• Program/Volunteer Opportunities*

    *Stafford High School is not responsible for program or material fees.


    FLEET is a web-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
    competition that is free to U.S. students in grades nine through twelve.
    FLEET utilizes the youth friendly model of gamification to engage high
    school students in naval ship design and enables them to apply the real-life
    applications of STEM. Working individually, students compete via a web-based
    platform to complete several scenarios faced by naval engineers on a daily
    basis in the field. The entire competition occurs online.


    Steamfitter's Apprenticeship

    What is a Steamfitter?

     A Steamfitter is a person who fabricates, installs, and services piping systems. Steamfitters work on different types of piping systems – Residential, Commercial, and Industrial. Residential systems are in your house or apartment.  Commercial systems are heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration.  Industrial systems are the construction of piping systems for electrical power generators, wastewater treatment, solid waste disposal, and industrial manufacturing process.

     What is the Steamfitter Apprentice Program?

     The Apprenticeship program is a five-year training program.  Apprentices are assigned to a union contractor and work on assigned work sites, generally forty hours per week, depending on the job conditions and the economy. 

    The apprentice is required to attend related training classes at the UA Mechanical Trade School.  We have campuses in Landover, MD, Springfield, VA and Manassas, VA.  Classes usually start in August and end in May.  They are held on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Additional Saturday classes, usually not more than 16, will be mandatory for first and second year apprentices.

    The apprentice is paid for hours worked on the job site but is not paid for attending related training classes.  Accepted applicants will serve a one year probation period.  The probationary apprentice who successfully completes the probationary period by meeting all obligations at assigned employment, in related training class, and to the Local Union, will be initiated into the Local Union.

    Our apprentices are required to follow the UA Standards of Excellence.  Our apprenticeship program has a strict attendance policy.  Excessive absences could result in postponement of both monetary and academic advancement or possible termination from the program.  Advancement to the next level of training and pay happens when certain requirements are met such as successfully completing all classes/required certifications and maintaining acceptable job site performance evaluations and work hours. For more information, visit here.


    Interested in applying to a Service Academy?

    Academy Day 2023 created an on-demand version of the program that will allow viewing of the presentation at your convenience. To view, click here.

    For more information about Academy Nominations, click here.

    Interested in an Air Force ROTC Scholarship?

    More information, visit Air Force ROTC Scholarship Application Process

    Pathways to Science

    Pathways to Science is a free summer residential experience for high school Latinas in Virginia. The purpose of this program funded by the National Science Foundation is to engage with Latinas who are interested in STEM early in their high school career with the goal of encouraging them to pursue a college education and career in STEM.  Our ultimate goal is to increase the number of Latina STEM professionals in VA.

     Young women who are chosen for Pathways to Science receive the following benefits:

    • A free, week-long summer residential camp at Randolph-Macon College, where they engage with other Latinas with a passion for STEM, live in our dorms and learn about life on a college campus. 
    • A $2,500 scholarship to the college of their choice upon completion of the summer program.
    • Field trips to our partner organizations, the Science Museum of Virginia, Maymont, and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as well as businesses in the community to see STEM in action and meet women leaders in STEM careers
    • Many additional benefits!

    The application is open and can be accessed at https://pathwaystoscience.com/.

    Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship

    If you are interested, the Washington D.C. Joint Plumbing Apprentice Committee is now accepting applications for the Apprentice Training Program's 2021/2022 school year.  Applicants must apply online at local5training.org.


    Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)

    STEM apprenticeship opportunities are available for high school students.

    Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

    High School Apprenticeship Program ((HSAP)

    Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

    For more information, visit USAEOP



Last Modified on January 23, 2024