College and Career Newsletter

Visalia Unified/ October 2021

The small things that students experience shape who they are and what career they will choose. The after-school job, the ag-mechanics elective, taking care of siblings, being captain of the swim team, or volunteering in the community slowly reveal strengths and passions. Knowing oneself is not something that happens overnight but through the course of high school and college. Successes and failures all result in knowing who you are and where you push your next journey.

So, where to begin? The idea of college and career needs to start young and continue with endless encouragement to try anything and everything that sounds of interest.

It is this culmination of experiences, seasoned with time, that leads to a bright future.

Best wishes,

Paige Loverin, MA, PPS

College and Career Readiness

Director's Corner with Vick Leoni

We’ve only had a few cool mornings so far, but the VUSD College and Career Readiness team is filling this Fall with several engaging and empowering events for our students. Here’s just a sampling of College and Career Readiness events:

  • Interviews for internships with local Automotive Industry Partners took place in September. Students experienced real-life interviews that may lead to internships in their fields of interest. What a powerful experience for our Auto students to learn while working alongside our Industry Partners!

  • Students in Golden West’s First Responders Academy will tour the Visalia Emergency Communications Center in October, meeting with Police and Fire Chiefs and observing demonstrations from local law enforcement units. Students will see the wide range of opportunities that a career in law enforcement offers.

  • The Computer Science Academy from Mt. Whitney will visit local businesses in October to learn about the many career opportunities an education in Computer Science can provide.

We are grateful for our Risk Management team for their work in allowing such activities to take place while adhering to necessary safety precautions. Our VUSD staff and Visalia community continue to go above and beyond to support our young people!

Ignite Your Curiosity

Ignite Your Curiosity is a monthly series of webinars for students and parents to hear from various industry leaders. Each month a new industry-themed panel will help your child explore career possibilities.

This month's speakers include a representative from Public Safety: police, probation, fire, and EMT.

Join us for the webinar on Monday, October 18, at 6:oo PM.

To register for the event, Click Here. The week before the event, Zoom will send an email containing the webinar link. To view previous Ignite Your Curiosity events, Click Here.

Ignite Your Curiosity: The Elementary Edition

Here is an event just for our elementary set! The career possibilities are endless when it comes to the sciences. So what better way to explore the sciences than to make things blow up and get down and dirty with lots of goo?

This month we will be joined by a geneticist, Dr. Katherine L. Lucot, from Stanford University.

Join us on Thursday, October 21, at 6:00 PM.

Click here to register for the event! The week before the event, you will receive an email containing the webinar link. Click here to see our previous events.

Elementary College and Career Readiness

This past month our fifth and sixth graders explored College and Career Readiness. Students are learning that a college degree can range from a certificate program to a bachelor's degree and beyond to graduate school.

As College & Career Readiness Month comes to an end, our elementary students have been working hard to explore their futures. Many of our elementary schools went above and beyond the curriculum by adding dress-up days and other fun activities.

In a recent email, Principal Natalie Taylor of Annie R. Mitchell Elementary School wrote, "thank you for creating engaging college and career lessons for our 5th and 6th-grade students. At Annie R. Mitchell, we are ending the month with a College and Career Dress-up Week, and it is going very well. Thank you for promoting college and career ideas for our students."

Thank you, Principal Taylor, for sharing your school's highlights from this past week.

Please take a moment to watch our VUSD College and Career videos with your student. This is the perfect segway for conversations to happen at home about what future college plans look like for your child. Studies have found that the earlier these conversations begin, the more likely students will attend college.

Part 1: Mapping My Future

Part 2: Career - Major - College

Part 3: College Options

College Application Time!

Seniors, college application deadlines are closer than you may realize. Be sure to sign up for the college application workshops on your campus by going to the student services office. Also, check out the videos on our website on how to complete your college applications.

COS's Access and Ability Office Presents: Virtual Transition Night

High School Seniors with IEPs/504s & Parents are invited to:

COS Virtual Transition Night

Monday, October 11th at 6:00 pm

To register for the event, click here.

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This Virtual Transition Night is for high school seniors who may need extra college support (and their families), as well as any interested high school staff or counselors.


Entering into Employment? (Department of Rehabilitation)

Basic Skills or Professional Certificate? (Visalia/Tulare Adult Schools)

College Degree or Certificate? (College of the Sequoias – Access & Ability Center)

Eighth and Ninth Grade Parent Night: How to start planning for college!

Students and parents: Join us for a webinar to cover everything from graduation requirements, university A-G requirements, CTE, NCAA, campus resources, and much more!

Monday, October 4, at 6:00 PM

Register here!

Once you register, you will receive an email containing the webinar link.

UC Campus Fall Events for Prospective Students

This fall, campuses are offering a variety of events for prospective students, including events for freshman, transfer, and out-of-state/international applicants. Each campus continues to work closely with state, federal, and local agencies to ensure the safety of the campus and community. Therefore, events may be offered in-person or virtually and could change depending on current guidelines. Be sure to check with the campus for more information on the full schedule and format of events, as well as for registration information. Many campuses advertise events in their counselor newsletters or on their counselor pages, so check the Campus Admission Contacts page for links to those sites.

Campuses may offer a range of virtual 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 9; programming throughout September and October
UC Davis: Open House October 4-29; programming for counselors, families, and students offered throughout the fall quarter
UC Irvine: Preview Week October 11-15 (Virtual)
UCLA: Open House September 25-30 (Virtual)
UC Merced: Programming available throughout September, October, and November
UC Riverside: Discover UCR November 1-4 (Virtual)
UC San Diego: Fall Showcase October 2; Programming available throughout September, October, and November
UC Santa Barbara: Programming throughout October and November
Santa Cruz: Programming throughout September, October, and November

Taken from the UC Counselors and Advisers Bulletin - September

Academy of Architecture, Construction and Engineering

Redwood High School's Academy of Architecture, Construction and Engineering, also known as the A.C.E. Academy, provides students with rigorous coursework in architecture, construction management, and engineering. This four-year program combines high level integrated academics, on-site laboratory experiences, workplace partnerships, study programs, and college opportunity. An emphasis is placed on project-based learning, rigor, and relevance to the A.C.E. industry fields. As with all of the academies, students work closely with industry partners in school-based projects that help ensure students are college and career ready. Click on the following link below to learn more about the A.C.E. Academy:

Financial Aid and Scholarship Tip of the Month

Seniors, it is officially the beginning of scholarship season. Each school has a scholarship webpage and Remind text to keep you posted all year on scholarship opportunities. You can also check out the scholarship search engines on our website.

Redwood: Scholarship page at

Join the RHS Scholarship Remind: Text @rhssholars to 81010

El Diamante: Scholarship page at

Join the El D Remind Link:

or text @2022miners to 81010

Golden West: Scholarship website:

Remind: @GWscholar to 81010

Mt. Whitney: Scholarship Page:

Remind Link: text @mwscholars to 81010

VCIS: Scholarship page: VCIS Scholarships

Join the VCIS Scholarship Remind App: Last names A-M text @a-m2022 to 81010

Last names N-Z text @n-z2022 to 81010

VTEC: Scholarship page

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