College and Career
Are you considering college?
Are you interested in finding a job?
You have come to the right place!
Here you can find information and resources to help you make your decisions!
California Community Colleges:
Community Colleges are a great place to start your higher education. They offer a variety of associate degrees, certificates, and now a few even offer bachelor’s degrees!
Many students attend community college to complete lower division courses, and then transfer to a university to complete their Bachelor’s degree. This is a much cheaper option, and it also helps prepare you for University coursework. Transfer students do not need to take the SAT or ACT.
“A Degree with a Guarantee”
There is a program available to California community college students that guarantee admission to a CSU! It is a special associate degree for transfer. It is currently limited to certain majors. These majors are listed on the program website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/Degrees.aspx
There are many community college campuses located in California. Fortunately some of the best are very close to Culver City! Click on the links below for application information:
to name a few...more information to come. And, if you are serious about applying to SMC or El Camino, check this out:
Summer Jams @ SMC!
Summer Jams is a 10 day orientation designed for incoming freshman to ease the transition from High School to College. It includes fun dynamic activities that will strengthen your study skills and introduce you to college-level coursework. It also includes free tutoring, priority enrollment, academic counseling, and guaranteed Math & English classes! For more information please visit the Summer Jams website.
-You need to be a first time college student.
-Place into pre-college level math and english during the SMC assessment tests.
-Be available during the entire two weeks of the summer program.
-Check the SMC Summer Jams website at the end of fall semester for the summer 2016
application information to be released!
Or, if El Camino is your preference, try...
First Year Experience @ El Camino!
The First Year Experience (FYE) at El Camino College is a program designed to prepare incoming freshman for academic success in college. It includes a summer orientation, as well as events throughout the school year. If you decide to participate in the FYE you will be offered early registration, a FYE counselor, learning community courses, college success strategies, field trips to various universities, guest speakers, and peer mentors. Please visit the El Camino College First Year Experience website for more information!
Most careers require at least a Bachelor’s degree. If you are serious about obtaining a Bachelor’s degree, you may want to consider a CSU. A CSU is a great choice if you want a high quality education that is much cheaper than a UC or private university.
CSU campuses are located all throughout California. If you don’t want to travel too far from home, they have a few campuses located in Los Angeles County. Below are the links to the freshman requirements page for each university:
Applications for Fall 2016 will open October 1st! The deadline to submit these applications is on November 30th!!!
CSU campuses use the website www.csumentor.edu for applications.
The CSU Mentor website has many resources, including:
*You can log on to CSU Mentor and create an account today!
SAT or ACT?
CSU campuses use either the SAT or the ACT to determine your “eligibility index”. The eligibility index is a weighted combination of your High School GPA (10th-12th grade) and your SAT or ACT test score.
**In many cases, you will need to have taken an SAT once in order to apply to many four-year colleges.
*For more information about general CSU requirements, please visit: https://secure.csumentor.edu/planning/high_school/
*These tests are often taken during the spring semester of your junior year in High School. This will provide you with an opportunity to retake the test, if needed, in the fall semester of your senior year. Your last opportunity to take the tests is in December (You must register one month before).
FAFSA (Financial Aid)
The FAFSA process can seem intimidating and difficult, but it is actually quite easy if you know what you are doing. Click on the link below for detailed information and resources on the starting and completing the FAFSA.
Are you having trouble deciding what career is right for you? careeronestop.org is a great resource for career exploration, training, and jobs. You can find a great deal of information on different careers and take assessment tests for your interests and skills.
Have you ever wondered what the career you want is actually like? Visit the FAFSA Made Easy youtube channel for videos that highlight the day-to-day activities of professionals working in field you are interested in!
Snag A Job
snagajob.com is a good resource for finding a job in your area. You need to create an account as a “Job Seeker”. Once you create an account you can search for jobs by name or openings in your area. There are links provided for you to apply for the jobs online straight from the website. They even provide you with some advice and resources if you are having trouble “snagging” a job: