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) 801-7540

Please note our new telephone number: (562) 801-7540

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:

Generation 1st Degree Pico Rivera - Leader Program
Michelle Sandoval
Monday, Wednesday & Friday   9:30AM - 3:00PM

Arlene Rodriguez
Monday & Wednesday 7:30AM - 4:00PM
Friday 7:30AM - 10:30AM

Jocelyn Estrada
Tuesday  11:00AM - 3:00PM
Thursday & Friday  8:00AM - 3:30PM

Cal State LA
Stephanie Cuevas
Thursday (every other)
8:00AM - 1:00PM

Jocelyne Perez
Monday  8:00AM - 12:00PM
Wednesday  8:00AM - 3:00PM
Friday  8:00AM - 12:00PM

Denise Viera
Monday  8:00AM - 12:00PM
Wednesday  9:00AM - 3:00PM
Friday  9:00 AM - 2:00PM

Rio Hondo College
Jonae Varela
Friday  8:00AM - 3:00PM

Sign up in the CCC to meet with these representatives: 

• Army National Guard - Tuesday, February 13th - Quad during lunch

• US Marines - Wednesday, February 21st - Quad during lunch

• US Army - Thursday, February 22nd - Quad during lunch

Click Here for 2017-2018 ACT/SAT Exam Dates and Fees

The next exam will be on April 14, 2018. Fee waivers are available to eligible Juniors. Registration deadline is Friday, March 9, 2018.

To register online for ACT: Click here

The next exam will be on March 10, 2018.  Fee waivers available to Juniors who are CSU eligible and receive free/reduced lunch.  Registration deadline is February 9, 2018.

To register on-line for SAT: Click here 

Understanding your PSAT scores:

Use these instructions to send ACT/SAT scores to Colleges and Universities:

COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Are you interested in taking a class at a Community College?

Click Here for


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.

Applying to Out-of-State and Private schools through College Greenlight allows you to complete one (1) application to send to multiple colleges.  As an added benefit, participating colleges have agreed to waive the application fee.  Click Here to begin your 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) - Click Here to create your portal to see if you qualify for a Cal Grant.

This chart will explain the different types of student loans:

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 27, 2018

Applicant Must:
• Be female, a U.S. Resident and a high school senior
• Live within the boundaries of the National Charity League Whittier Chapter
(Pico Rivera, Whittier, La Habra, La Habra Heights, La Mirada or Hacienda Heights)
• Provide proof of community service whether at school or in the community
• Submit any college acceptance letters received to date
• Attach a copy of high school transcript
• Include a short essay (100 words or less) about self and future goals
• Submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher, advisor or community leader

Deadline:  February 28, 2018

Eligibility requirements:
• All heritages are welcome to apply
• Minimum 3.0 GPA
• Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited 4-year college or university in Fall 2018
• Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, DACA recipient or eligible non-citizen
• Be a high school senior graduating from OR a graduate of El Rancho High School

Click Here for online application

Deadline:  February 28, 2018

Eligibility Requirements:
• Must be attending an accredited institution of higher education as a full-time undergraduate student pursuing an academic discipline by Fall 2018
• Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
• 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.

Click Here for online application

Deadline:  March 2, 2018

• Current senior in high school
• Open to female and male students
• Minimum GPA 3.0
• Planning to attend a 4-year college/university by Fall 2018 leading to a degree through a course of study related to mining, geology, engineering or environmental studies.

Deadline:  March 16, 2018

• Graduating senior planning to enroll in a 2- or 4-year college or university
• Minimum 3.0 GPA
• Evidence of community or school involvement
• Short essay (not to exceed 700 words)

Please answer ONE (1) of the following three essay prompts. Your essay should not exceed 700 words, there is no minimum length. Be sure to address each portion within your chosen essay prompt.
  • Prompt 1:  
    Describe the impact that attending college will have on your future. What do you hope to achieve by going to college? How will your future benefit by obtaining a degree? How do you see your college aspirations and future career benefitting the community at large?
  • Prompt 2:
    Write about a person who has been uniquely influential in your life. Explain how this person came into your life and speak to what insight or wisdom this person imparted to you. How has the influence of this person impacted your view toward attending college and being a part of your community?
  • Prompt 3:
    Describe an obstacle or difficult life experience that you have overcome. How has this motivated you to pursue your future education? What might your life be like if you had not overcome this obstacle? What advice would you give others that are facing a similar hardship in their life?

Click Here for online application

Deadline:  March 31, 2018

Eligibility Requirements:
• El Rancho High School senior graduating Spring 2018
• Latino(a)/Hispanic or Native American heritage
• First generation college student
• Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited 4-year college/university in the US during Fall 2018

Application is a fillable PDF.  Please TYPE all requested information BEFORE printing.

Must submit two (2) letters of recommendation: one from outside the school, and one from inside the school. Letters can come from teachers, school counselors or administrators, former supervisors, coaches, and other people who have interacted with the student in an educational or professional environment.

·       RECOMMENDERS, please use the confidential letter of recommendation form available by Clicking Here.

Deadline:  April 3, 2018 at 3:30PM

• High school senior accepted to a 4-year college/university or attending community college during Fall 2018
• Minimum GPA of 2.5
• Proof of involvement in social justice activities or community service
• Parent is a member of a union

Application is a fillable PDF.  Please TYPE requested information BEFORE printing.

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:

• Carl's Jr.
9400 Slauson Ave., Pico Rivera

• Del Taco
8650 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera

8692 Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera
9325 Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera

• Taco Bell
9180 Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera

• Wendy's
8450 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera

• Yogurtland
8756 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera

Click Here for link to online application.  Deadline to submit is February 16, 2018.

Deadline: March 2, 2018

Eligibility requirements:
• 11th grade El Rancho High School student
• Minimum GPA of 3.0
• Demonstrate active involvement in community or extra-curricular activities (e.g. ASB, athletics, clubs, performing arts, etc.)
• Teacher recommendation

Tour will take place Thursday, April 5 - Saturday, April 7 2018.  Students will visit Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, Notre Dame De Namur, UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University.

Click Here for NCCE Step 1 of Application - Application must be completed in one sitting. You cannot save and return to complete.

Click here for NCCE Step 2 of Application (Recommendation Form. Please print.)

Deadline:  March 23, 2018

Have you ever dreamed of visiting our nation’s capital and learning about how our government works? CHCI has an all-expense paid leadership experience designed just for Latino high school students. Spend a week exploring Washington, D.C., while creating lasting friendships and wonderful memories. Participate in R2L® NextGen and make this a summer to remember.  You can choose to attend June 24-29 or July 15-20, 2018.

Students who wish to apply must:

  • Be a current 10th or 11th grade student
  • Demonstrate interest in learning more about civic engagement

All individuals are welcome to apply. However, preference is given to individuals with financial need.