College & Career Center (G-1)

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Our office is open to assist you with questions about college applications, financial aid, SAT and ACT exams and work permits.

Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
(562) 801-5325
Welcome to the College Career Center web page.

Representatives from special programs are available to offer students one-on-one assistance and answer questions about college. See the Program Advisor for an application to join one of these excellent programs.  Advisor schedules are as follows:

Be A Leader Rio Hondo
Michelle Sandoval Jonae Varela
Monday - Friday Monday
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tri-Cities ROP CSU Los Angeles
Adele Cuevas Fernanda Napoles
Monday & Thursday 2nd-4th Friday of each month
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

EAOP-UC Irvine EAOP-UC Irvine
Andrew Cronin Denisse Viera
Mondays & Wednesdays Monday, Wednesday & Friday
7:30 AM - 1:30 PM 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Arlene Rodriguez
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday & Thursday
7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Sign up in the CCC to meet with these representatives:     

• Cerritos College - Tuesday, February 28th - Quad during lunch

• U. S. Army - Thursday, March 3rd - Quad during lunch


Click Here for a calendar of ACT/SAT test dates, deadlines and fees for 2016-2017.

The next exam will be administered on April 8, 2017.  Deadline to register is Friday, March 3, 2017.  Fee waivers available to Juniors who qualify.

To register online for ACT: Click here

The next exam will be administered on March 11, 2017.  Deadline to register is Tuesday, February 21st.   Fee waivers available to Juniors who are CSU eligible and receive free/reduced lunch.

To register on-line for SAT: Click here 



COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Are you interested in taking a class at a Community College?
Click Here to apply online. Stop by the College/Career Center if you need assistance.

Class Schedules:

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Most private schools have later deadlines. Deadline dates can be found on each individual school's website. Click Here to use The Common Application. Click Here to use The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success application.

FAFSA and CA Dream Act  (Federal Aid)
Prepare for FAFSA by creating a FSA ID for yourself and your parent.
CSS FINANCIAL AID PROFILE - Required for Private Schools

Click Here to apply for FAFSA  - U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a Social Security number

Click Here to apply for CA Dream Act - Not a U.S. citizen, do not have a Social Security number

Cal Grant  (State Aid)

WEBGRANTS for Students - Click on the link to create an account to check your Cal Grant status

Understanding and Comparing Loans
The following is a link to a site that will assist students and parents in understanding the different type of loans available.  It will also allow you to compare loans to determine which is best for you.  Click Here
All scholarship applications are available in paper form in the College Career Center unless an online link has been provided.

Deadline:  February 28, 2017

• High school senior applying to an accredited institution of high education as a full-time undergraduate student
• Must have a minimum GPA of 3.00
• Must be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident of Hispanic origin
• Preference is given to students who have demonstrated leadership or mentoring qualities through their record of involvement and participation in civic activities in school or in their communities.

Deadline:  February 28, 2017

Eligibility requirements:
• Graduating senior from El Rancho High School
• Minimum GPA of 3.00
• U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen
• Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college/university in the Fall of 2017

Deadline: March 24, 2017

• High school senior graduating by Spring 2017 with plans to enroll in an accredited college or university in Fall 2017
• Parent or guardian is a full-time paid member or volunteer of the police, sheriff or fire department
• Verified community service

Deadline:  March 30, 2017

• High school senior accepted to a 4-year college/university for Fall 2017
• Resident of Pico Rivera
• U.S. Citizen
• Minimum GPA of 3.50
• Must demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in athletics, the arts, academic organizations, extracurricular activities and/or community service

Deadline:  The end of every month

The Contest is open to anyone 16 years of age or older.  Each essay must be at least 300 words and in response to a monthly essay prompt made available on the Website.  All essay submissions must be submitted through the Website by 11:59 PM CST.

Click Here for University Tutor Website


MALDEFScholarship Resource Guide
This is an extensive list of scholarships that may not require a valid social security number to redeem the award. It is suggested that you look through the scholarship list and select scholarships that are applicable to you.

SallieMae - 
Easy to use FREE service with no ads and no selling of user info 
Contains over 2.8 million scholarships worth more than $16 billion 
Questionnaire also offered in Spanish
Sort scholarships by name, deadline or award amount 
Adjustable match accuracy to see more or fewer awards 
View printable calendar listing all scholarship deadlines 
Register online at

Unigo Scholarship Match
Free scholarship matching service with a database of over 3.6 million scholarships. Scholarships added daily.

Click Here to register online.

To get a Work Permit:
Download a Work Permit Request Form and instructions here. Please read instructions carefully and make sure all requested information is completed. 

Students looking for Entertainment Permits must contact the Department of Industrial Relations-Division of Labor Standards at 562-590-5048.

Resume - Some employers may require you to submit a resume. There are several online templates available. If you have never had a job or are having a difficult time finding a template to use, send me an email at and I will send you a template and instructions.

The following employers are accepting applications:

1493 N. Montebello Blvd., Montebello 90640
Hosts, Servers & Dishwashers

9400 Slauson Avenue, Pico Rivera

8650 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera

8692 Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera

Deadline: 4:00 PM  Friday, March 3, 2017

The application is a fillable PDF.  Please TYPE all information possible, make sure to provide all required attachments.  Click Here for application.  Please remember to follow ALL directions carefully, as everything will be taken into consideration during the selection process.

NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE CAMP - Application due March 1, 2017

The National Youth Science Camp is a FREE residential science education program for young STEM enthusiasts the summer after they graduate from high school. Students from around the country (two are selected to represent each state and Washington, D.C.) are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have voluntary opportunities to participate in an outdoor adventure program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime.

To be eligible to attend:
  • You must be a resident of the United States
  • You must graduate from high school between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.
  • You must have documented superior academic proficiency, including recognition in mathematics or the sciences.You must have documented leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in school or community activities.
  • You must have documented skills and achievements outside the realm of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and outside the realm of academia.
  • You must demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics.
  • You must intend to pursue higher education and a career in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics related field.
  • You must be willing and able to participate in the entire National Youth Science Camp program. The 2017 NYSC dates have not yet been set, but are tentatively scheduled to be June 14 - July 8, 2017. 

CAMINOS AL FUTURO (Pre-College Summer Program)
Deadline: March 1, 2017

Caminos al Futuro is a fully-funded summer scholarship program that engages high-achieving juniors (rising seniors) from U.S. high schools in a residential academic leadership development program at the George Washington University. This program is part of the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute sponsored by GW alumnus Gilbert Cisneros and his wife, Jacki.

This program seeks to cultivate leadership potential and scholarship in rising seniors who desire to shape issues impacting Hispanic and Latinx communities. Caminos al Futuro scholars will get a chance to examine the political, economic and social transformations impacting Hispanic and Latinx communities nationwide by:

  • Conducting research, ­­­­­­content, and media analyses
  • Engaging in collaborative projects
  • Engaging with leaders who help Hispanic and Latinx communities in the United States
  • Attending site visits and performing community service

Deadline:  March 15, 2017

All student applicants must meet the following criteria:
  1. Be enrolled in a Los Angeles County high school.
  2. Be a high school senior graduating in 2017, or a high school junior graduating in 2018.
  3. Demonstrated outstanding general academic achievement with particular focus on science coursework.
  4. Participate full-time in all program activities during the eight-week period (June 19, 2017 through August 11, 2017, generally from 8am to 5pm). College tours/orientations and vacations should be scheduled so as to avoid any conflicts. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from participation in the SFP.