January 2022

Happy New Year!

Welcome back high schoolers!

Spring semester starts now! Remember, your semester grades matter! They are permanent on your transcript, determine whether you earn credit toward graduation, and are used to calculate your GPA. Get organized and start off on the right foot in 2022! Need help? Check out the High School and Life Management Cohort that meets Tuesdays from 3-4pm. New cohort starts this month! See details in the High School Weekly Offerings flyer below.

Did you know Central Valley Schools have a Podcast?

Lates Podcast episode-Episode 4 - Hard/Soft Skills and Job Corps Alumni

If you have missed other episodes, check out our YouTube Channel: Click Here!


Click here for the full 2021-2022 calendar

January 28th: Last day to drop a college course without a “W”

February 11th: Last day to add or drop a high school class

March 2nd: Deadline for FAFSA and CADAA applications

March 11th: Last day to drop a college course and receive a ‘W’ instead of an F (Not Recommended)

Taking the SAT or ACT?

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 registration dates, deadlines, and test dates.

Social-Emotional Resources

Headspace for Teens

Headspace is now free for all teens in the US. If you’re between the ages of 13–18 years old in the US, click below to learn more and how to sign up for Headspace for free through our partners:

Sign yourself up through Peer Health Exchange

SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) 1 and 2

5 Credit Elective Class for All High School Students!

SEL Class focuses on helping students deal with everyday emotional stress. Tell your HST if you are interested in adding this class for Spring.

Click Here for Details



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Register your account! You're missing out on a great tool to help match your interests and skills to college and career opportunities! You can research on your own, or with your peers at one of my live sessions! Student login information was sent to your student school-based email. You can also click on the live links below for videos on how to complete each step.

Counseling Corner Live!

Join Mrs. Marroquin, your high school counselor, Tuesdays from 12-12:30 pm here for once a month, grade-level college and career exploration!

  • 11th graders meet 1st Tuesdays
  • 10th graders meet 2nd Tuesdays
  • 9th graders meet 3rd Tuesdays
  • drop-in office hours 4th Tuesdays

This month's topic: Using The College Board's "Big Future" to plan for YOUR future! Earn scholarships by planning for college.

Past topics:

  • "Registering your account" See the recording here.
  • "Understanding Financial Aid". See the recording here.
  • "Introduction to Financial Aid" and "The Cost of College" See the recording here.
  • Scholarships See the recording here.
  • Your high school transcript See the recording here.
College 101

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


4 year college not for you? Interested in learning about other Post-Secondary Options?


Job Corps is the largest, FREE vocational program that offers training in over 82 Career Options at 123 centers across the U.S!

Job Corps Cohort – Open to All High School and Middle School Students interested in learning about the largest, FREE Vocational Program!

Click Here for Details ++ Zoom Link:

College & Career Cohort – Open to All High School and Middle School Students interested in learning about Post-Secondary options, while working on Resume, Cover Letter, Application Help, Interviewing Skills, and more!

Click Here for Details ++ Zoom Link:

Job Corps Fair-missed the live session? Watch the recording here

Questions? Email to find out more about Job Corps!

Technical Education Careers at your local Adult School

Many adult schools offer great job training programs for high school graduates! Programs are free or low-cost compared to private technical colleges. Check out the following links to find an Adult Education Center near you!

State Center Adult Education Consortium

Sequoia Adult Education Consortium

Gateway Adult Education Network

Salinas Valley Adult Education Programs

College Spotlight-Merced College

Did you know Merced College ...

  • offers 82 associate degree majors and over 50 certificate programs?
  • has a Los Banos campus?
  • transferred 620 students to a CSU?
  • offers 12 collegiate sports and holds 10 championships?


Merced College offers over 82 Associate in Science (AS) and Associate in Arts (AA) degrees. Many degrees include a guaranteed transfer to four-year institutions - Associate Degree for Transfer (AST and AAT).

  • View the complete list of degrees here.


MC offers classes or programs which are more industry-focused than programs leading to an associate degree. Short-term training can help you brush up on basic skills, master specialized skills, and gain an edge in the job market such as

Career Technical Education-Cutting edge training for high tech, high wage job preparation

Automotive Technology

CAD Mechanical Design

CISCO Academy Computer Networking

Diesel Equipment Technology

Industrial Electrical Technician

Mechanized Agriculture

Welding Technology

Certificate Programs

Automotive Technology

Fire Technology

HVAC Technician


Real Estate

Administrative Office Professional

Vocational Nursing

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Child Development

... Many More

  • View the list of degrees and certificates offered at College

Business Resource Center

Emerging Leaders Institute

Customer Service Academy

Diversity Academy

General Business

Industry Certificates

Tech & Social Media

Technical Office Occupations

Medical Assistant

Watch a welcome video here!

Past Community College Spotlights....

What can Fresno City College offer you? Watch the video!



Class of 2022-Check out “Your Future Fridays!” with your high school counselor, Mrs. Marroquin. Sessions are held each Friday from 9:30 am to 10:30 am here. See the flyer here.

Past Session Topics-click on links for recordings

How do I apply to...?

CA Community College Applying for Admission|

  • The priority application period for the Fall 2022 semester: October 1st -December 3rd.

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

I've what??

Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA)! All graduating students need to fill out one of these forms to be eligible for any federal and state financial aid, including the California Promise (2 years of free community college)! Whether you are looking to go to a university, college, or technical/vocational school, don't miss out on free money!!

Financial Aid and the FAFSA/CADAA See slides here and recording here.

Cash for College Workshops-register here for free webinars from the California Student Aid Commission.

  • Need a letter of recommendation? Make an appointment with me using the button below.
  • Need an unofficial copy of your transcript? Ask your HST or email me.
  • Need an official copy of your transcript? Request one here.
Make an appointment

You can call or text me at 209-720-7177 or email me at Click on the button to check my availability and schedule a Zoom appointment via my Calendly link.



Be a graduating, minority high school senior, present evidence of financial need,

demonstrate a record of academic excellence,leadership potential and a dedication

to community service,plan to attend an accredited and approved 4-year college

within the United States



Must be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity; have minimum 2.7 GPA.


ethnicities, must live in Fresno County, be an incoming college freshman. Applicant may

be a student attending vocational/tech/trade schools, community colleges, or 4-year colleges.

Jan. 31 eQUALITY SCHOLARSHIP offers $6000 scholarships to honor & encourage

northern & central California students for their service to the

lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community.

Feb. 1 HMONG NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS offers scholarships to Seniors interested in pursuing the Nursing Field (Pre-Nursing, LVN or RN). Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. At least one parent of Hmong descent.

Feb. 7 ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION LEGACY AWARD awards $4000 scholarships to any child/grandchild/step-child/step-grandchild/legal ward of a living Elk.

Feb. 15 HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND awards $500-$5000 scholarships to seniors of Hispanic heritage. Minimum 3.0 GPA

View the Central Schools Scholarship Bulletin

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