College and Career Newsletter
Welcome back, students and parents. We are excited to bring another year full of events to help you and your students explore college and career options. We feel that it is never too early to start conversations with students regarding plans for the future. It has been shown repeatedly that students benefit from discussing career goals at a young age. It gives them the drive and meaning to the work they are doing in the classroom.
Visalia Unified's College and Career Readiness Department will continue to serve our students from elementary school to seniors receiving their college acceptance letters. It is the hope that you find these letters a starting point for conversations and exploration in your homes!
Paige Loverin, MA, PPS
College and Career Readiness
I’m so thrilled to join the amazing VUSD College and Career Readiness team as the Director! I’ve been telling everyone that this endeavor isn’t down my alley; it IS my alley! I spent 23 years as a teacher at Tulare Western High School, teaching all levels of English and AVID. For many of those years, I also was the AVID Site Coordinator, including years when we were an AVID National Demonstration School. The last five years in Tulare, I was the AVID District Director, a position that led me to consider for the first time moving into an admin position. I spent the last three years as the AP for Curriculum and Instruction at Lindsay High School, where I helped create an Early College Academy. That led me right here, where I’m truly working in my purpose, to ensure access and support for all students to follow their passions, leading to a lifetime of learning and joy. I look forward to working with teachers, students, administrators, parents, and the community on this most impactful adventure!
Vicki Leoni, Director
College and Career Readiness
College and Career: Elementary
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, September 20, at 6:00 PM
The week before the event, you will receive an email containing the webinar link.
Welcome to High School!
- SPANISH Webinar: Descubre, planifica, lanza: Ayude a su hijo/a a identificar y alcanzar sus metas universitarias y profesionales usando CaliforniaColleges.edu: Monday, September 13th, 5p-6p - Register HERE
- ENGLISH Webinar: Discover, Plan, Launch: Help Your Child Identify and Achieve College and Career Goals using CaliforniaColleges.edu: Monday, September 20th, 5-6pm- Register HERE
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 Hanger Prosthetics, an occupational therapist,
and a physical therapist.
Join us on Monday, September 13, at 6:oo PM.
Seniors: It's Officially College Application Season
This fall begins an exciting journey to planning your future and Visalia Unified would like to make sure that you are supported as you start the college application process. We are asking that seniors launch their college and financial aid applications through https://www.californiacolleges.edu. This gives you many benefits, including automatically populating your A-G high school courses and grades into your college applications. Also, it gives you tools to explore careers, majors, and colleges. Every junior and senior have a CaliforniaCollege.edu account using their VUSD email. There is support if you need to change your password on your California Colleges account
Go to the College and Career Readiness website for information and videos on how to launch your college applications and financial aid from California Colleges. This website also contains information on scholarships, and a calendar of important dates to remember. Seniors should consider subscribing to their school bulletin; you can do this by going to your school’s website. The bulletin will keep you informed of application workshops, senior activities, and, most importantly, scholarships! Your counselors and learning directors are available by email and phone to answer your questions.
Remember your counselor or learning director is here to help you. Also, your school site will be holding workshops in the fall on how to complete your college and financial aid applications. We cannot wait to see the next step in your journey.
For those of you applying to the CSU or UC systems, please be aware that they are not requiring the class of 2022 to take the ACT or SAT. Many private colleges are making similar decisions, and you will want to be in contact with them, and your school counselor/learning director, when deciding to take the SAT or ACT.
COS Access and Ability Center: Senior Night
COS Access and Ability Center are offering two COS Virtual Transition Nights. This event is for high school seniors with IEPs or 504s and their parents.
Click here to register for the event on Monday, October 11, at 6:00 PM.
Click here to register for the event on Monday, February 7, at 6:00 PM.
Do you want to take COS classes while in high school?
Register by clicking here for this exciting evening taking place Wednesday, September 15, at 6:00 PM.
TCOE College Night
Begin planning your future! TCOE College Night Thursday takes place September 9, 2021, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Meet representatives from over 90 colleges, universities, and specialty schools to learn more about their campuses and educational programs.
Attend valuable informational sessions on topics that may include:
College and University Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarship Opportunities
How about taking a virtual tour of your favorite UC?
"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." (UCNOTES@UCOP.EDU)
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)
Merced: Programming available throughout September, October, and November
UC Riverside: Discover UCR November 1-4 (Virtual)
UC San Diego: Summer Showcase August 16-19; 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
Linked Learning Academies and CTE Pathways
During the next few months, the College & Career Readiness Department will be featuring the District's eight Linked Learning Academies and CTE Pathways.
Linked Learning exposes high school students to previously unimagined college and career opportunities by turning their education into a personally relevant, engaging experience. Research shows that Linked Learning students have higher rates of engagement and higher graduation rates than their peers at traditional high schools. This approach to education is helping to create a disciplined, prepared, and productive future workforce, ready to succeed in college, career, and life.
This month we are featuring Redwood High School's Academy of Law & Justice. The Academy of Law & Justice seeks to improve students’ reading, writing, critical thinking, and communication skills through an intensive academic curriculum that uses the law—its origins, purpose, use, and significant historical cases—as a framework to develop well-rounded, self-aware, community-conscious, and proactive citizens. The Academy’s highlights include:
- Strengthening students’ academic foundation—We will improve our students’ ability to read for comprehension, efficiently and appropriately conduct research and provide documentation and be academically responsible.
- Developing students’ ability to critically analyze social issues—We will rigorously interrogate historical events to build our knowledge of cause and effect. We will critique and analyze literature to deepen our understanding of the underlying messages of significant authors of the law.
- Building students’ capabilities as public persons—We will encourage, coach, and guide our students to become effective and confident speakers in public.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Tip of the Month
October 1, is the day that the 2021-22 Financial Aid Application cycle opens. Here are some things that your students and their parents can do now to be ready to apply:
- Create an FSA ID – Both the student and their parent need to complete this process to electronically sign the FAFSA. The California Dream Act application includes the prompts for setting up a State Student Aid PIN for electronic signatures.
- Social Security Cards (If Applicable) – It’s important that the FAFSA information matches perfectly the student's and parents' data at the Social Security Administration. A slight change in a name or birthdate can cause delays in processing.
- Determine Household Size – This number should include the parents and any other household members that receive more than half of their financial support from the parents.
- Determine Number of College Students in the Household – Of the members identified in #3, excluding the parents, how many family members will be attending college at least half time in 2021-22
- Gather Federal Tax Documents for 2019 – Families will need this information for the parents and the student applying for aid. IRS transcripts and other documents can be downloaded immediately at www.irs.gov.
- Calculate the Net Cost of College – Colleges and Universities have financial aid calculators that allow students to get an estimate of what their cost might be. Find the calculators for UC campuses here.