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College & Career Planning

Planning for High School and College

Some easy things you can do:
  • Set up a "distraction free" study area
  • Set up a study time that is consistent
  • Check Zangle for grades and attendance (You can get your Zangle access code from the counseling office)\
  • Email teachers when you have concerns about workload and your high schooler's progress
  • Check in with your high schooler and talk about upcoming school projects and test. They can feel overwhelmed and not say a word. The standard answer is "It's fine". Ask them "What does fine mean?"
  • Make clear family expectations regarding grades with clear consequences for not meeting those expectations. Make sure your high schooler is part of the making the expectations and consequences.
  • Talk about futrue career and college plans in your home
  • Visit colleges casually while on vacation or out of town or set up appointments with the college for an official visit
  • Go on the Web and research colleges "together"
  • Go on Naviance to research careers and college
  • Look through the Mira Loma Course Handbook for more ideas


The College Application Process

Step 1: Complete the required college preparatory courses with a C or better.
 
UC/CSU A-G required courses

A. History/Social Science, 2 years required
B. English, 4 years required
C. Mathematics, 3 years required, 4 years recommended
D. Laboratory Science, 2 years required, 3 years recommended
E. Language other than English, 2 years required, 3 years recommended
F. Visual and Performing Arts, 1 year required
G. College Preparatory Elective, 1 year required
 
Mira Loma's UC Approved Courselist
Type in "Mira Loma High School"
 
If you intend to begin your college experience at a community college, plan to complete the UC/CSU course sequence. Doing this will help you avoid remedial community college courses that do not transfer to four year colleges.
 
Collegiate Athletics
NCAA Clearinghouse - information on NCAA eligibility
NCAA (National Collegiate Athletics Association)
NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics)
 
Community Service 

Community Service opportunities

 Step 2: Take the appropriate entrance exams.

All colleges and universities require either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT. The University of California and some very selective independent universities also require two SAT Subject Tests.
 
You should begin taking these exams in the spring of your junior year. All testing must be concluded by December of your senior year.
 
You can register for these exams online at the following sites:
SATs and the Collegeboard
ACT

Entrance exams are not required for community college.

Standardized Test Information

SAT test prep site

 
 
 
Step 3: Research colleges to find the best school for you.
 
Most colleges maintain websites that provide information for prospective students. These sites are easily accessed with an online search.
 
Independent organizations also provide information on school and programs. Links to a select group of these sites follows:

Princeton Review

US News and World Report

National Center for Education

Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

Assist - search for majors and information on transferring from a community college

My College Guide

California Colleges - Check out the tools sections for a college matching program. 

 Step 4: Apply in the fall of your senior year.

Apply for scholarships.   

Colleges prefer online applications. November 30th is the deadline for the UC and the CSU system. Independent colleges set their own deadlines, which run from November 30th to February 15th. Online applications are available at either the college's website or at the following sites:

California Community Colleges
CSU Mentor
University of California
Common Application for Independent Colleges

Step 5: Receive your letters of admission.

Colleges send out their letters of admission in the spring. May first is the most common deadline for students to accept one of the offers of admission.

All admission decisions are conditional on the successful completion of your senior year. Colleges may rescind admission to students who earn low grades in college preparatory classes during their senior year. 

         Acceptance Letter Received - What now?
 

Career Planning 

 
Step 1: Explore your interests and aptitudes.
 
It is important to choose a career that matches your interests and abilities. Aptitude tests can help you to identify career areas that are best for you.
 
My Future - work quizzes and career help from the Department of Defense

Project Career - career test from the Career College Association

Step 2: Research careers.
Based on what you know about yourself, look for careers in which you will excel. Find out what you need to do to enter those fields.
Occupational Outlook Handbook - information from the US Department of Labor
Sacramento Area Hot Jobs 
careeronestop - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. A proud partner of the american job center network.
 
Step 3: Prepare in high school to meet your career goals.
 
High school courses, directly and indirectly, will help you meet your career goals. For example, if you are interested in construction, Wood Technology directly relates to your goal and Geometry indirectly relates to your goal. Meet with your counselor to select appropriate courses.
 
The Regional Occupational Program (ROP) provides you the opportunity to earn high school credit for learning job skills. ROP courses range from food service to physical therapy. Contact Mrs. Tessier, the ROP coordinator at 971-7998 for details.
 
Volunteer/Internships
 
 
 
 

 Step 4: Locate post high school education options.  

Government agencies, community colleges and private organizations offer job training. Take the time to research all of your options for career education. 

Job Corps - vocational training program from the US Department of Labor

 
AmeriCorps - a national service program which tackles community problems from disaster relief to tutoring.

Sacramento Employment and Training Agency

Local Jobs in the Sacramento Area

Employment Development Department - agency of the California government

Apprenticeship Programs

Careers in Uniform Services 
 
Last Modified on December 7, 2016
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