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


The El Rancho High School College and Career Center serves the entire student population of El Rancho High School. The purpose is to provide resources for all students in their preparation for life after high school.  Whether that includes a four year or two year college, the military, technical training or a gap year, the ERHS CCC aims to provide students with a place to research, share and learn how to pursue their goals. 

We are located in G-1 and are open Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM.  Please feel free to visit Mrs. Arriola,  our College and Career counselor to answer any of your questions or get help with any of your needs. 


Representatives from special programs are available at our enter to offer students one-on-one assistance and answer questions about college and careers

Tri-Cities ROP - Mayra Campos

Monday-Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Rio Hondo - Johnathon Olmos

Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Talent Education Search (TES) -Mina Teimourijam

Tuesday-Thursday 8:30 AM-3:00 PM

CAL SOAP LA - Keren Osorno

Monday 8:00 AM -3:00 PM

***FEE WAIVERS available for the SAT and ACT. Visit the CCC for a code***

SAT Exams will not be administered at El Rancho High School due to the pandemic until further notice. College Board is working on updating the website by canceling the SAT dates at El Rancho. However, their website will allow you to register at El Rancho DO NOT register to take the SAT at El Rancho High School. El Rancho is NOT currently an SAT testing center, please make sure you register for a different location.

SAT & ACT test scores will not be used for admission for the CSU and UC system. You DO NOT need any test scores to apply to a CSU or UC for the class of 2022.; If you would like to look up your school to verify if you need test scores for admission visit this website:

Questions? email Mrs. Arriola or visit the CCC.


Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is available.

To register on-line for SAT: Click here

For SAT test dates and registration deadlines: Click here

***Looking to get the best score possible? Get Official SAT Practice online with Khan Academy for FREE.


Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is available.

To register online for ACT: Click here

For ACT test dates and registration deadlines: Click here


Be sure to send your scores to the colleges/universities where you intend to apply.  Be sure to use FREE score reports within the allotted time or you will be charged  - ACT $13 to each campus, SAT $12 to each campus.


Are you interested in taking a class at a Community College? As a high school student you are required to apply and complete a Concurrent Enrollment form every semester.

NEED A RIO HONDO TRANSCRIPT for High School? Click Here


College courses are not not make up High School classes. The purpose of college classes during high school is for enrichment. Therefore, we highly ENCOURAGE students to have a 2.5 GPA to take college courses.

Do you need help looking up classes on the Rio Hondo online catalog? This video will help you. Click Here

Steps to register for Rio Hondo classes

STEP 1 Complete a Rio Hondo application online every semester.

When you complete your application online make sure you use your PERSONAL EMAIL and your LEGAL NAME. Your name needs to match your birth certificate and match our school records.

  • Go to Rio Hondo to complete your application:
  • Make sure to save your confirmation number, you will need to email it to Mrs. Arriola.
  • Rio Hondo will email you your ID number within 24 hours if you are a new student, you will need it for step 2.
  • Make sure to keep your Rio Hondo ID number for future use, it begins with 001
  • If you forgot your ID number, email Mrs.Arriola your confirmation number and DOB

Need help completing the application online?

  • If you are a NEW student and you have NEVER taken community college classes before Click Here
  • If you are a RETURNING student and have taken community college classes before Click Here

STEP 2 - Complete the Concurrent/Dual Enrollment Form

  • You will need to complete a Dual Enrollment Form - click here for the form
  • Email the completed form and your confirmation number to Mrs. Arriola
  • Once the form has been processed by Rio Hondo you will be emailed with further instructions.

STEP 3 - Register online for the class

  • You will be receive an email letting you know that you can add your class to your portal
  • The email will contain all the step to add your class
  • If you need help logging into your portal Click Here
  • If you need help adding your classes, view this video: Click Here

Still need help? - email Mrs. Arriola or schedule a Zoom Meeting

Rio Hondo College representative is available to assist on Fridays from 8:30AM-3:30PM.
Click Here for AccessRIO

Click Here if you're a FIRST TIME college student (never attended before) and want to attend Cerritos College

Class Schedules for surrounding community colleges:

Rio Hondo College Schedule

Cerritos College Schedule

East Los Angeles College Schedule

Mt. San Antonio College Schedule

Pasadena City College Schedule

*FEE WAIVERS for the CSU and UC are in the application. If you don't qualify for a fee waiver please come to the CCC to pick up a scholarship application to cover one application.


To apply you need to sign in through your CCGI account. Click here to launch CCGI

CSU application: Click Here


  • Application is now available
  • Window to submit application: Nov. 1 - December 4
  • Attend a virtual informational webinar. UC for You- Click Here to Register

To apply you need to sign in through your CCGI account. Click here to launch CCGI

UC Application: Click Here

Personal Insight Questions (PIQ) information

Click here to get more information on PIQ's

Click here for a Personal Insight Questions Guide


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.


Get help completing your FAFSA or Dream Act
Stop by G-1 for Assistance


Click Here to see CAL GRANT Information

Prepare for FAFSA by creating a FSA ID for yourself and your parent. Click Here to create a FSA ID

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

CSS FINANCIAL AID PROFILE - Required for Private Schools

Click Here to access Web Grants - Log in to your WebGrants 4 Students to understand your Cal Grant and other information.

Different loans that are offered:

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.


This is the ninth year of the Jeraldine Bates Family Scholarship Fund which is designed to be a four-year scholarship for university-bound students. Two $6,000 scholarships are awarded each year to two deserving students. These scholarships can be renewed for three additional academic years if the student recipients meet academic and involvement standards at the university. Last year two students from El Rancho High School were awarded scholarships.

Last day to apply: April 29, 2022 

*** IMPORTANT *** Keep in mind the application needs to be mailed. 

Award: $6,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Resident of  Pico Rivera
  • High School Senior accepted to a four-year university or college for Fall 2022
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in athletics, the arts, academic organizations, extracurricular activities, and/or community service

Stop by the College and Career Center to pick up a application



Last day to apply: April 30, 2022 at 3:30 pm

Fill out all information , make sure to sign and date completed application and return all documents via email to by date and time of deadline.

Award: $250.00 awarded in goods (Choose from a mini refrigerator, school supply voucher, chrome book or printer) 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • High School Senior accepted to a 4-year college/university, community college or vocational school for Fall 2022
  • Minimum GPA 2.0
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
How to Apply:

  • Complete and submit the application and must meet eligibility requirements
  • Submit a copy of your transcript
For any questions please contact:

Luz Revuelta at 562-801-7553 or

Click here for fillable application

* For a hard copy of the application please visit the College and Career Center *



Project LEAP is a coeducational, nationwide virtual program designed to aid high school students in reaching their full potential by helping them discover their lifelong purposes. Project LEAP works as a guide that serves to make crucial connection between the individual and real world.

Last day to apply: April 30, 2022

Program Features:

  • Consideration of $25,000+ in scholarship funds
  • One on One peer mentorship from a current college students studying in a closely related field of interest
  • A Letter of Recommendation from an elected leader
  • A distinguished leader graduation cord
  • Additional college and career preparation workshops
  • Project LEAP Alumni Networking Opportunities and More

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Freshman GPA 3.0
  • Sophomore and Junior GPA 3.25
  • Attend high school in the United States 
  • US citizenship is NOT required. Undocumented students may apply without disclosing their citizenship status
Click here to apply on-line


The Steps For Change Scholarship is an income and merit-based scholarship awarded to high school seniors applying to a college or university to further their career goals. Students from low income families are recognized for their capacity to lead and commitment to making a significant impact on communities. Award recipients must display academic excellence, exude passion in empowering the community, and exemplify a desire for continuous personal growth.

Last day to apply: May 2, 2022

Award: $2,000

Eligibility Requirements: The applicant MUST:

  • Be of legal status in the United States
  • Be a current high school senior expecting to graduate in 2022
  • Be in the process of applying to, or accepted to, a college or university
  • Have a household income of less that $55,000
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5

How to Apply:

  • Complete a scholarship application using the link below. 

Click Here for Online Application Click Here for PDF Application

  • Email transcript to
  • Email One letter of recommendation to
  • A one-minute video answering the question: How would you value yourself? Please be sure to state your full name at the beginning of the video and submit the video via email to Applicant may also upload to YouTube and send us a link to the video.


The Lupe M. Contreras Fund (LCSF) was established in 2006 to honor the life of an amazing woman with a passion to serve others. The Memorial Scholarship began in 2007 at Santa Fe High School, honoring women pursuing a college degree. In addition, LCSF has contributed funds to find a cure for ovarian cancer.

Last day to apply: May 13, 2022

Award: $1,500

  • Female, College-Bound Seniors Whittier Union HS District, Norwalk-La Mirada USD, St. Paul HS and El Rancho HS
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Demonstrated leadership and commitment to community service
  • Scholar-athletes and female students who will attend CSU or community college will be given priority
  • Lupe M. Contreras family members and relatives are not eligible
  • Complete Lupe M. Contreras Memorial Scholarship Application
  • Transcript
  • College acceptance letter (funds will be released upon proof of enrollment in college)
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • one letter of recommendation
  • 2 Essays
*** IMPORTANT *** Applications must be received by Friday, May 13, 2022. No postmarks will be accepted. Send all application materials to:
Lupe Contreras Scholarship Fund
12102 Harvest Avenue
Norwalk, CA 90650



The STEM Stars Actuarial Scholars Program promotes diversity in the actuarial profession by offering college-bound students interested in pursuing a career as an actuary a scholarship of $20,000; $5,000 annually for four years, subject to award terms. Along with financial support, the program includes mentoring, tutoring, immersion experiences, and guaranteed internships.

Last day to apply: May 15, 2022

Award: $20,000; $5,000 annually for for years

  • Current high school seniors or college-bound students
  • At least one birth parent who is: Black/African American, Middle Eastern or North African, Latin or Native North American
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0, or SAT Math: 600+ or ACT: 21+
  • Demonstration of acumen in Math: Algebra, Calculus, state tests (Proficient or Advanced), Advanced Placement classes 
  • Alternative: "B" average or better in other subjects
  • Recommendation provided by principal, teacher, guidance, counselor or another professional
  • Intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession 
  • Evidence of financial need considered as a factor  (The award will be divided to cover multiple semesters or other terms comprising one academic year. Students must complete a renewal application in order to receive a scholarship in years 3, 3, and 4. All scholarship awards are made payable to the U.S. accredited educational institution. Recipients attending school for a portion of the upcoming year (e.g., one semester) will receive the corresponding portion of a full-year scholarship amount


The PB&J Scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed. This annual scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed. With no GPA requirement, students are encouraged to apply as this scholarship is meant to be inclusive.

Last day to apply: May 31, 2022

Award: $1,000

  • Be a current High School Senior
  • Plan on attending a 2 or 4 year college next school year

Requirement: Write an essay, letter of recommendation, and official transcript.
Applicants will be evaluated based on their essay and letters of recommendation. Please note: letters of recommendation must directly reference the student's challenges. If the applicant does not wish to share their challenges with their recommender, then the recommendation must reference the student's personal character.

Winners will be notified in August.


The scholarship fund is targeting students attending identified community colleges in the Southern California area. The Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for at least two consecutive years for students attending a community college in the Los Angeles, Ventura County, and Orange County areas.

Last day to apply: June 1, 2022


  • Each recipient will receive two thousand dollars ($2,000) a year for up to three years with $1,000 granted each semester
  • Checks will NOT be sent to individual students; they will be mailed to the respective Scholarship/Finance Aid Office of the college the recipient is attending for disbursement according to the college's guidelines
  • Priority consideration will be given to first generation college-bound students; and students living in non-traditional homes
  • Preferences will be given to students who plan to pursue non-traditional careers
  • Recipients are selected by a committee established by the AJ Wang Foundation; there will be no grace period for acceptance and no appeals for students who are not granted the award
  • Application materials must be received via email no later than mid-night on June 1.
  • Notification of awards will be provided by late July via email
  • All recipients will be known as the AJ Wang Foundation Scholars

Applicant must:

  • Be a resident or citizen of the United States of America and its territories or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) and/or Dream Act eligible
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of  2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Be a graduating high school senior from an accredited high school with the goal to attend a community college and earn a degree or certification, and/or meet transfer requirement
  • Commit to enroll as a full time (minimum of 12 unites) student, without interruption, for the entire academic school year at one of the above mentioned community colleges

Applicant must submit:

  1. Official application form
  2. Resume
  3. Transcript including 9th grade through at least the first semester of senior year
  4. Final transcript submitted along with full time fall registration no later than August 15 after the award is granted

Please email all materials to:

Dr. Chiung-Sally Chou, Executive Director at

For an application, please visit the College and Career Center


Last day to apply: Available All Year

Applicants must be the child of one of the following:

  • Active duty, reserve, or veteran U.S. Marine.
  • A Marine killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Active duty, reserve, or veteran U.S. Navy Corpsman who is/was attached to a U.S. Marine Corps unit or who was killed while serving with a U.S. Marine Corps unit.
  • A U.S. Navy Chaplain or Religious Programs Specialist who is/was attached to a U.S. Marine Corps unit or who was killed while serving with a U.S. Marine Corps unit.

Click Here to get more information and to apply


MALDEF - This is an extensive handbook with a list of scholarships

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  • Contains over 2.8 million scholarships
  • Questionnaire also offered in Spanish Features
  • Sort scholarships by name, deadline or award amount
  • View printable calendar listing all scholarship deadlines
  • Register online at


Students may download and complete all information on the PERMIT TO EMPLOY AND WORK. Please ensure that all the required signatures are on the form. Completed forms may be accepted at the College and Career Center and are also via e-mail. Forms and questions can be directed to Nadya Rangel,

Download Work Permit Application Click Here

Once the form is completely filled please bring it to the College & Career Center
In order to be eligible for a work permit you must have a 2.0 GPA

We also process work permits for Non-ERHS students who live in Pico Rivera.

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


Some employers may require you to submit a resume. There are several online templates available. Here is a website that gives you ideas on how to create your resume Click Here.  Google Docs and Microsoft Word offers free templates as well.  If you have never had a job or are having a difficult time finding a template, please come to the college career center or email Mrs. Arriola for assistance.


Fall 2021 Internship Program with Congresswoman Linda Sanchez

Teens Volunteer is looking for students who want to volunteer virtually
Click Here to view the flyer
Click Here for the website

The Emily Shane Foundation is looking for mentors/tutors

  • You need to be a Junior/Senior
  • 3.0 GPA or Higher
  • Willing to volunteer a minimum of 1hr two times a week

Fill this application and email it to

Application: Click Here

Tri-Cities ROP

Come and Visit our ROP advisor

Mayra Campos

Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 7:30am-4:00pm

For more information call College and Career Center (562) 801-7540
or visit us in room G-1

for additional information