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College and Career Specialist/Scholarship Coordinator

Gildon, Jenny

Get the latest College and Career-related updates by following @HSCollegeCareer and @LHSAdvising on Twitter. You can also have updates sent directly to your phone by texting @msgildon to 81010 or you can receive messages via email by sending an email to 


Search the LBUSD's College and Career Center Pinterest account to find the right fit for you after high school.  Create a free Pinterest account at (if you don't already have one).  Then you will be able to learn more about specific areas by going to afterhighschool/boards to view any of the following College and Career Center boards:

  • College-Bound Student-Athletes
  • Career Exploration
  • Career Assessments
  • College Major Search Tools
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Post-Secondary Resources for Student with Special Needs
  • Volunteering - Pay It Forward
  • Test Preparation and Testing Options
  • Applying for College Admission
  • College Preparation Blogs
  • College Search Tools
  • More About College
  • Scholarships and Other Financial Aid Resources
  • Virtual Campus Visits and Chats
  • Tips from College Insiders




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When getting a Work Permit for the first time, you will need print out a Work Permit Application or pick one up from the College and Career Center.  Fill out the "For Minor to Complete" Section, have your new boss fill out the "For Employer to Complete" Section, and ask your parent or guardian sign the "For Parent to Complete" Section.  Remember to have your Social Security card (or a copy/picture of the card) with you when you bring your completed Work Permit Application to the College and Career Center.  Remember that you do not need a Work Permit Application until after you get hired.



Register by the January 10th late deadline for the Janaury 21st SAT test online.  If you get free or reduced lunch or are in AVID, Cal-SOAP, or Upward Bound, remember to stop by the College and Career Center to pick up a fee waiver before you apply for the test. 



Register online before January 13th for the February 11th ACT. If you get free or reduced lunch, or are in AVID, Upward Bound, or Cal-SOAP, stop by the College and Career Center to get a fee waiver before you register for the test. 


ASSIST helps you explore majors offered at UC and CSU campuses. It provides several paths you can take to learn about specific majors, requirements for majors, major preparation at community colleges, and transferring courses to the University of California or California State University. 


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Big Future is a free website with a step-by-step approach that helps with the college planning process for students and families.  You can find the best college matches based on what matters to you most (type of school, location, majors, financial aid available, sports, etc.)  You'll get instant college matches (access to nearly 4,000 two- and four-year colleges and universities) and then you can explore those colleges more in depth.  You can also see if you're on track to meet the colleges' requirements. 

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There are five service academies in the United States.  Four of the academies require a nomination from an authorized nominating source.  Each academy offers young men and women a FREE college education at a highly-ranked, nationally-recognized academic program while preparing them for an officer's commission in the armed forces. The academies are:


U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York

U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York

U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland


The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut is the only one that does not require a Congressional nomination.  Visit each service academy's website for additional information.



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Do you want personalized college preparation assistance? Kenia Duarte is Lakewood's Cal-SOAP College Advisor. The California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) is a free federally funded program whose purpose is to help low-income and first generation students to successfully complete high school, as well as to enroll in and complete college. Cal-SOAP participants enjoy many benefits by joining including individual academic advising, help with college exploration, assistance with important exams like the SAT and ACT (and FREE EXAM REGISTRATION), free out-of-state and private college applications for seniors, and the potential to go on college campus field trips. Pick up an application in Room 127A Tuesdays through Fridays.

College and Career Center

College and Career Center

College and Career Center

The Lakewood High School College and Career Center

is your resource for information about





Paid, on-the-job training to learn a skilled trade such as carpenter, plumber, electrician




Also: Career and Technical Education Internships (Previously known as Work Based Learning/ROP Classes)

Classes and Internships for 11th and 12th Grade Students

FINANCIAL AID: FAFSA, California Dream Act, Cal Grant Submission, and Scholarships


Assistance completing job applications, resumes, and preparing for interviews  


Services/Resources of the College and Career Center include:

GUEST SPEAKERS, COLLEGE/MILITARY REPRESENTATIVES AND WORKSHOPSThroughout the year the College and Career Center hosts workshops on topics ranging from “Completing College Applications” and “Applying for Financial Aid” to “Job Search Techniques (filling out applications, creating a resume, interviewing skills)” and “After High School…What’s Next”

COLLEGE CATALOGS/BROCHURES – California Community Colleges, CSU, UC, CA Private Colleges, and Out-of-State Colleges 

QUICK REFERENCE WEBSITES – A list of valuable web site addresses that offer assessment tools and sources of information on careers, colleges, scholarships, and financial aid

The College and Career Center is located in Room 332

Students are welcome before school, during nutrition, lunch, after school, or by appointment.

College and Career Center Links and Resources

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Juniors and Seniors:  Spend the summer working with leading biomedical scientists and get paid $2,200.


You will participate in research areas such as:


Interventional Preventive Cardiology


Clinical and Outcomes Research

Metabolic Disorders

Psychiatric Disorders

COPD/Pulmonary Rehabilitation


Regenerative Medicine/Stem Cells

Genetics/Genomics/Personalized Medicine


Reproductive Health

Infectious Diseases

Neurological Disorders

Vascular Disease and Hypertension


Find out more about this incredible opportunity by checking out the link and the flyer below.


Named for the first African American to walk in space, the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships are available to for two male and two female seniors.  $5,000 each will be awarded on behalf of the former NASA astronaut, physician, and businessman, Dr. Bernard Harris.  Deadline for submissions is April 10, 2017


To be eligible for the scholarship, seniors must have a minimum 3.0 unweighted grade point average, be African American or Hispanic, and have been accepted as a full-time student at a four-year institution of higher education.


For more information and to apply, go to the link below.


Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 is the deadline to complete FAFSA or the Dream Act application! You MUST submit a financial aid application if you want to receive any money from the federal or state government for your college education.  Most of the money from your college and even outside scholarships are also tied to the FAFSA or Dream Act Application. The College and Career Center is holding workshops to help you on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunch.  You can also attend the Greenlight-to-College Online Marathon on Saturday, February 25th anytime from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm to win a $1,000 scholarship and gift cards every hour or our last big Cash for College event on Tuesday, February 28th anytime from 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

*Bring your SSN or DACA number*

*Bring your parents 2015 tax returns*

*Bring your questions! We have answers!*



$$$FINANCIAL AID$$$: The FAFSA is available now!

Seniors, financial season is coming soon and to maximize your chances of receiving aid, you should file early and accurately. Start by getting your electronic signature for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You can apply for your electronic signature, also known as the Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID, at  You will need one for you and also one for one of your parents since you will both have to electronically "sign" the FAFSA.  Next you can fill out the FAFSA at (not which is a pay site) to apply now through March 2nd. 


In order to be eligible for all federal aid, you must file your FAFSA (or California Dream Act Application if you are not a US citizen) as soon as possible (starting October 1st) if you are going to be attending any type of college, university, or trade school in the Fall 2017. 


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Seniors, you can work on many private school applications (such as Chapman, Loyola Marymount, and USC) at on the Common Application and Historically Black College and University applications at the Common Black Application.  College Greenlight has a new Greenlight Scholars Application where you can apply to twelve different highly regarded colleges and universities for free.  You can also still apply to some CSU schools even though the November 30th deadline has passed.  In order to find out which CSU campuses are still accepting applications, go to the Application Filing Status Report, go to "Select application" and choose "Undergraduate", then go to "Enrollment Term" and choose "Fall 2017", and finally click "Submit".  For the Common Application and the Common Black Application, all schools will have different requirements and deadlines, so check each individual school's website to ensure that you don't miss any important information. 


HOW TO ANSWER UC'S PERSONAL INSIGHT QUESTIONS is the one-stop website for information about higher education in California for students, counselors, and parents. It has been developed in collaboration with California State University (CSU),  University of California (UC),  California Community Colleges (CCC), Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), and the California Department of Education.


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You can earn money to pay for college by doing things that will improve your chances of getting into many colleges and universities. Every time you achieve a goal like getting good grades or doing extracurricular activities, you can earn micro-scholarships that begin adding up as early as 9th grade. lets you keep track of your achievements/the money you earn and also can also help you earn more scholarships from's more than 180 partner-colleges and universities like Michigan State, Oberlin, Carnegie Mellon, Arizona State, and the University of Rochester.SaveSave




There are several wonderful FREE SAT and ACT prep sites available for all students including March2Success, 4Tests, and a few more listed on the LBUSD College and Career Pinterest page on the "Test Preparation and Testing Options" board. In addition, the College Board, the company that gives the SAT, has partnered with Khan Academy to provide full-length tests to use for practice.  Want even more FREE in-depth assistance?  Go to Free SAT Prep to have 36 hours of live SAT tutoring online, with 4 full-length practice SAT exams, and comprehensive instruction for each SAT subject.  Also, if math is the subject you need to focus on the most, EdReady can help you assess your current math level and help you get ready for college-level math for the SAT, ACT, or college placement tests.

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