College and Career Newsletter

VUSD/ May 2023

For Our High School Seniors

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How to Apply to College: An event for high school juniors and their families.

Juniors and parents, you may be starting to anticipate next year's college applications and the unknown that may come along with the application process. Don't worry; we have you covered whether you are applying to a California Community College, CSU, UC, or private college.

Junior Night will include admission representatives from UC Merced, CSU Fresno State, COS, and COS's Financial Aid Office. They will discuss the application and FAFSA/Dream Act processes. Our district counselor will also cover the Common Application, the Profile, and letters of recommendation.

Visalia Unified District Office

Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at 6:00 PM

5000 W. Cypress Avenue, Room DO 4

Before attending our event, we suggest watching our video, How to Choose a College and be sure to use our website to guide you through the application timeline.

Please call us at 730-7510 with any questions regarding the event.

For Our Seniors

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation. This next fall holds the next big step: College. This may mean pursuing a CTE Certificate, an Associate's Degree, Bachelor's Degree, or beyond.

Here are a few pieces of advice as you go out into the world:

  • The college degree will help secure a job interview, but the internships and skills you learn in college will earn you the job. Take advantage of all the opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.
  • A growth Mindset is not just for elementary school. While in college, you need to understand that you will have struggles, make mistakes, and may fail a class or two. By no means is this an indicator that you aren't cut out for college. Embrace the process and know that you, along with every other student, with time, will learn how to navigate the world of college.
  • Use every resource on campus that sets you up for success. Just to name a few resources, there are tutorial services, professors' office hours, disability services for those with a 504 or IEP, health services, and personal counseling services. Reach out and take advantage of these resources.
  • Attend the dorm socials, join clubs, or become a research assistant for your professor. The list of activities is endless. The more you get involved, the easier the transition to college.
  • Have fun and make memories for a lifetime.

Check out our video on transitioning to college life. The video features VUSD students talking about their first year of college.

Let's not forget about our parents. You are the safe place for your child and the voice of reason. You will, guaranteed, receive late-night calls from your kiddo. They need you to listen and reassure them that they are in the right place. They've got this, and so do you.

All Visalia Unified students in grades 7-12 have an account with This space allows students to explore Careers, Majors, and Colleges. High school students can also monitor if they are on track to meet the A-G requirements for admission to the CSU and UC systems. Another perk is that our seniors, with their UC, CSU, CCC, and FAFSA/Dream Act applications, automatically populate their A-G high school courses and grades into their college applications. Students use their VUSD email accounts to log on to California

Parents are able to create accounts so that they can monitor their child's progress and join in the conversation. You are able to view the video showing you how to create a parent account here.

VUSD’s After-hours Academic Assistance (AAA)

VUSD's "After-hours Academic Assistance" (AAA) program provides no-cost, after-hours academic support, through Zoom, in the following classes: 4th-6th grade and High School math. AAA is led by certificated VUSD teachers who are available Monday-Thursday. The AAA academic assistance program will help students with questions about ANY academic issue.

Schedules will be posted on Monday morning of each week.







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Virtual College Tours

It's not always easy to jump in the car and drive to your favorite college for a campus tour. Make it easy and take a virtual tour of college campuses throughout the United States.

Click here to take a virtual tour today.

Julliard: Music Theory and Ear Training Classes for High School Students

Summer 2023 Semester: June 28–August 10.

Application Deadline: Due June 6

Juilliard Extension welcomes high school students worldwide to enroll in our college-level music theory and ear training classes. Our courses cater to students aged 14-18 and cover a broad range of topics, from fundamental concepts to advanced training. Our aim is to deepen students' musical skills and help them achieve proficiency in music.

Our music theory and ear training classes are exclusively online. Students can expect additional coursework outside of class hours. We structure our classes to prepare students for Advanced Placement exams, and we offer select courses that qualify for college credit.

Our courses are designed to help students enhance their musical abilities, regardless of their current level. By enrolling in our music theory and ear training classes, students will be exposed to different styles of music, learn advanced techniques and approaches to music, and develop a strong foundation in musical concepts.

If you're a high school student looking to deepen your musical skills, Juilliard Extension's music theory and ear training classes are perfect for you. Our courses will help you achieve your musical aspirations and pave the way for future musical pursuits.

Watch our recent open houses and sample lessons by accessing our video library. (password: extension)

Stanford University: free online courses

Anyone can take free online courses from Stanford Online. It is a great way to learn new skills and study new and emerging topics. Learn from Stanford instructors and industry experts at no cost to you.

Check out the website!

MIT Open Courseware

Since 2001, MIT OpenCourseWare has been creating new opportunities for millions of learners and educators, sharing Open Educational Resources (OER) from MIT and helping to lead a global revolution in free access to knowledge.

MIT OpenCourseWare continues to build on this foundation. With a new web platform, ever-growing content, and collaborations across the vibrant open education ecosystem, we're creating a world of more equitable and inclusive education for all.

MIT OpenCourseWare is a free and open collection of material from thousands of MIT courses, covering the entire MIT curriculum.

Knowledge is your reward. Use OCW to guide your own life-long learning, or to teach others. MIT does not offer credit or certification to users of OCW – and asks for nothing in return.

No enrollment or registration. Freely browse and use OCW materials at your own pace. There's no signup, and no start or end dates.


Berklee Summer Programs

Each summer, thousands of artists ages 12 and older come to Berklee to explore their creativity and expand their artistic abilities. Programs are available online and on-campus in Boston, Los Angeles, and Valencia, Spain, and all programs provide students with an opportunity to engage with acclaimed faculty and like-minded peers. With programs for beginner to advanced students that range from two days to 12 weeks, you may choose to spend a weekend or the entire summer learning at your level. Whether you’re a dancer, an actor, a singer, or a musician, there’s a place for you at Berklee Summer Programs.

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