Monthly Archives: January 2021

After Completing Your FAFSA Application: What Happens Next

To find out what happens next, please click the link below:

For assistance to complete your FAFSA application, seniors can contact their Career Coach (Mrs. Handley – or (Dr. Hamer – to schedule an appointment:  in-person for traditional students or via Google Meet for remote students.

Girls Can Camp

Girls Can Camp is a hands-on camp featuring welding, carpentry, electrical and pipefitting specialties. The camp is for girls currently enrolled in 8th – 10th grades in the Shelby County School District. This summer, space is available for 10 girls to participate in the program.

The application deadline is April 16, 2021.

The registration fee is $20. (Payment is not required when you submit your application.) If you are selected, you will be notified by May 1st and payment will be due by May 20th. All campers will receive a t-shirt, graduation gift and a certificate of completion.

Campers will also visit and tour one of Alabama Power’s operating plants on the last day of
camp. Snacks will be provided each day. If a student or parent has any questions, please contact Amy Lee at 205-682-5253 or

For your review, a copy of the brochure and application are attached. The application can be downloaded and completed or students can pick up an application from their school counselor.

Software Engineering Resource for Students Columbiana

With increased importance on app and web development, prospective students interested in software engineering can expect an increase in job opportunities upon graduation. Although in-person resources have been limited due to COVID- 19, we hope Shelby County Schools students will take advantage of online resources that can further support their education and knowledge of career paths like software engineering.
Our team at has searched the web and compiled a central resource for future software engineers at Columbiana. This guide offers an overview of key skills and salary information, a breakdown of various job opportunities, and even features a professional spotlight interview with a top software engineer. Check it out!
Software Engineer Careers

American Association of Blacks in Energy Scholarship

The Birmingham Chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) is now accepting applications for its 2021 scholarship program. AABE is an organization of energy professionals dedicated to including African Americans and other minorities in the discussion and development of energy policies, regulations, R&D technologies and environmental issues. One of the purposes of AABE is to encourage minority students to pursue careers in energy-related fields and to provide scholarships for such students. The AABE Birmingham Scholarship Program offers a Premier Award of $5,000, which is awarded to a high school senior who demonstrates superior achievement and community involvement.

Applications are due to the local Chapter by March 7th, 2021.

Click here to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Unweighted academic average of B or better (3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Graduating high school senior who intends to enroll next semester in an accredited college or university
  • Pursuing a major in business, one of the physical sciences, technology, engineering or mathematics field
  • Underrepresented minority (African Americans, Hispanic or Native Americans)
  • Transcripts must show unweighted academic average
  • Due to COVID-19 we have waived the SAT/ACT requirement for this cycle. The essay will be scored in place of the test.


A pre-apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where a student can obtain hands-on classroom instruction and a nationally recognized portable credential that can lead to full-time employment with a Registered Apprenticeship employer. Pre-apprenticeships are being offered at Jefferson State(Carson Road Campus) or Lawson State(Bessemer Campus).  For more information about the pre-apprenticeship program visit 

Resume Writing

Quick Tips

  • Always have some one proof read 
  • Needs to be 1-2 pages 
  • Have a professional email address 
  • Remember you may be questioned about what you list on your resume so always tell the truth
  • Needs to be neat 
  • This is your first impression on a potential employer 
  • Don’t forget this needs to be accompanied with a cover letter

Need help creating your resume? Reach out your Career Coach for more information and help!

Dr. LaJauna Hamer

Keyla Handley