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The UM Career Center is open from 7:30 - 3:30, Monday through Friday. Come on by for college information, financial aid help, scholarships, career planning, or work permits, etc.  

Drop in anytime or make an appointment for individual attention. I am always happy to help!

Mrs. Galbraith
(530)621-4003 x4206
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College Information

WACAC Spring College Fair
  •  Spring - TBD
Basic College Information:
  • Four-Year Colleges and Universities generally have similar requirements:
    • Students must complete A - G requirements with grades of C or higher
    • Students must complete either an SAT or ACT exam (see PSAT/SAT/ACT tab)
    • Students must apply online
      • usually apply in the fall or early winter
      • usually includes an application fee
Four Year Colleges:
    • The UC system hosts 9 undergraduate universities
      • Research facilities
      • highly competitive - see admit profiles
      • larger class sizes than CSU
      • requires SAT or ACT with writing
      • The UC uses a comprehensive review of their application, meaning that there are many factors that contribute to admissions, beyond grades and test scores.
    • Apply Online - beginning August 1st.  Applications are submitted November 1-30.
      • Do not submit a transcript at time of application
      • Some majors at some UCs recommend SAT Subject Tests
      • click HERE for the list


    • The CSU system hosts 23 campuses statewide
    • With the exception of Cal Poly SLO, and San Diego State, the CSUs are not as selective as the UCs.
    • CSUs offer students the following:
      • Less costly education
      • Easier access than UCs
      • More of a practical education; not as heavy in the research as the UCs
    • Apply online at CSUmentor.edu 
      • Applications open October 1 and are due November 30th 
      • Self report coursework and grades
      • No letters of rec or personal statements
      • No activities and award listings needed
      • Do not submit a transcript at time of application
      • How-to application flyer
    • Admissions
      • Eligibility Index formula is utilized to determine admission
      • Index includes GPA and test scores
      • Each school has determined an index for their college as well as for their impacted majors to determine if a student will be granted admission or not
    • Websites for more information
    • Local Fall Preview Days
    • Spring Testing - ELP & EPT "how-to" flyer
    • Check out the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities at aiccu.edu for information about private schools in California.
    • Naviance is a great resource for finding private schools throughout the US.
    • Private schools come in various sizes, philosophies, academic standards, specialties, etc.
    • Private schools can tend to be more expensive than public colleges, but also tend to have more money to give away.
    • Smaller student to teacher ratios 
    • 4 year graduation rates 
    • Many private schools utilize the Common App for their application
      • requires a listing of activities and awards
      • requires a personal statement
      • requires at least two letters of recommendation
      • various deadlines for various schools
    • For schools not utilizing the Common App, check the college website for an 'apply' link.
    • Check out the amazing opportunities that abound outside of California:
    • Naviance is a great resource for finding which schools will have your criteria
    • The Western Undergraduate Exchange, or WUE, is the opportunity for students in the western states to receive a reduced out-of-state tuition at participating WUE colleges
      • Each school differs in the criteria for obtaining a WUE agreement, so check carefully
      • WUE usually brings tuition down to 1.5 times the normal in-state tuition for the selected college
      • Click HERE for a list of WUE schools.
    • Cost of living is usually cheaper out of state, so even though tuition may be higher, the total cost of attendance is usually between the cost of attending a UC and a CSU
    • Most out-of-state schools guarantee a four-year graduation rate!
    • Apply online via Common App (see info above, under Private Schools), or via the application link on your college's website.
    • PowerPoint for out of state schools


  • College Searches
    • Naviance - this is one of the best college search resources!  Use the 'SuperMatch' on the Colleges tab.  Come to the Career Center if you need help figuring it out.
    • BigFuture - Collegeboard's college search engine
    • College Rankings - US News and World Report college rankings
    • College Scorecard - Government site that lists cost, retention, etc.
    • Assist.org - useful in finding which CSUs and UCs have certain majors
  • Major exploration
    • Assist.org - useful in finding which CSUs and UCs have certain majors
    • College Majors 101
    • What can i do with a major in...
    • Check on your College's website and view their graduation requirements for your major - make sure it is heading in the direction you want.  Each school is different!
    • The Career Center has 'What can I do with a major in...' flyers - swing by and pick one up!


  • The PSAT is the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.  It is a practice test for the SAT - one of the required college entrance exams, and is essential for those students who plan to attend a four year college after high school.  9th, 10th, and 11th grade students may take the PSAT - it is good practice, and has been shown to improve student scores on the SAT, because it shows students where their strengths and weaknesses lie.
  • For 11th grade students, the PSAT is also the qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship. The National Merit Scholarship is a national program that honors the top PSAT scores in the nation.
  • The test will be held in October during school hours from 7:50 to about 11:00 in the small gym. 
  • Tickets for the PSAT can be purchased in the Career Center. 
College Entrance Exams:
  • College entrance exams are necessary for any student heading to a 4-year college straight out of High School
  • Colleges will accept either the SAT or the ACT
  • Students should take the test that best suits them, in an effort to obtain the best score possible.
  • Students should test at least once in the spring of their Junior year, and again in the fall of their Senior year.
  • Not sure which to take? Try this quiz from Kaplan
  • Register online:
    • Collegeboard.org
    • ACTstudent.org
Test Prep:

SAT-ACT Practice Combo Test


Community College

Resources for Community College bound students:
During High School - Advanced Education:
  • FREE classes
  • current Sophomores and Juniors
    • click HERE for information
    • click HERE for an application
    • click HERE for a list of potential SUMMER classes
    • click HERE for a list of potential FALL classes
    • Register May 18 or 19!
After High School:
The Process:
There are four steps to the Community College Process - regardless of which school.
  1. Apply
    1. Application workshops on 2/2 or 2/22 during 4th, AND 2/8 or 3/1 during dback
    2. Online Application
  2. Orientation
    1.  FLC field trip counts as Orientation! Must have a FLC ID#!
  3. Assessment
    1. Specific for UMHS: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21
    2. Other dates: assessment calendar for the El Dorado Center
    3. Sample Tests
  4. Academic Planning
    1. sign up online
Normal time line:
  • February 1: Application opens
  • March 31: Steps to Success completed 
  • April: Course schedules available
  • May (early to mid): Registration (dates are assigned)
  • August - end: Fall classes begin
Other helps:
Graphic presentation of the steps - a Prezi presentation detailing the four steps
Folsom Lake College Steps-to-Success   - a linked document detailing the four steps and linking each to the FLC Website
FLC specifics for Union Mine (printable PDF) - an all-in-one document with 2016-17 dates and times.
Plan your "Steps to Success" by clicking HERE - create your individualized plan for completing your application steps

Financial Aid

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Compare your Financial Aid offers - Worksheet



Scholarship Information:
Sign up for scholarship information and reminders on Remind.com
  • Text @dollars to 81010
  • Flyer
  • Tips:
    • Most scholarships are for graduating seniors
    • The amount of time invested is often proportional to the amount of returns
      • look at scholarships like a part-time job with a paycheck at the end
      • Use your time wisely - Applying locally will often produce better results!
    • Beware of scams!  If it looks too good to be true, it probably is!
      • Never pay for finding scholarships
      • Never give out social security numbers, or other confidential information, unless you know it is a reputable organization.
        • When in doubt, check in the Career Center
    • If you are using a scholarship search engine, open a separate email address specifically for scholarships - they tend to fill your mailbox with spam.



CTE - Career Technical Education - General
  • Career Technical Education prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers. 
  • Click HERE for the District CTE/ROP website
  • Click HERE for general CTE information
  • Click HERE for CTE brochure
  • CTE after High School:
    • Community Colleges offer a very wide variety of CTE courses
      • CTE programs do not require the usual General Education or college academic classes
      • CTE programs do issue a certificate at the end of the program to validate that skills were learned, and student is work ready with a specified skill set.
      • CTE at the Community College are real college curses, with real college credit - should a student wish to pursue an Associates Degree in the future, the CTE courses would count toward that degree.
      • CTE programs generally take somewhere between 1 to 2 years.  Average cost for a 2 year program would be around $3000 - without Financial Aid (a high percentage of students qualify for FA, which waives tuition cost of CTE programs)
      • Check out program offerings:


    • Trade schools also offer CTE programs
      •  Program length is usually 1 to 2 years
      • Trade schools are easy to navigate- very straight forward in their programming
      • Average trade school costs are between $15,000 and $30,000 per program
      • CTE course work is generally not transferable to College units in the future
    • Adult Education programs offer CTE programs
      • Must be at least  18 to attend
      • Cheaper cost than Trade schools
      • Easier process than Community Colleges.  
      • Courses do not earn college credit, but do earn a certificate of completion
      • Charles A Jones is a great CTE program in Sacramento 



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Spring ASVAB will take place on Monday, October 23 from 2:00 to 5:00 in the D-3 lab.
Sign up HERE
Military Basics:
  • ASVAB Overview
  • Military Enlistment requires an ASVAB score for entrance and job placement
  • ASVAB can be taken either at the school site, or at MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station)
  • The ASVAB test is offered twice during the school year
    • Fall - usually in October
    • Spring - usually in March or April
  • Flyer explaining Career Exploration component of the ASVAB is HERE

Volunteer Information

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General Information


Newsletters, 2016-17
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Junior Newsletters:
EAP information (a component of the CAASPP test)



Top things for Sophomores to do:

Get involved!

  • If you are not yet involved in something you enjoy, join a club or another activity.

Grades Matter!

  • College Applications look at Sophomore and Junior year grades – college applications happen too early in Senior year for senior year grades to add to the application
  • Financial Aid: Cal Grant also looks at Sophomore and Junior year grades for aid eligibility


  • Attend the Community Service Fair during lunch in September
  • Look for summer volunteer opportunities at Career Expo in March

Check out College Opportunities

  • Attend college rep visits in the Career Center at lunch.
  • Talk to reps during mini-fairs
  • Take the PSAT in October.

Explore Careers

  • Take an ASVAB test for Career Exploration
    •  October or March
  • Take Career Assessments on Naviance
    • Cluster Finder Survey
    • Career Interest Profiler
    • Personality Type

Plan ahead for Junior and Senior year

  • Consider taking AP classes next year.
  • Think about an ROP class
  • Get a job to gain some work experience
  • Work permits can be obtained and processed in the Career Center


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SAT/ACT Practice Combo Test

 An opportunity to practice both the SAT and the ACT to see which is a best fit for college applications

  • Saturday, January 27
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • $10
  • Flyer

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Naviance is the district's College and Career planning tool and online resource
Student login (information is on the back of students' ID cards):
  • Web address: www.connection.naviance.com/umhsca 
  • Username = first four letters of last name + UMHS ID number
  • Password = first and last initial + last four digits of permanent ID number
Informational handouts:

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Health Career Exploration Day
  • Sponsored by Marshall Medical Center, Health Career Exploration Day is a great opportunity for students to gain insight into the medical field by spending a day with medical professionals
  • Date:Monday, November 20
  • $15 registration fee
  • Register EARLY - this will fill quickly!
  • Flyer with contact and registration information

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