Catching Up with the 
College and Career Center
September 6, 2019
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Griffin Lab

Calling all Griffins! 
After school homework help is available! 
If you need a little extra help with homework, or a quiet place to study, come by the Media Center after school from 2:37-4:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays! Our awesome and highly qualified LAHS teachers are available to answer questions and lend some help during this time. 

On-Campus College Visits To The College & Career Center
We have over 30 colleges and universities scheduled for September  and don't want you to miss out! 
You must sign up 
on Naviance at least 1 
day before the visit, and 
then you MUST check 
in with your teacher on the day/period of the visit.
Here are some of the  schools visiting in September:
Western Oregon University         
Michigan State University            
Hawaii Pacific University               
University of California, 
San  Diego            
New York University       
Purdue University            
St. John's University        
University of San Diego  
Texas Christian University            
Loyola University Chicago             
Tufts University
Marymount California
University of Chicago      
Soka University of America          
Willamette University    
University of Oregon      
The Ohio State University             
University of California, Merced
New York Conservatory for
 Dramatic Arts              
The University of Iowa   
Chapman University       
University of Richmond
Southern California Institute of
University of Southern
Goucher College               
Arizona State University
Colby College     
The University of Oklahoma
Boise State University
Loyola Marymount University   
Pacific University             
High Point University      
University of Hawaii at Manoa    
Whitworth University     

* Please check Naviance for the full list. There are more schools scheduled in October and November as well!
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What's Going on in the 
College and Career Center? 
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! Here are a few things to keep in mind...
  • College Visits-  Check Naviance for frequent updates about schools visiting Los Alamitos and how you can attend 

  • Community Service, Job Openings, On and Off Campus events will continue to be updated in the College and Career Center E-Newsletter and bulletin boards in the College and Career Center

It's a New School Year!

We are excited that the 2019-2020 school 
year is already off to a great start! 

As a reminder, here in the College and Career Center we offer the following services: 
-Work Permits
-College and Career Guidance
-College Representative Visits
-PSAT, Pre ACT, ASVAB testing information
-Financial Aid and College Application Assistance
...and so much more! 
We are happy to have you come in any time before or after school, and at nutrition or lunch. 

Senior College Mini Series

Attention Seniors! The Counseling Department is proud to present the College Mini Series! These presentations will cover all you need to know on the college application process! Don't miss out! 


College Essay Night
September 17th @ 6:30 pm in the PAC
Learn the strategies for writing a compelling college application essay

Financial Aid Night
October 15th @ 6:30 pm (Location TBD)
A guest speaker will share valuable information regarding the financial aid process

Financial Aid (FAFSA) Workshops
October 22nd & 24th @ 6:30 pm in the College and Career Center
Receive one on one help completing your FAFSA application

College Application Help
Every Tuesday in NOVEMBER at lunch & after school in the College and Career Center
Great opportunity to work on your application or essay. Counselors will also be available to answer questions.

PSAT and Pre-ACT Exams

- The PSAT will take place on Wednesday, October 16th at 7:30am. 10th graders are automatically signed up, and 11th graders can pay the $22 fee in the Activities Office which will serve as their sign-up. 
The deadline to sign up for the PSAT is Wednesday, October 9th.

- The Pre ACT will take place on Saturday, November 16th at 7:30am. Students can sign up by paying the $22 fee in the Activities Office. 
The deadline to sign up for the Pre ACT is Thursday, November 7th.

*Letters will be sent home prior to the test with specific information on what students can bring on test day, where to report, etc.
If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Barton or Mrs, Schaeffer in the College and Career Center.

Back to School Series
You Spoke- We Listened!
Students completed a survey at the end of last school year asking what supports on campus were needed. This series serves to start supporting those areas. Workshops will be facilitated by School Psychologists and School Psychologist Interns. Please see the schedule below:

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines
For details and scholarship application information, check Naviance under 'Scholarships'- 
New scholarships added weekly!
Information and some copies 
also available in the      
College and Career Center

*Scholarships for Seniors are available in the Spring. We will be making announcements when they become available.

Visit for a free source on college and scholarship searches 

Here are some ongoing job opportunities:  

Current Job Listings are available on the Job Board in the College and Career Center, come pick up a flyer 
today  for more information!

fo r more information on job permits, and entertainment permits.

On Campus Events
Wednesday, October 16th 
at 7:15 AM

Saturday, November 16th 
at 7:30 AM

Off Campus Events
Please support our athletics teams and performing arts programs at their fall events!


Need a Letter of Recommendation? 
Seniors, do you need a letter of recommendation for your college or scholarship applications? Here's the best way to get one!
1. Log on to Naviance, and fill out the 2019-2020 Senior Brag Sheet under the 'About Me' section, under 'My Surveys', and then 'Surveys Not Started'. 
2. Take a printed copy of your Brag Sheet to any teacher/coach/counselor that you are asking a letter from, along with any addressed envelopes that might be needed for that person to mail in your letter (some may be electronic, it depends on the school's requirements). 
3. Don't forget to give the letter writer plenty of notice, and say "Please" and "Thank you!". 
4. It's always a good idea to follow up with a 'Thank You' note- remember that these letters take time and thought when being written!

Long Beach City College- Health Professions Expo 
The 2nd Annual Health Professions Career Exposure Summit will take place on Thursday, September 19th from 5:00-8:00pm. 
Come by Room T-1100 on the Liberal Arts Campus of LBCC to learn more about how to prepare to become a physician, physician assistant, 
veterinarian, or related healthcare professional.

Cal State University Night
All 23 CSU campuses will be represented at a College Night held on the CSU Dominguez Hills campus on Thursday, September 19th from 5:00-7:00pm. 
This is a great opportunity to get information from all of the CSU schools that you have been thinking about! 

Please register at
College Planning Calendar for Seniors


  • Register for the ACT and/or SAT if you didn't take it as a junior or if you aren't satisfied with your score and want to take it again.
  • Take a look at some college applications to start compiling all the information you will need for applications, the FAFSA, etc.
  • Take some time to complete your resume. (Some colleges will have the option to include a resume)
  • Start working on your brag sheet. (You can find this in Naviance under the About Me section.)
  • Begin brainstorming ideas for your essays/or begin your first draft of your essay(s).
  • The online application for the University of California is open; you can only submit your application during the month of November, but you can start working on it now!
  • Parents and students should reach an understanding and agreement regarding college finances and budget as they discuss the college list. Review the final college list with your family to make certain you are all on the same page about finances and the schools you'll be applying to.
  • Attend the college visits in the College and Career Center for schools you are interested in. Take every opportunity to get to know colleges and how they might (or might not) be a good fit for you.
  • Stay organized and track your deadlines! Create a checklist and calendar to chart your test scores, college application due dates, financial aid forms and deadlines, supplemental material deadlines, etc.
  • Ask your teachers and counselors for letters of recommendation if you haven't already done so.
  • Create college email accounts for all of the colleges to which you'll apply.

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