, 2019 6:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Seattle
Juniors Only

Pacific Lutheran University Visit

Nov 20, 2019 Eagle Time & both lunches
Counseling Office

Interested students

Whatcom Community College Fall Preview Day Nov. 22, 2019 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
WCC Campus

Seniors – Juniors can sign up and if there is space available they can come


Selective Service On-Line Registration 
Males in Washington State turning 18 are required to register with Selective Service. Registering can affect your ability to get a government job and it can negatively impact you if you need to apply for citizenship. You can register by clicking on the above link or go to www.sss.gov. If you believe that you are not required to register, you should call the Selective Service office at 1-847-688-6888 for more information on exemptions.
  • Washington Career Bridge - Take a Career Quiz to help narrow your options.  This is not a short quiz so be prepared to take some time and really think about the things that best describe you right now.  If you do this first the next two links can help you focus on your next steps.
  • My Next Move -  Look at specific jobs in the career you want, get a wider idea of career options by exploring different industries, or take a Career Quiz and find out where your answers can lead you.

Now that you have a better idea of the career path in front of you, use the Bureau of Labor and Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook to look at things like pay, education and the projected outlook for your chosen occupation.

  • Apprenticeship Programs in Washington
    Explore apprenticeship programs in Washington State
     
  • Apprenticeship FAQs 
     
  • The Career Center takes students on the WAVE tour (Washington Apprenticeship Vocational Education) in April.  The tour allows students to get hands-on experience in the trades.  Space on these tours is very limited so pay attention to the announcements and get your permission forms in early!  There are also lots of pamphlets and other information about apprenticeship programs in Washington in the Career Center.

  • Military Path
  • Learn about the ASVAB test. Keep an eye on the announcements for dates and times for the ASVAB test at FHS


Here are some other government jobs that are a little closer to home:

Thinking about going to college but also long to travel? Check out your university's study abroad program or get information for Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad: http://wcccsa.com/started/faq.


Help with paying for your education:

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - Even if you think you do not qualify for financial aid, you and your parents still need to apply so that you can get into a work-study program or get a federally protected low interest loan. There will be FAFSA help at FHS in October. There are also information packets for you and your parents in the Career Center.
  • FAFSA Assistant – A tool to help guide you and your parents through the process of applying
  • The WashBoard.org - Think of this as a dating site for you and scholarships. That’s weird but it is accurate enough.
  • Fastweb Scholarships – Similar to the above but on a national scale. 
  • College Bound Scholarship Information - If you signed up with College Bound when you were in middle school, here is some additional information.
  • Matched Education Savings Account -  Eligible students may save up to $500 for a 3:1 return, or $1,500 in matched funds. Program participants will complete a financial education course and receive up to $2,000 in combined savings and program matched funds. Funds may be applied toward any education expense, including tuition, books, and class materials.
    MESA is designed for low and moderate income student residents of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington attending college or university within these states. If you would like to participate in the program, follow each step in sequential order.

If you have younger siblings, your parents might be interested in a 529 savings plan like GET or DreamAhead. These programs won’t help current high school students but they can help parents of younger students plan ahead for college.

Jobs Corps is for students ages 16 to 21 who want training in a wide variety of areas.  Students can complete their high school diploma as well.  Being a Job Corps student means you live and train at the facility.  There are a lot of positive things about becoming a Job Corps student but make sure you read the information carefully and think about how you would fit in to the role of being a Jobs Corp student. 

If you are thinking of joining but would like to talk to someone first, let Mrs. Zink know and she’ll bring a representative here to meet with you. 

Scholarship List

See College Bound section above for more scholarship websites

Did you know that high school students passed up millions of dollars in financial aid?  
https://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/its-not-too-late-to-get-college-financial-aid-but-many-washington-students-dont-bother/

Get help with WAFSA / FAFSA!  Come to FHS at 6:00 PM on Oct 10.  You'll need to bring the following information:

  • Your Driver's license or state ID
  • Your income information - bank statements, a W2 or pay stub, and a past tax return
  • Your parent, if you are under 24 years
  • Parents should bring a copy of their previous year's tax return
  • Additional financial information such as child support statements, TANF or welfare information, real estate, investments, family business or farm information
  • Social Security or Green Card
  • One parent's Social Security number (if they have one)

Deadline: September 26, 2019
Amount available: Varies
Who can apply: Seniors, Family income $60,000 or less, Pursuing a 4-year degree
Requirements: See website for more information
Online application: https://www.questbridge.org/

Deadline: October 18, 2019
Amount available: $4000 or full tuition
Who can apply: Seniors planning on attending WSU
Requirements: This is a nomination scholarship. If you wish to apply, you MUST speak with your counselor. See website for more information.
Online application: https://admission.wsu.edu/scholarships/washington-residents/regents/

Deadline: October 25, 2019
Amount available: $2500 – 25,000
Who can apply: Seniors
Requirements: See website for more information
Online application: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/

Deadline: November 5, 2019
Amount available: $1000 – 12,500
Who can apply: Seniors, US Citizens, Pursuing a 4-year degree
Requirements: See website for more information.
Online application: https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/MVS.cfm

Deadline: December 7, 2019
Amount available: $2500
Who can apply: Seniors, Plan on enrolling in a 2 or 4-year accredited college
Requirements: Have a demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership. GPA 3.0. Demonstrate financial need.
Online application: https://apply.scholarsapply.org/leadersandachievers/information.php

Deadline: January 31, 2020
Amount available: $4000 or full tuition
Who can apply: Senior, Have a parent or grandparent who is a member of the Elks order.
Requirements: Must take the SAT or ACT before December 31, 2019
Online application: https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/Legacy.cfm