Arlington Career Center | 816 S. Walter Reed St. | Arlington, VA | 22204

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Arlington Career Center | 816 S. Walter Reed St. | Arlington, VA | 22204

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Groundbreaking
School News
Groundbreaking
Bella Weslow, Staff Reporter • June 12, 2024

On May 16th, 2024, a monumental event occurred for the students and staff of the Arlington Career Center. At 2 pm, students and teachers left...

Latinas Leading Tomorrow at ACC
Clubs & Extras
Latinas Leading Tomorrow at ACC
Lary Renderos, Guest Reporter • June 12, 2024

Let’s zoom into the bustling hive of activity that is ACC (let's throw some props to our extracurricular buffet: from frisbee to D&D, there's...

Op Ed: A Call for Accelerated Learning in APS
Op Ed
Op Ed: A Call for Accelerated Learning in APS
Joseph Sparks, Guest Reporter • June 12, 2024

Dear Arlington Public Schools, As I prepare to begin my education at Princeton University next fall, I often look back and consider the impact...

Op Ed: Let’s Expand Restorative Justice in Virginia
Op Ed
Op Ed: Let’s Expand Restorative Justice in Virginia
Zack Dabrowski, Staff Reporter • June 12, 2024

Dear Barbara A. Favola, In one month, I will have graduated from high school and be ready for the next stage of my life. When I look back...

Acme Pie Company
Community & Beyond
Acme Pie Company
Zack Dabrowski, Staff Reporter • June 12, 2024

Acme Pie Co., located barely a block from the school, is one of the only pie shops within Arlington - and it’s also the best. Walking towards...

Capstone

Capstone

As most students are aware, Capstone is a year-long senior class project that includes in-school and out-of-school opportunities like internships, mentorships with ACC teachers, or taking a level III CTE or Early Online College (EOC) courses.

An Educational Capstone was just introduced this year to allow seniors to take level III CTEs, which they wouldn’t have time for if they were taking a Work-based Capstone. The Educational Capstone also gives seniors time to complete EOC courses, which are necessary to earn an Associate’s or General Education degree.

A Hybrid Capstone is a full Capstone, but instead of being both 5th periods, it is only one and requires around 100 hours or about half of a full Capstone. This Capstone allows students to still get work-based experience but gives them time to complete other courses that might be more important to them.

Lastly, a Work-based Capstone. The Work-Based Capstone is the most popular Capstone—two thirds of the class of ‘24 selected it—and requires the student to work for 280 hours at a company or non-profit. While this might seem like a lot of work (it averages out to 7-10 hours a week), both of a senior’s fifth period is spent working at their internship instead of attending a class at Tech. The internship also doesn’t have to be related to a subject the student learned about at school. For example, it may focus on juvenile justice while another might be in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security.

Overall, Capstone is a great experience, but it requires a lot of dedication and having an open mind. Capstone won’t be like any class you’ve taken.

About the Contributor
Zack Dabrowski
Zack Dabrowski, Staff Reporter
Zack is a senior at The Arlington Career Center who is earning a general education associates degree at NOVA. He’s interested in pursuing a degree in anthropology and political science. He is currently a representative on the Student Advisory Board and a member of the Senior Committee. He is also currently interning at the Center for Youth and Family Advocacy.