Overview of College & Career Center



   Mrs. Klaus
   College & Career
(408) 626-3406 x6144
College and Career Center
Students can get link on Canvas -> Student Services Hub-> College & Career -> Events
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Planning, Research and

To Do List

Brainstorming and Writing Personal Statement & Essays

Items to Complete for Tracking and supplemental documents

Links to Actual Applications

where you will apply

Paying for College

My Plan.pngGet a Plan (What is important to you)?

Making your College List Presentation

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Make a list of colleges in Naviance

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Common Application used for private and some out of CA schools.  (most require Essays)

Matching Common App & Naviance Account

(You must match your accounts so your counselor can send your transcripts and letters of recommendation)


First step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CACAA for Undocumented students)  All of these applications require parents financial/tax information.

This will determine if you qualify for Need Based Aid and compute your Families Expected Contribution (FEC)

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Supplemental Essays Crash Course

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Complete the Brag Sheet Survey

*Note: the Brag Sheet does NOT need to be submitted.  Just complete it and  counselor/teachers can see it.

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University of California Schools

(require 4 short essays, must have 3.0 GPA and no D,F grades)

Merit Based / Need Based Scholarships through colleges

Some colleges offer this type of money automatically through the application, while others require an additional application.  Some schools offer money through foundations which require the submission of the CSS Profile application.  ONLY COMPLETE CSS Profile if REQUIRED by college

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Links to other college search tools

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Getting started with the UC Personal Insight Questions (video from College Essay Guy)

Do YOU need a

Letter of Recommendation?

If you are applying to Private or Out of State Schools you might.  Go to the school website and look at "Application Requirements"

Request Teacher Letters of Rec.

Request Counselor Letter of Rec.  (due 11/18)


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(No essays, must have 2.5 GPA, no D,F grades)

Non School Scholarships can be found through various places.  Here is a free search tool where you make a profile and it alerts you of scholarships that match you.



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See these essay prompts for UC Personal Insight Questions, Common Application, and Coalition Application


Your counselor will send your WHS transcript.  

YOU MUST SEND transcript for ANY college course you took (Dual Enroll. or Concurrent) Go To college website and search for TRANSCRIPT REQUEST


Check here for Out of State and private schools not on the Common Application.

 Local and Westmont Scholarships 

Complete this General Scholarship Application and you will be notified of scholarships you can apply to.

General Scholarship Application

Check out the Scholarship Spreadsheet HERE

Scholarship spreadsheet





Preparing for College Applications Class of 2022 

Start this summer!


ResearchMaking your College List phase 1 part 2Determining Requirements phase 2Self Description - Brainstorming Your Personal Statement
Workshop Recording - April 14, 2021 Workshop Recording - April 21, 2021 Workshop Recording - April 28, 2021
Workshop Slides Workshop Slides Workshop Slides


Tips for Writing Your Personal Statement from the College Essay Guy

June, August, October
Free Guide to Writing the Personal Statement


Can I help?College & Career Specialist Mrs. Rene Klaus: [email protected]  

 The Westmont College and Career Center is open daily by appointment.  Make an appointment for an in person meeting or online zoom meeting at: https://calendly.com/rklaus/15min

Have questions about applying to college or how to research careers?

Students may reach out to Mrs. Klaus for individualized help regarding college searches, scholarship opportunities, and the college application process.  Get help learning about potential careers and what training is needed. 

Our College and Career Specialist, Rene Klaus, collaborates with Westmont's school counselors and administrators to provide career and college support for all of our students.

We will help to answer your many college questions, as well as give you tips on how to best support your student going through the college process. We will discuss how to choose colleges, how to engage your student in the process, how to find a best fit college, tips to reduce stress and to empower your students.

Some useful College and Career Planning links


SAT - College Board


Best Colleges - Search Tool


Guide to Resume Building   &   Create a Resume

Summer and Part-time Online Job Resources

ZipRecruiter Interships and Jobs

Volunteer Opportunities

Click here to visit the Westmont College and Career Center Facebook page

For more information or if you'd like to volunteer please email: [email protected]

College and Career Center Student Ambassadors Website

College & Career Center Student Ambassadors

This year we are accepting applications from Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors 

to represent the College and Career Center (CCC) as Ambassadors. 

Applications for the following year are accepted during Spring of previous year

If you are:

- interested in being a student liaison for the CCC

- savvy with social media, design, marketing

- like to learn about colleges and career opportunities

- have a few hours a month to help out next year


The Westmont College and Career Center (CCC) connects students to resources for planning a "best fit" career and college path. This is a volunteer-supported forum for exchange of ideas, news, events and resources.
The Westmont CCC is led by our College and Career Specialist and comprised of committed parent volunteers, collaborating with Westmont’s Counselors and Administrators to provide career and college support for our students.

Westmont CCC Mission:
Westmont CCC connects students to resources for planning a "best fit" college and career path

CCC objectives are:
1. Career planning and exploration
. promote self assessment tool on Naviance
. assist students, as needed at studyhall/lunch hour
. liaison to SVCTE; promote opportunities for students
. arrange and host career speakers from a variety of occupation

2. College planning
. assist students, as needed at study hall, lunch hour and after school
. provide referral support for test prep, essays, online tools, summer programs
. refer students to resources for exploring "good fit" colleges and schools
. help students and parents explore affordable college programs such as WUE
. provide requirement deadlines for UC and Cal State college applications

3. Financial aid planning
. assist students, as needed at study hall, lunch hour and after school on Naviance, to explore financial aid resources and scholarships
. provide referral support for FASFA, FastWeb, etc.
. host FAFSA workshop with onsite help for filing application

4. Work and internship referrals
. promote Community Service opportunities for students
. liaison to businesses and non-profits for shadowing opportunities and Senior Service learning partnerships
. host job postings on WHS CCC Facebook page

5. College and Vocational School visits on WHS campus
. outreach to colleges to schedule visits
. manage college visits calendar
. promote college visit on Bulletin, Canvas, The Shield, Facebook
. manage visit on day of event

6. WHS CCC Resource Management
. supervise room during studyhall/lunch hour
. encourage computer usage for Naviance, career search, etc.
. promote resources of the CCC, via Bulletin, Canvas, The Shield, Facebook
. manage volunteers to staff the room
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