FALL 2023

Welcome back!

Greetings from your CVCS Counseling Department! We are looking forward to working with you this year and helping you with anything related to high school graduation, college, and career exploration, and anything else we can support you in reaching your post-graduation plans. We will be sharing our newsletter with you through our school's Weekly Buzz as well as to your school email. We hope you find this information helpful! You can reach us via phone, email, or make a Zoom appointment. You will find our contact info at the end of this newsletter. We hope to meet you soon!

CVCS Counseling Presents...

  • September 28th- Applying to a UC Recording and Slides
  • Oct. 26th @noon- Applying to a CSU Recording and Slides
  • Nov 2nd @noon- Taking college classes in high school (Concurrent Enrollment)
Recording and Slides

What will I do after high school?

College doesn't just mean a 4-year university. Our California Community College system can prepare you for the world of work by earning a short-term certificate for a specific job, an AA (2-year degree) in a specialized field, or transferring to a university to continue your education. The more education you get after high school, the more likely you are to be employed and earn more money in your lifetime. The first step in planning life after high school is to figure out what your interests are and what kind of careers match those interests. Keep reading...


Our high schools are happy to announce the availability of for College & Career Exploration. This platform provides the tools to match student interests and skills to college and career opportunities. Take career assessments and use search tools to develop college, major, and career lists, write goals and journals, track activities, and read and complete lessons on all things college, career, and financial aid! You can also launch Cal State Apply, CCCApply, and your financial aid application right from their account! It's a one-stop-shop for planning your future! Student login information was sent to the student's school-based email. You will be reminded to complete this step during your LP2 meeting as well as complete one or more Career Interest Inventories. Here are some videos to help you with those activies.
Registering Your Account
Using Career Exploration Tools - High School

College Nights

Building your college list? Want to find out more info before deciding where to apply?

Check out these events below..

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CSU College Nights: Connect with the CSU and Connect to Your Future

Campus Events

UC campus fall events for prospective students

Campuses may offer a range of opportunities, including college fairs, appointments, admissions sessions, tours and videos on admission, housing and/or financial aid and scholarships. Some will be hosted in person, while others will be offered virtually. Programming for counselors, students and families will be available.

UC Berkeley: Open House October 8; programming throughout September and October

UC Davis: Open House events throughout October; programming for counselors, families and students offered throughout the fall quarter

UC Irvine: Discover UCI October 21

UCLA: Open House October 14

UC Merced: Open House October 21

UC Riverside: Discover UCR October 7

UC San Diego: Fall Showcase October 7

UC Santa Barbara: Programming throughout October and November

UC Santa Cruz: Open House November 4

CSU Campus Events for Prospective Students

East Bay


Fall 2024 Preview Day

Save the Date! Our Fall Preview Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 2023. Learn more about campus life and the academic programs we offer. Enjoy live entertainment, food, take a campus tour and meet current students, staff, and faculty while exploring our beautiful campus.




Wildcat Weekend

Everyone is invited to attend Chico Preview Day! Participants will enjoy a campus welcome, an information fair featuring all academic programs and dozens of student service programs, a student organization fair, campus tours, University Housing tours, and more! For the first time ever, we're hosting Chico Preview Day during Homecoming Weekend, so there is something for you to do all weekend.

Phone: (800) 542-4426


CSU Monterey Bay


Open House

Visit our campus at Open House and learn about CSUMB's academic programs, financial aid, housing, campus life, athletics, internships, education abroad, undergraduate research opportunities, and various support services available to students. Open House is a great time to engage with staff, faculty, and your future fellow Otters. Join us and fully immerse yourself in the Cal State Monterey Bay student experience! Visit us at Open House and see why CSUMB is your destination campus!

Phone: (831)582-3738


Saturday October 21st, 2023 10am to 2pm

  • Explore academic programs and meet faculty members
  • On-the-spot admission decisions for freshman applicants
  • Take a campus tour
  • Family-friendly activities
  • A ton of freebies and more!

Everyone's invited to Warrior Expo! Bring the whole family.

Options after High School

Regional community Colleges

Community Colleges Career and Technical Education Programs

Look for your area of interest here or watch videos from some (not all) area community colleges's programs:

College Spotlight-CSU Fresno

Serving 486,000 students across 23 campuses, the California State University system plays an integral role in transforming the state and the lives of its people through higher education. The CSU is the largest and one of the most affordable university systems in the U.S! 21 of 23 campuses are Hispanic Serving Institutions and the CSU confers more than half of undergraduate degrees earned by California’s Latinx, African American and Native American students.

CSU Fresno is located in the heart of the Central Valley. The most popular majors at California State University--Fresno include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Psychology; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Agricultural/Animal/Plant/Veterinary Science and Related Fields; Social Sciences; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, Fitness, and Kinesiology; Engineering; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. You can request an in-person campus tour or visit virtually here.

College Spotlight-UC Merced

The University of California is a public research system founded on a bold idea: All students should have a shot at a world-class education. Each campus ranks among the best in the world! UC undergraduates come from all over California, the United States, and the world!

Did you know we have a UC campus right in our own Central Valley backyard? Yes, it's UC Merced! Check out their page for events to learn more about UC Merced, UC application tips, Financial Aid, tours (in-person and virtual), and more!

Scholarship Spotlight

The Gates Scholarship

The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of these student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential.

To learn more watch this video.

Deadline is September 15th, 2023. Apply here!

Download our most recent CVCS Scholarship Bulletin here.

Questbridge National College Match Program

Must have demonstrated academic excellence in the face of economic obstacles. Students of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to apply. Many past award recipients have been among the first generation in their families to attend college. Earn up to a 4-year full tuition scholarship!

To learn more watch this video.

Deadline is September 26th, 2023. Apply here!

Epic Flight Academy Aviation Scholarship

Open to current high school juniors and seniors for flight training and seniors for aircraft mechanics.

Deadline is October 1st, 2023. Apply here!

Cal Kids

CalKIDS is the long-awaited children’s savings account program that offers all newborns and eligible low-income public school students in California between $25 and $1,500 to start saving for college and career training. Families are encouraged to build on this investment by opening and contributing to a ScholarShare 529 account of their own and see their college savings balances all in one place. Visit today to learn more about eligibility, registering for the program, and getting started on your savings!

View the Central Schools Scholarship Bulletin

Our scholarship bulletin provides links to help you search for National, Statewide, and Local scholarships.

College Prep

PSAT-October 14th

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a standardized test administered by the College Board. While optional, the PSAT/NMSQT can qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship Program and other scholarships. Find out more here.

Central Valley Charter Schools do not provide a testing site, however, some local private and public schools have allowed our students to test with them in the past. Find a school here.

In the Fresno area, please reach out to the academic counselors at East Clovis High or Fresno Christian school. Email your interest along with the student's first and last name, and grade level. The test fee is $20. It is required that the students have a student ID to identify them on the test day.

SAT/ACT testing

While UC (University of California), CSU (California State University), and many private colleges are not requiring the SAT or ACT for admission, some colleges may use scores for placement and some scholarships may request scores with applications. Please research whether the SAT or ACT will benefit you!

  • Check here to see if your school requires test scores.
  • Click here for information about Fee Waivers.
  • Go here for free SAT prep from the College Board and Khan Academy!


See our Important Dates Calendar here for the full 2023-2024 calendar

December 1, 2023

FAFSA opens

Students who wish to be considered for federal financial aid for 2024 - 2025 must complete the FAFSA. Students will need a social security number, federal income tax returns, W2s, records of income and investments, and an electronic signature ID.

CSU applications open

Students who wish to apply to a CSU for Fall 2024 will need to complete an application. The CSU uses AG course completion and GPA to make admission decisions, but has temporarily suspended the use of the SAT/ACT. Each application costs $70.

Applying to College

How do I apply to...?

CA Community College Applying for Admission|

  • The priority application period for the Fall 2024 semester: October 1st -December 3rd.

CSU Fresno State and all other California State Universities:

UC Merced and all other University of California campuses:

Colleges using the Common Application: An application guide for first-time students

Applying to College 101

Click on this button to go to the College Board and Big Future's amazing resource for applying to college! Get all you questions answered here!

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Contact us!

Mrs. Carmen Marroquin

High School Counselor

Last Names A-L

(209) 720-7177

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Mrs. Yessenia Medina

High School Counselor

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