College and Career Specialist/Scholarship Coordinator
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://pinterest.com (if you don't already have one). Then you will be able to learn more about specific areas by going to http://pinterest.com/ 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
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 October 7th deadline for the November 5th 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 before November 4th for the December 10th ACT online. 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.
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.
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.
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 111 Tuesdays through Fridays.
College and Career Center
College and Career Center
The Lakewood High School College and Career Center
is your resource for information about
POST-SECONDARY OPTIONS, including:
COLLEGES – COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND 4-YEAR COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES
Paid, on-the-job training to learn a skilled trade such as carpenter, plumber, electrician
TRADE SCHOOLS/VOCATIONAL EDUCATION/SPECIALTY SCHOOLS
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
JOB BOARD/WORK PERMITS
Assistance completing job applications, resumes, and preparing for interviews
VOLUNTEER/SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Services/Resources of the College and Career Center include:
GUEST SPEAKERS, COLLEGE/MILITARY REPRESENTATIVES AND WORKSHOPS – Throughout 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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On Sunday, October 23rd from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Vistamar School (737 Hawaii Street, El Segundo) will host their 9th annual Multicultural Student College Fair. Nearly one hundred colleges, universities, and service academies will exhibit at the fair—these institutions seek to meet Los Angeles county high school students of all backgrounds, with a special interest in students from historically underrepresented cultural groups.
Over the last several years, the list of attending institutions include some of the nation’s most selective colleges such as Harvard, Stanford, Duke, MIT, Princeton, UCLA and the University of Chicago. There will also be many private liberal arts colleges, public institutions from numerous states across the country, as well as several historically black colleges and universities in attendance.
Vistamar’s Multicultural College Fair is held each October and is open to the public. There is no charge to attend and parking is free.
The 2017 Ignite LA Application is open to current sophomores and juniors and sends students on an all-expenses-paid Earthwatch expedition over the summer to conduct hands-on scientific research in the field at a variety of locations throughout the country.
The fellowship looks for students with energy, creativity, and a passion to learn. This opportunity is not based on academic performance. Applications are due by December 1st.
You are invited to University of La Verne's 5th annual Latino Education Access and Development (LEAD) Conference on Saturday, October 29th from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. This conference will provide Latino students and their families with knowledge and resources to make college a reality. The LEAD Conference will address issues of access, retention, career development, and more.
This free event will offer workshop tracks for middle school, high school, college students, STEM students (students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math), parents, and educators. For any questions, please email email@example.com or go to the link below to register for the conference.
$$$FINANCIAL AID$$$: The FAFSA is available starting on October 1st for seniors.
Seniors, financial season is coming soon and to maximize your chances of receiving aid, you should file early and accurately. Go to the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid, the FAFSA, at https://fafsa.ed.gov (not fafsa.com which is a pay site) to apply starting October 1st.
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. Mark your calendar for Cash for College Night on Thursday, October 13th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the LHS Auditorium. You can learn about filling out the FAFSA or CA Dream Act application and presentations will be available in both English and Spanish. Additionally, you could win a $1,000 scholarship just for attending the event!
Seniors, you can work on many private school applications (such as Chapman, Loyola Marymount, and USC) at on the Common Application, UC applications on the UC Admissions page, and many Historically Black College and University applications at the Common Black Application. Apply to CSU and Cal Poly schools by logging into your California Colleges account and clicking on "College Planning" and then "Applying for Admission" under the California State University (CSU) heading. 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. The deadline for all CSU and UC applications is November 30th.
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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.