College and Career Newsletter

Visalia Unified/ October 2020


We find ourselves already in the month of October, and it feels as if the days are flying by faster than ever. Our high school seniors find themselves incredibly busy making decisions on colleges, contemplating if they will aim for a certificate program, a bachelor's degree, or perhaps someday, become a medical doctor or lawyer with an advanced degree. College visits and meetings with admissions representatives also fill the days; although this is occurring virtually this year, it still adds to the excitement. It may feel that the future world of college starts in that last year of high school, as students eagerly fill out their applications, but in reality, it started long ago in the early years of elementary school. Research has found that the earlier parents and educators start college conversations with students, the more likely students will attend and complete college.

When my oldest child was applying to college, it was a whirlwind of applications and college visits. Her two younger brothers, ages 8 and 10 at the time, were sitting front seat to witness this rite of passage. The boys would find adventures at each college visit and proudly wear t-shirts to display their sister's college logo. Now fast forward, and my youngest is a senior and neck-deep in college applications. It was never a question of would he go to college, but more of which college would he choose. Witnessing his sister's journey opened his eyes to his choices at a young age. It gave him a connection between what he was learning in school and where it would take him in his future. By the way, he wants to go to his sister's alma mater UCSB.

So, to our elementary parents reading our newsletter, wondering why this is arriving in your inbox: I invite you to take advantage of this strange year where events that our high school students typically partake in person are now in the form of webinars. Here is your opportunity to expose your child to their future world and give them the ammunition to dream of what could be! We invite you and your children to join any webinars, even if they are only in first grade!

Best wishes,

Paige Loverin, MA, PPS

Visalia Unified College and Career Readiness

Ignite Your Curiosity!

Ignite Your Curiosity will be 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 theme is Law and Justice. On Monday, October 19, at 6:00 PM, we welcome the following professionals:

Chris Gomez, Esq: Koch, Degn and Gomez; former US Marine-Russian Cryptologic Linguist

Curtis Harris, Esq: Department of Justice Civil Rights Divison; former ACLU Litigation Fellow

Bailey Loverin Esq: Jones Day Law Firm

To join us for the event, please register by Clicking Here! The week before the event, you will receive an email containing the webinar link. We will also be recording the event and posting to our website:

Ignite Your Curiosity: The Elementary School 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? Join us to see what slimy fun we are up to this month on Thursday, October 29, 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. We will also be recording the event and posting to our website:

Seniors: Do you need help with your UC Application?

UC Application Center

The UC Application provides help and support throughout each section of the application. Applicants can view answers to their commonly asked questions on each page of the application by clicking ‘Help’ on the top navigation bar. Additionally, applicants will see blue ‘i’ icons throughout the application. By clicking on the blue ‘i’ icon, applicants will see a definition, explanation, or more context for a question. Lastly, students needing further assistance can contact the UC Application Center via phone or email. The UC Application Center is available, Monday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm (Pacific Time).

Taken from: UC Counselors and Advisers Bulletin - September 2020

Seniors: Do you need help with the Common Application?

Applying to a university that uses the Common Application, but not sure how it works? Come learn how to navigate and effectively use the Common App as well as some best practices for the application process. Participating School Representatives: Mills College, Mount Saint Mary's University, University of Redlands, and Whittier College

Thursday, October 1st – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Click here to register!

Financial Aid and Scholarship Tip of the Month

Seniors: It is starting to look like scholarship season, now is the time, if you haven’t already, to join your school’s scholarship remind app and follow the scholarship webpage. Also, visit VUSD’s College and Career website to explore the scholarship search engines on the Senior 2021 page. CLICK HERE

Redwood: Scholarship Page for current scholarship opportunities:

Join the RHS Scholarship Remind: Text @RHSSS2021 to 81010

Golden West: Scholarship website:

Remind: @GWscholar to 81010

El Diamante: Scholarship Webpage:

Remind Link: Text Classof2021 to 81010

Mt. Whitney: Scholarship Page:

Remind Link: text @mwscholars to 81010

VCIS: Scholarship Page: VCIS Scholarships

Remind for the class of 2021



VTEC: Scholarships can be accessed through our Schoology Course Page for Seniors or by visiting our scholarship website

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Fresno State Webinar Series

Fresno State will be offering four webinars to cover academic highlights, campus highlights, admission highlights, and finally, student success in college. You only need to register once to attend all four events. Join us each Wednesday, starting October 7 and finishing on October 28, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.

Click here to register!

The University of California would like to invite you to participate in an interactive virtual experience featuring all nine undergraduate UC campuses.

These unique events are designed to inform you about the educational experiences that await you at the world's premier public research university.

These events will provide information on admission, campus highlights, and programs and services to help students build a support network at UC. Campus representatives will be available to answer questions.

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CLICK HERE to sign up for the UC Events.

University of the Pacific

Just a short drive up the 99 highway you will find the University of the Pacific! Join admissions representative Corin Rau to hear what UOP has to offer you! Put October 7 at 9:00 AM on your calendar.

Click here to register for the event!

Willamette University with Justin Strohmeyer

Did you know that, according to Wikipedia, "Willamette University is a private university in Salem, Oregon. Founded in 1842, it is the oldest university in the Western United States". Join Justin Strohmeyer, on October 7 at 10:30 AM, to hear what this beautiful campus has to offer you!

Click here to register for the event!

It is time to meet with Cal Poly!

Cal Poly representative Mandy Martin will be connecting with you in a live webinar on Wednesday, October 14 at 10:00 AM. Bring your questions and learn about this amazing campus that happens to be by the beach.

Click here to register for the event!

Menlo College with Joey Martinez!

Menlo College is a small, private, non-profit Silicon Valley school that focuses on business education with a strong liberal arts emphasis. If you would like more information join us for a webinar on October 14 at 8:30 am

Click here to register for this opportunity!

San Joaquin Valley College with Maria Zavala

San Joaquin Valley College is a private two-year college located here in Visalia. Maria Zavala, admissions coordinator, will share information on the variety of programs offered. Join the webinar on October 21 at 10:00 AM.

Please click here to register!

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) with Sebastian Franco

Come and explore the possibilities of attending UCSB! Sabastian Franco will share all the insights about this college that happens to have six Nobel Laureates on its faculty while also having its sprawling campus sitting right on the beach.

Join him on Wednesday, October 28, at 10:00 AM.! Register for the webinar by clicking here.

Azusa Pacific with Thomas Chan

Where is Azusa Pacific located? Do they have my major? Have all of your questions answered by freshmen admissions counselor Thomas Chan in this live webinar.

Join him Wednesday, October 28, at 2:30 PM by clicking here to register.

Stanford University

Have you ever dreamed of attending Stanford University! Trivia: Did you know that Stanford students have won medals in every Olympic Games since 1908, winning 244 Olympic medals total. Also, The motto of Stanford University is “Die Luft der Freiheit weht.” Translated from the German language, this quotation from Ulrich von Hutten means, “The wind of freedom blows.

Take this opportunity to go on a virtual tour of the Stanford Campus.

Click here to register!

University of California, Davis (UCD)

You won't have to grab your bicycle to tour UC Davis; you can join them for a virtual tour! Trivia Fact: There are over 30,000 bicycles on the UCD campus, and it is the preferred transportation to get around town.

Sign up today by clicking here!

Cal Maritime

Cal Maritime is happy to announce that the times of our Virtual Visits have been adjusted to make participating more convenient for you and your family. our 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm sessions avoid school conflicts for students and allow parents or guardians to participate after work if desired. It's one of the many ways we are adapting our outreach services to the current schedules of families until we go back to offering in-person campus tours and events for prospective students.

Northeast Public Universities

Join us for a special virtual event, Northeast Public Universities At a Glance, with University of Delaware, Binghamton University, Stony Brook University, University of Maryland, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, University of Connecticut, and Rutgers University.

Learn about each university’s academic programs, student life, and the application process. You’ll be able to provide questions to be answered in advance of the event and hear them answered live.

Friday, October 2
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM ET