NSHSS and University of California, Los Angeles welcomed scholars and their families to join us for the UCLA Member Event on Saturday, March 26. Members had a chance to explore UCLA and their campus for a day and meet fellow NSHSS scholars, parents, and educators!
Students and their families were welcomed with a continental breakfast and an opportunity to meet and network with corporate, educational, and government recruiters of renowned organizations along with university admissions representatives from several different universities at our college & career fair. The event kicked off with a informational session about UCLA, followed by a special presentation by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a UCLA Student Panel, and NSHSS Partner workshops. We ended the day with our Member Recognition Ceremony, where each NSHSS member in attendance was recognized on stage for their incredible academic achievements with their own honor medallion!
UCLA MEMBER EVENT
Jorge was born and raised overseas. Moved to the states at age 20 without speaking any English. A year later, he joined the Marines. After honorably serving for four years, he went to college in NC. After college, he moved to DC and joined the Agency. He’s been with the Agency for 12 years as a DO Officer and now he is a regional recruiter for the state of Texas.
Captain Eric Aldred was born and raised in Portland, OR and attended Portland State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Project Management. After graduating in 2009, Captain Aldred enlisted as a combat medic before being selected for active duty Officer Candidate School (OCS), where he commissioned as an Engineer officer in 2013. In his 10 years of active duty service, Captain Aldred has served in units all throughout the US, and completed multiple overseas combat tours and stateside deployments in support of disaster relief efforts. Captain Aldred received his Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2017, and prior to his position at UCLA, he commanded an Engineer Support Company stationed at Fort Campbell, KY.
SMARTTRACK® College Funding is a national leader in helping families better pay for college. Cyndi is a popular speaker and conducts workshops across the country, educating and empowering parents and professional colleagues on the critically important financial piece of college planning. Prior to joining SMARTTRACK®, she had a successful career in the video business and received a degree in Communication Studies from Northwestern University. Cyndi is also the proud mom of twins who recently graduated from college debt free!
Brian is the Founder and Executive Vice President of CollegeAdvisor.com, an online college admissions counseling company serving over 3,000 clients in the US and more than 60 countries globally. CollegeAdvisor has over 300 former Admissions Officers and Advisors who offer students 1-on-1 personalized guidance through every step of the college admissions process, including school research and college list creation; extracurricular and profile development; essay editing; financial aid & merit scholarships; interview prep; and more. The CollegeAdvisor team also loves to give back, having donated over $500,000 of pro-bono college advising to students from lower-income and first-generation backgrounds. Brian graduated with Distinction from University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce, where he studied Finance and Analytics as a Jefferson and Echols Scholar.
Petty Officer Boateng reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, in October 2013 to begin his career as an airman. He became an Aviation Boatswainmate (Handling) after completion of A-School in March 2014. He has served aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), as Hangar Bay Operations Petty Officer and currently as Leading Petty Officer of Navy Recruiting Station Hawthorne. He has completed three Western Pacific Deployments and has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (six awards) and various other personal and unit awards.
SATURDAY, March 26
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Registration & Badge Pick-Up
Attendees will check-in with a digital or printed copy of their tickets and members will receive name badges in the Ballroom foyer.
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Networking Breakfast
NSHSS will provide a catered continental breakfast for attendees.
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: College & Career Fair
Attendees will have the chance to gather information from College & Career Fair exhibitors.
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM: NSHSS Welcome & UCLA Information Session
NSHSS will welcome attendees to campus, then University of California, Los Angeles staff/students will guide them through an informative presentation about the university.
10:05 AM – 10:50 AM: The CIA Experience and Opportunities
Our partner, the Central Intelligence Agency, will present information about the special opportunities available to NSHSS members in high school, college, and even post-graduation. They'll provide a glimpse into some of their personal experiences working for CIA and discuss opportunities for both student programs and employment after graduation.
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Becoming a Military Officer is Not What You Think!
Our NSHSS Partner, Army ROTC, will host an educational workshop discussing how to become an Army officer, how it develops you as a leader, and how it sets you up for success in both the private and public sector
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Campus Tours
Attendees will have time to explore and tour the UCLA campus.
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Lunch Break
Attendees will visit nearby eateries for lunch on their own.
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM: College & Career Fair
We invite you to return to our college fair and continue conversations with admissions representatives and other top corporate leaders.
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Plan Now to Pay Less for College: A Primer for Parents of 9th-11th Graders
SMARTTRACK® College Funding is a national leader in helping families better pay for college. Middle and upper-middle income families are often surprised to learn that with a little planning, they can significantly lower out-of-pocket costs, maximize grants and scholarships, and use their resources more efficiently. Even if you don't think you'll qualify for Financial Aid, planning for how best to pay for college can make a tremendous difference and starts earlier than you might think!
2:10 - 3:00 PM: UCLA College Student Panel
NSHSS members, and now students at UCLA, will showcase their transition to college and what it takes to be a successful student at UCLA as well as the benefits to being a part of the Collegiate Council.
3:10 PM – 3:40 PM: Starting Early to Stand Out: College Admissions Success in 2022
You've got questions about the college admissions process ahead of you - and CollegeAdvisor.com has the answers! Drawing on our experience working 1-on-1 with over 3,000 clients, we'll show you how to build a game plan to tackle the increasingly competitive college application process. You'll learn about application strategy, extracurriculars, supplemental essay writing, and test-optional policies as we navigate the changing landscape of college admissions.
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM: America's Navy $180,000 NRTOC Scholarships
A single scholarship could pay for your entire college experience with our partner, America's Navy. These Navy scholarships provide students the opportunity to attend over 170 colleges and universities throughout the United States, which include Harvard, Yale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and more.
4:30 – 5:00 PM: Member Recognition Ceremony
Members will hear congratulatory remarks and receive their own NSHSS honor medallion.
We understand your concerns surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. Rest assured that the health and safety of all of our members, their families, and our staff is our top priority. We are continuing to closely monitor worldwide developments regarding COVID-19.
All NSHSS event attendees will be required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. This requirement applies even if you are fully vaccinated. Masks are not required when food and beverage are being consumed in designated areas, or when speaking/presenting in an official capacity the event.
Following the guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), we ask that you do not attend any NSHSS events if you:
- have traveled from or transited to any country outside of the U.S. listed in Risk Assessment Level 4 and Level 3, 21 days prior to the NSHSS event
- have a positive COVID test prior to the NSHSS event
*NSHSS will provide a transfer credit or refund with proof of positive test 2 weeks before event date.*
NSHSS has incorporated the following policies at all events to ensure the safety of all participants:
-All attendees, partners, and speakers must wear a face covering at NSHSS Events. If mask usage is not adhered to, event participation may be limited.
-NSHSS staff traveling to and working at events have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reminds us to take protective measures against the coronavirus, here’s how:
Wash your hands frequently
Maintain social distancing
Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth
Practice respiratory hygiene
If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
These precautionary safety measures will remain in effect until further notice. We will continue to monitor the current situation and will update these protocols as needed with information we receive from local health authorities, the CDC, WHO, and IMO. For additional information or updates from the CDC, please see https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.
Please refer to this page for the most up-to-date NSHSS Events COVID-19 policies.
Thank you on behalf of all of us at NSHSS.