College and Career Preparation

Understanding Your PSAT Scores

College Bound Symposium 

College Bound Symposium - Intro to College Fridays:

UC Irvine - College Friday:

Cal Poly - College Friday:

Opening PowerPoint (College Symposium Presentation 4-year Bound)

California State University Presentation at Madison (FAFSA, Naviance, CalState Apply App)

How to fill out the FAFSA

Visit these websites to learn more about what it takes to be ready for future college and career opportunities:

California Career Zone

Learn about yourself, the employment options available to you and the training that will prepare you for them.

City of San Diego

Internship and Work Readiness Opportunities

Connect2Careers San Diego

  • Search through thousands of local job opportunities
  • Access resources to help you create a résumé, prepare for an interview and more
  • Get one-on-one support from a peer job coach
  • Register for job fairs, where you can meet employers in-person to show them how great you are

Federal Apprenticeship Opportunities

Earn and train at the same time, while building life-long career skills.

Visit these websites to gain valuable volunteer experience:

United Way of San Diego

Other helpful resources for students and families

Career & College Readiness

The following free career exploration and planning resources were developed using public funds and can easily be used in conjunction with California Career Resource Network tools. 

The CalJOBSSM system is California’s online resource to help job seekers and employers navigate the state’s workforce services. The enhanced system allows users to easily search for jobs, build résumés, access career resources, find qualified candidates for employment, and gather information on education and training programs. provides information about higher education in California for students, counselors, and parents. Students can explore the full range of accredited public and non-profit colleges and universities in California and nationwide.

California Employment Development Department Labor Market Information for Job Seekers and Students Web page provides job search tools and resume tips, information about jobs that are in, or will be in, high demand. It also enables users to explore local jobs with the Occupation Profile tool.

CareerOneStop Get My Future provides information, tools, and links to resources to help anyone age 16 to 24. Users can explore careers, learn about and locate training or education programs, and conduct a successful job search. The goal of this site is to help young adults overcome barriers and plan and achieve a path to career success.

Making My Future Work is a curriculum manual that contains 80 lessons across four modules focusing on themes of self-exploration, career exploration, 21st-century skills and entry into college. The lessons were initially designed for the high school grades but are being adapted for mentoring among middle school youth, educational activities among incarcerated youth, college access programs, class electives in middle school, mobile platforms, and activities for youth in after-school programs.

New World of Work: High School Video Lessons is a project of the California Community Colleges. They created a “Top 10” list of 21st Century Skills and then developed a video series providing an overview of each of the skills. The videos are geared to high school students. 

Staying Safe at Work: A Curriculum for Teaching Workers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities about Health and Safety on the Job is a six-lesson training program designed to teach basic occupational safety and health knowledge and skills to young and older workers, and students with disabilities.

U. S. Department of Labor Career One Stop Toolkit provides employment information and inspiration for job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals.

Youth@Work: Talking Safety Curriculum for California is a free curriculum that teaches basic safety skills through the use of highly participatory activities such as games, small group hands-on activities, and role plays. It also includes adapted activities for teaching youth with cognitive or learning disabilities.

College Admission Requirements and Higher Education Information

The State of California offers community colleges, California State Universities (CSU), and University of California (UC) for students who wish to continue their education after high school.

In order to attend a community college, a student need only be a high school graduate or 18 years of age. In order to attend a CSU, a student must have taken specific high school courses, have the appropriate grades and test scores, and have graduated from high school. A student may also transfer to a CSU or UC after attending a community college.

For more information on college admission requirements, please refer to the following webpages: - This is the official website of the California Community College system. It offers links to all of the California Community Colleges. - This website provides information to students and their families on the CSU system, an online application, and links to all CSU campuses. - This website provides information regarding admissions, an online application, and links to all UC campuses. - Conduct college searches, search for scholarships, register for SAT testing and more on this website. - College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2024 SchoolMessenger Corporation. All rights reserved.