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College and career workshops and scholarship information available

 

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It's not too late to apply for college/vocational schools and now is the time to apply for scholarships.

 Ojai Unified School District is providing important links and helpful information on college and vocational school applications, financial aid workshops, and scholarship opportunities.

 

If you have not yet attended a workshop or need help figuring out how to put your application packets together, attend this workshop! Zoom Meeting by contacting college and career counselor Briana Beebe for the Zoom link and check ParentSquare and Student Square.
The application will be completed electronically and submitted in Canvas. Contact college and career counselor Briana Beebe with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

VIsit OUSD College and Career Center website for resources

To view the College and Career Center, visit: https://sites.google.com/ojaiusd.org/nhscollegeandcareercenter

To join the College and Career Center Parentsquare group, click:
https://www.parentsquare.com/groups/63271/feeds then look for the “join” button in the upper right hand corner of your screen.

Join the College and Career Center (CCC) StudentSquare group for up-to-date information about college visits, upcoming deadlines, activities, and more. Students can also request appointments by contacting Ms. Beebe via StudentSquare or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

College and career counseling now in-person

College and career counselor Briana Beebe is available for in person meetings from 2  to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the tables behind the F building. She invites students to "feel free to stop by to ask questions or just say "hi."

Still time for seniors apply for college and vocational schools

Beebe advises that "it is not too late" for seniors to apply to college and vocational schools. She stated in an email to families: "There are plenty of great schools that are still accepting applications. If you have any regrets, please check out the link below and reach out to me so that I can help you achieve your dreams." A list of schools with later application dates can be found on the link below:

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/applying-101/late-applications

Be sure you are on the email list for updates

Parents and students can also join the OUSD College and Career Center ParentSquare group for the latest updates and information. Call 805-640-4343, ext. 3, to learn how to join that group.

 

Community college Cal Grant applications are due: Sept. 2  (date postmarked) 

Ojai Unified School District has a "College and Career Ready" handbook that can be found online at:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1QFti1Qbp1t4COfN_12hJuSWxVduGltOeUZdTh2_LRmk/edit#slide=id.p

 OUSD also has an excellent site for information about colleges scholarships, college visits, financial aid information AND MORE at:

https://sites.google.com/ojaiusd.org/nhscollegeandcareercenter

 

Financial aid information

Ventura County Community College District provides financial aid information for students applying to all institutions, from college to vocational school. Presentation materials can be seen in English and Spanish at: https://www.venturacollege.edu/departments/student-services/financial-aid/resources/financial-aid-presentations.

Click on the top bar for "Financial Aid - Scholarships," then in the next window, scroll down on the right-hand column and click on "Presentations & Materials."

The Ventura College financial aid staff can also answer questions for students applying for financial aid or filling at the FAFSA form for other institutions. They can be reached Monday through Thursday at: 805-289-6369.

FAFSA forms for state federal aid was by March 2, but can still be filled out for federal aid until September

Families who want to be eligible for any type of financial aid need to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form:

https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

Deadlines for many state financial aid programs was March 2. However, the federal deadline is in September. 

 

Cal Grant also requires submission of a school-certified GPA by March 2, 2021. 

 

Scholarship information

To view scholarship databases for all institutions, visit: https://venturacollegefoundation.org/scholarships/ and scroll down near the end to "Other scholarships."

 

Ventura County Community College District Information —

BARGAIN OF THE CENTURY —

Students can attend Ventura College FREE for two years!

 

 

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Community College Apply information line: (877) 247-4836 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ventura College: (805) 289-6457

 
The Ventura College Outreach Team is excited to introduce a new high school workshop called “Zzoooomm Into VC.” These will be a series of workshops created to assist high school students with the following:

— Ventura College Application

— Open Community College District assistance

Portal set-up to communicate online with college admissions

— Orientation

— Connecting students to Support Programs & Services

These workshops will be held every Tuesday from 5 to 6:30p.m .and Wednesday 1:30 to 3 p.m. through May. Students can join  

 

 

weekly on the Zoom links below.

 

Tuesdays: Meeting Registration - Zoom: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqceChpjsvHNIsUUu9YarIq16DUz49XNf9

 

Wednesdays: Meeting Registration - Zoom: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYodeuoqz8rGNL6f9-NTeshk7PedXnSGX2h

 

Students will need to complete the Zoom registration prior to attending these workshops! They can also be directed to sign up on our website at www.venturacollege.edu/outreach 

Ventura College is committed to assisting all students in breaking down any, and all barriers that may exist. We hope with these series of workshops, we can provide support to a much higher number of students throughout Ventura County.

The Ventura College First Year Experience (FYE) program is designed to introduce new students to the expectations of higher education and connect them with campus resources designed to promote academic retention and success. Students will learn how to make informed decisions about their educational goals.

This yearlong program begins with a Spring Family Orientation and continues with Arrival Survival during a summer extended orientation. Students will learn to engage in the college experience, develop critical thinking skills to enhance academic success, and plan for a successful future at VC and beyond. We would like to invite and highly encourage your students to apply to our program.

How to Join Ventura College's First Year Experience:

https://www.venturacollege.edu/departments/student-services/first-year-experience/fye-application

 

Students can attend Ventura College FREE for two years through VC Promise, available to students who are first-year community college students who take a full load of courses.  (VC Promise is not based on income.)

Ventura College Foundation’s first-year VC Promise waives tuition fees for qualified first-year community college students who can now attend two consecutive school years at Ventura College tuition-free.

 Visit the Ventura College Office of Financial Aid's website or contact them at 805-289-6369 for more information. For more information on VC Promise, visit: https://venturacollegefoundation.org/vc-promise/

Ventura College also offers a "First Year Experience" program that provides free college counseling and priority course registration to first-year community college students. For more information on the First Year Experience, visit: https://www.venturacollege.edu/departments/student-services/first-year-experience. To sign up for the First Year Experience, call: 805-289-6438 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

To help students and their families make important decisions about investing time and money in a college education, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has created a website called Salary Surfer.

 
 
It provides comparative information about the earnings of recent California community college graduates who received an award in a specific program of study. Salary Surfer uses the aggregated earnings of graduates from a five-year period to provide an estimate on the potential wages to be earned two and five years after receiving a certificate or degree in certain disciplines. 
This tool also provides information on which colleges offer programs in those specific disciplines. Salary Surfer does not contain information about wages earned by community college students who transfer to a four-year institution. While it is useful to know the potential earnings after receiving a certificate or degree, other important considerations, such as personal interest and skill, should be used in selecting an educational program. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have additional questions or need more information about the data and methodology used to develop Salary Surfer.

 Tuesdays: Meeting Registration - Zoom: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqceChpjsvHNIsUUu9YarIq16DUz49XNf9

 

 

Wednesdays: Meeting Registration - Zoom: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYodeuoqz8rGNL6f9-NTeshk7PedXnSGX2h

 

Students will need to complete the Zoom registration prior to attending these workshops! They can also be directed to sign up on our website at www.venturacollege.edu/outreach 

Ventura College is committed to assisting all students in breaking down any, and all barriers that may exist. We hope with these series of workshops, we can provide support to a much higher number of students throughout Ventura County.

The Ventura College First Year Experience (FYE) program is designed to introduce new students to the expectations of higher education and connect them with campus resources designed to promote academic retention and success. Students will learn how to make informed decisions about their educational goals.

This yearlong program begins with a Spring Family Orientation and continues with Arrival Survival during a summer extended orientation. Students will learn to engage in the college experience, develop critical thinking skills to enhance academic success, and plan for a successful future at VC and beyond. We would like to invite and highly encourage your students to apply to our program.

How to Join Ventura College's First Year Experience:

https://www.venturacollege.edu/departments/student-services/first-year-experience/fye-application

 

Students can attend Ventura College FREE for two years through VC Promise, available to students who are first-year community college students who take a full load of courses.  (VC Promise is not based on income.)

Ventura College Foundation’s first-year VC Promise waives tuition fees for qualified first-year community college students who can now attend two consecutive school years at Ventura College tuition-free.

 Visit the Ventura College Office of Financial Aid's website or contact them at 805-289-6369 for more information. For more information on VC Promise, visit: https://venturacollegefoundation.org/vc-promise/

Ventura College also offers a "First Year Experience" program that provides free college counseling and priority course registration to first-year community college students. For more information on the First Year Experience, visit: https://www.venturacollege.edu/departments/student-services/first-year-experience. To sign up for the First Year Experience, call: 805-289-6438 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

To help students and their families make important decisions about investing time and money in a college education, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has created a website called Salary Surfer.

 
 
It provides comparative information about the earnings of recent California community college graduates who received an award in a specific program of study. Salary Surfer uses the aggregated earnings of graduates from a five-year period to provide an estimate on the potential wages to be earned two and five years after receiving a certificate or degree in certain disciplines. 
This tool also provides information on which colleges offer programs in those specific disciplines. Salary Surfer does not contain information about wages earned by community college students who transfer to a four-year institution. While it is useful to know the potential earnings after receiving a certificate or degree, other important considerations, such as personal interest and skill, should be used in selecting an educational program. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have additional questions or need more information about the data and methodology used to develop Salary Surfer.

FOR JUNIORS: Learn more about awesome colleges



Thacher School has invited Nordhoff Juniors to their virtual college fair series throughout March. These info sessions are 50 minutes long and start at 5:15 p.m. on the dates below. Check your email and Studentsquare and Parentsquare for the Zoom links or contact college and career counselor Briana Beebe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

ATTENTION current JUNIORS: Coast Guard Academy Summer Experience



The U.S. Coast Guard Academy offers students entering their senior year of high school an opportunity to experience life as a Coast Guard Academy cadet — the Academy Introduction Mission.

This program is similar to Summer Seminar offered by the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy, and the Summer Leadership Experience offered by the U.S Military Academy.

More information as well as the application link can be found at: https://www.uscga.edu/aim/

Applications are being accepted now until April 1, 2021.

Eligibility requirements are:

 • A U.S. citizen (dual citizenship is fine)
 • Between 16 and 18 years of age
 • Unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligations to support anyone including a child
 • Physically fit, in good health, with weight proportional to height
 • Of good moral character
 • Academically successful with demonstrated leadership skill and achievement outside the classroom
 • You will be covered by health insurance during your AIM session

This year there will be three session offerings - one virtual and two on campus in New London, Connecticut.

There are tuition and travel costs for the on campus session, but also some scholarship opportunities. The link above has more information on those topics.

 

University of California and California State University application deadlines 

 

For information on applying for spring 2022 at the University of California visit

https://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply-now.html

 

For information on applying for CSU campuses, visit:

https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

 

 

California DREAM Act for students who are not U.S. citizens

If you’re a noncitizen without a Social Security card or had one issued through the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, you should fill out the California Dream Act Application found at dream.csac.ca.gov. Contact the California Student Aid Commission csac.ca.gov or your financial aid administrator for more information.

 More student scholarship, loans and grants information

The U.S. Department of Education has excellent information on student loans and grants at:

https://www.ed.gov

 

Charlie Maynard, co-founder of a free scholarship search service, provides a free platform, called “Going Merry ( https://www.goingmerry.com ) to help students find and apply for private scholarships, college financial aid and government grants, in one place.

According to the founder, some 350,000 students and 7,500 school counselors use the service.

 

It also has links to:

 

— the “Common App,” which allows students to use one application to apply to multiple colleges/universities:

https://www.commonapp.org

 

— MyIntuition ( https://myintuition.org ), which provides an online calculator to give students a financial aid estimate based on six simple questions. 

 

— Fair Opportunity Project ( https://www.fairopportunityproject.org ) provides free college application and financial aid guides to every public school in America.

 

To read Maynard’s June 30, 2020 New York Times Op-Ed, “Billions in College Aid Hiding in Plain Sight,” visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/opinion/college-financial-aid.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

 

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