College Admissions Tools for California Schools

Posted on September 2, 2007. Filed under: Education, North America, Opportunities |

There is a lot of information for students who wish to pursue college, but many do not know where to begin. At least from my experience I did not know, but it was all about trial and error. So I am going to try to make it a little bit easier for all of you. At least for students in California.

  1. In order to go to a 4 year institution you must be a High School graduate or must have passed the General Education Development exam (a.k.a. G.E.D.) Below are the California (CA) H.S. Requirements:


California High School Requirements


English: 4 years

Social Studies: 1 year of World History, 1 year of US History,1 year of Government/Economics

Math: 2 years

Science: 2 years

Health: ½ year

Applied Technology: 1 year

Physical Education: 2 years

Fine Art or Foreign Language: 1 year

Electives: 65 credits


High School Exit Exam

  1. Private/Public/Community Colleges – Once you finish your H.S. requirements, you look into your options. There are Private Universities and Colleges, State Universities, and Community Colleges. EVERYTHING HAS A DEADLINE!

Website with all Universities/ Colleges: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ/state/

Website with all Community Colleges: http://www.utexas.edu/world/comcol/state/

    1. Private Institutions are fairly more expensive. Yet, they have fewer people in classes and get that one-on-one attention from the professors.

i. Their deadlines vary.

ii. Most require essays.

iii. Application Fees (some may have application waivers. RULE OF THUMB: the less your family income the more money you may get from the government).

iv. Remember to look into housing.

    1. State Universities (http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ/state/) are more adequate priced. Classes are greater in size, but it is doable.

i. University of California (http://www.ucop.edu/), UC, has 10 universities in their system and admits the top 12.5% of HS graduates. If you have a 3.0 g.p.a. for Fall 2007, meet the A-G requirements (http://www.ucop.edu/a-gGuide/ag/a-g/welcome.html), take the SAT Reasoning or ACT with writing and SAT Subject Test, and complete all for essays, you must be accepted into one of the UC schools. It may not be one of your choices, but you are in, most likely into UC Merced since it just opened in Fall 2006. There is one application that is due between November 1- 30th. There are fee waivers that only waive 4 UC schools.

ii. California State University (http://www.calstate.edu/), CSU, has 23 campuses and admits 33% of HS graduates. You must have a 2.5 g.p.a., meet the A-G requirements (http://www.ucop.edu/a-gGuide/ag/a-g/welcome.html), take the SAT/ACT, there is no essay required, most competitive CSU’s must have applications in between October 1 – November 30, other CSU’s have an open enrollement. They also have a fee waiver for 6 CSU schools.

    1. Community College (http://www.utexas.edu/world/comcol/state/), CC, are usually for students who have a lot going on, did not meet the requirements for other universities, or graduated H.S. and they must begin in a community college in order to transfer into a 4-year institution to finish their last two or three years. There are no standardized tests required, normally they make you take a placement exam for English and math.

  1. Standardized Tests – For those who are going to a 4 year institution you must take standardized tests. These can include the PSAT (practice only), SAT Reasoning, SAT Subject, or ACT.

    1. PSAT (http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about.html). Most students can take the Practice SAT beginning 8th – 11th. When they sign up you should ask for a fee waiver, it covers a small portion, but you still need to pay a little something. The PSAT is proctored in October. And in 11th grade you can qualify for a National Merit Scholarship (http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/about/scholarships.html). The test is 2 hours and 10 minutes and consists of Two 25-minute critical reading sections, Two 25-minute math sections, One 30-minute writing skills section.
    2. SAT Reasoning Test (http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/about/SATI.html) measures critical reading, math, and writing. The total possible points are 2400 and it is a 3 hour 45 minutes test. There are up to two fee waivers if you qualify, you can not have more than two.
    3. SAT Subject Test (http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/about/SATII.html) you can take three tests, you choose which subject areas you wish to take them in (ex. English, history and social studies, mathematics, science, and languages). Each test normally takes up to one hour. There are up to two fee waivers if you qualify, you can not have more than two.
    4. ACT (http://www.actstudent.org/) measures English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning and is a 3 hours test.

  1. Financial Aid this is probably the most dreaded part of going through the college process. Determining if you can go to an Ivy league school with the Financial Aid they offered. Alas! Information that can help you!

    1. The First Step – FAFSA (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/). Fill it out online! This is how the government determines if you qualify for Financial Aid. They give you a confirmation and in that confirmation it gives you an Expected Family Contribution (EFC), if you have a zero, then you shouldn’t pay anything from your pocket, but are more likely to get a federal loan. You DO NOT pay for the FAFSA
    2. CSS Profile (https://profileonline.collegeboard.com/) – You may need to fill out a CSS profile for a private school or college. They use this form to generate a more accurate EFC, where they look into Income, Assets, and Equity.
    3. You will receive a Financial Aid Award Letter – it may contain Grants, Scholarships, Government Loans, and/or Private Loans.

i. Grants:

1. Cal Grant (http://www.calgrants.org/index.cfm?navId=12) – FREE money given to students by the state of California. Click the link to see if you are eligible. It is a financial based grant. Max. you can receive is $9807

2. Pell Grant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pell_grant) – FREE money given to a student by the federal government. The maximum a student can receive is $4050

3. SEOG (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FSEOG) – FREE money reserved for students who have financial need. The maximum a student can receive is $4,000.

4. ACG (http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/NewPrograms.jsp) – you must be a US citizen, graduate from H.S. after January 1, 2005, completed a rigorous coursework in H.S. (http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/about/ac-smart/state-programs.html), receiving a Pell Grant, enrolled full-time 1st or 2nd year student in a 2 year or 4 year degree program.

5. SMART (http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/NewPrograms.jsp) – you must be a US citizen, receiving a Pell Grant, enrolled as a full-time third or fourth year student in a baccalaureate degree program, 3.0 cumulative g.p.a., currently enrolled in an eligible major in one of the following categories: Computer Science, Engineering, Critical Foreign Languages, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Technology, or Multidisciplinary Studies (http://ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/attachments/GENO615Attach1.pdf)

ii. Scholarships – this is also FREE money that you must apply for. A good place to look into is FASTWEB (http://www.fastweb.com). Sometimes schools have their own University Scholarship. Check the schools website to see if they have any. And Apply!

iii. Loans:

1. Federal Stafford Loan (http://www.salliemae.com/get_student_loan/find_student_loan/undergrad_student_loan/federal_student_loans/stafford_loans/) fixed-rate, low interest loans available to undergraduate students attending accredited schools at least half time.

a. Undergraduate Students – first year they get $3,500; second year $4,500, third and fourth year $5,500. Those who are considered independent can get additional loan, first and second year $4,000 and third and fourth $5000.

b. Graduate Students – can get $8,500 in subsidized Stafford loan and $12,000 in unsubsidized Stafford loan.

c. NOTE: subsidized loans do not accrue interest while you are in school. Unsubsidized loans accrue interest while in school. Try to get as much subsidized loan.

2. Perkins Loan (http://www.salliemae.com/get_student_loan/find_student_loan/undergrad_student_loan/federal_student_loans/perkins_loans/perkins_loans.htm) a low interest (5%) loan for undergraduate and graduate students with “exceptional” financial need. After you graduate and if you work with “at-risk” students or community part of your loan can be forgiven.

3. Private Loan(s) – there are many other alternatives if you do not have the means to pay the rest of that balance. Try to avoid private loans as much as possible. Interests are much higher because they are not regulated by the government and accrue while in school. Let this be your last resource.

Remember talk to your Financial Aid Counselor if your parents separated and it created a financial hardship. Your budget can be increased if you purchase a computer or rent is above what the school calculates it to be.



Post Author: Raquel Michel

I am a 25 year old Latina who resides in Los Angeles, CA. Earned my B.S. in Business Administration, but once I graduated I realized that working with students was my passion. I worked for the Upward Bound Program for two years helping at-risk youth prepare for college, then I decided to pursue my M.A. in Guidance and Counseling and gradute in Spring 2008. I was faced with adversities, but I continue overcoming those obstacles and look forward in helping students achieve their educational and career goals.


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Scholarship for Low-Income Students, Latinos Encouraged to Apply

Posted on July 25, 2007. Filed under: Education, Opportunities |

Latino parents, are your children in the best school environment possible and are they getting an education that fits their needs? More than 5,000 new Step Up For Students Scholarships are available for the 2007-2008 school year, empowering parents to choose the best school for their child regardless of their race or income.

School will be starting soon and there is an urgency to reach out to the Latino community in Florida, as only 22 percent of the students who receive these Step Up For Students Scholarships are Hispanic.

Hispanic CREO, based in Washington, D.C., believes that a lack of information and awareness has resulted in low participation rates within the Latino community. Hispanic CREO is working with local faith-based Florida leaders, the media and other partners to raise awareness about the available Scholarships.

“The Step Up For Students Scholarship is an excellent opportunity; however, few Latino families have participated in this scholarship program – one that can make such a difference in the education of a child and may be the solution to so many families’ current needs,” states Maite Arce, Vice President of Hispanic CREO.

There are 17,000 students on the Step Up For Students Scholarship, which can be used at over 900 private schools throughout Florida. The Step Up For Students Scholarship is locally administered by Florida P.R.I.D.E. and is open to all eligible students who meet income guidelines.

“Hispanic CREO is committed to getting the word out and working with our allies to increase awareness among Latino families. This is an opportunity that Latino parents absolutely want to know about. With the help of local media, we can work together to inform Hispanic families of this valuable opportunity. Hispanic CREO will be creating events and opportunities to make this happen,” Arce said.

Joining Hispanic CREO in this effort are local chapters of the National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders (CONLAMIC), based in Orlando.

“It is critical that the faith-based community helps to lead the way,” reports Rev. Miguel Rivera, President of CONLAMIC. “All students, regardless of their socio-economic status, have the right to a quality education. We are committed to reaching the Latino community in Florida with this important opportunity.”

The scholarships are available for low-income students who are entering kindergarten or first grade, or have spent the 2006-2007 school year in a Florida public school and meet the household income guidelines.

Household income eligibility guidelines are the following:

– Two people: $25,327
– Three people: $31,765
– Four people: $38,203
– Add $6,438 for each additional person in household.

Approved applicants receive up to $3,750 per year for private school tuition and books, or up to $500 in transportation costs to an out-of-district public school.

For more information, call (866) 406-6923, in Orlando call 1(407) 702-2607, where Spanish-speaking operators are standing by to answer your questions. Scholarship applications are available in Spanish. You can also visit http://www.stepupforstudents.com/parents.htm

Hispanic CREO will announce upcoming outreach events in target counties soon to assist with questions and the application process.

About Hispanic CREO:
Hispanic CREO, based in Washington, D.C., was founded to address the crisis in Latino education by empowering Latino families through parental choice in education. For more information, please visit http://www.hcreo.org.

CONLAMIC is the largest Latino Christian advocacy organization in the nation, representing 16,000 churches with a combined membership of more than one million Hispanics in 32 states.”

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Job Opportunity: Editor-in-Chief of User Experience

Posted on July 23, 2007. Filed under: Employment, Opportunities |

 www.eBeisbol.com is expanding its focus to a year-round, Spanish Language (with an English Language version) fan site following “up and coming” stars as well as the MLB players who play in the Latin AmericanDuties & Responsibilities

1. Site architecture, construction, and management:
Design and implement the online user experience brand strategy of ALIANZA LATINA DE BÉISBOL’s official website, eBeisbol.com, and integrated on-line and off-line interactive entertainment events.
Serve as creative strategy lead by defining, approving and enforcing the web site’s creative look & feel, content, photography, copywriting, information architecture, navigation and best practices standards.
Define, prioritize and optimize the online customer experience by defining site features and functionality, and maintaining overall site usability.
Lead the creation of design requirements that translate business and functional requirements into User Experience deliverables including information architecture wire frames, creative briefs, storyboards, and performance goals.
Lead the definition of requirements of database management utilities, site reporting utilities to gather the information and generate customer feedback that will optimize the user experience.
Manage customer service planning and implementation
Studies and understands web  standards, best practices and how to read website statistics   
Studies and understands best  practices around use of online newsletters.

2. Editor-in-Chief:
Serve as “editor-in-chief” for eBeisbol.com by managing and scheduling the publishing products, e-mail blasts, text messages, newsletters, etc. to create a cohesive and satisfying customer experience, convert visitors into registrants, and/or merchandise purchasers, and/or subscribers of high level content, e-mail alerts, etc.
Maintain and manage an editorial calendar and manages the responsibilities of the Content Author(s)
Analyze site usage reporting, customer feedback, marketing and competitive research to inform and improve publishing products, conversion to consumer activation, site experience and performance.

3. Supervisory Responsibilities:
Manage and mentor a small team of user experience specialists, including graphic designers, information architects, Flash animators, copywriters and Use Experience developers. Will include employees, freelancers and agencies
General Skills Willingness to take initiative and to follow through on projects
Interpersonal skills and ability to  interact and work with staff at all levels
Ability to  handle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment
Detail  focused
Excellent  written and oral communication skills
Ability to  work independently and in a team environment
Commitment  to “internal client” and customer service principles 

Education and/or Experience:
BS/BA Degree and/or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
Master’s degree a plus
Must have legal right to work in the U.S.
5-7 years of Internet development experience, preferably directing the online consumer experience and creative design for major media & entertainment properties
3-5 years of demonstrated project management experience, preferably in a consulting or agency environment
5-7 years of management experience
Experience in high volume online publishing environment

Computer Skills:
Thorough  knowledge of MS-Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)   
Conversant in Photoshop, Illustrator and other major graphic design tools.   
Familiarity  with HTML, Flash, etc.
Visio, MS  Project and Excel

Language Skills
Spanish first language, fluent in English speaking and writing
Experience with translating a website into a second language

To be considered for this position click here to submit your resume.

SOURCE: Republica Update

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Hispanic Senior Citizens Urged to Use Medicare More by New HHS Program

Posted on July 2, 2007. Filed under: Family, Opportunities, United States |

Studies find a growing disparity between the health of Hispanic senior citizens and the non-Hispanic white elderly population. Several agencies within Health and Human Services have joined together to launch a program to encourage Hispanic elders and their families to take advantage of more Medicare benefits, including prescription drug coverage, flu shots, diabetes screening and self-management, cardiovascular screening, cancer screening services and smoking cessation programs.

Findings from the 2006 National Healthcare Disparities Report prepared by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) revealed the disparities.

Now, AHRQ, the Administration on Aging, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration are teaming up to assist local communities in developing more coordinated strategies for improving the health and well-being of Hispanic elders.

Hispanics comprise the largest minority group in the United States and the number of older Hispanics is growing rapidly. By 2028, Hispanics will be the largest minority population in the 65 and over age group, reaching 7.1 million and comprising over 10 percent of the elderly population.

Historically, there have been a number of financial, organizational, cultural and linguistic barriers to providing appropriate health and social services to Hispanic elders which exacerbate their growing health disparities. For example, Hispanic elders are much more likely to be hospitalized for diabetes due to poor diabetes control, and they are far less likely to receive pneumonia or flu shots or cancer screening services.

The HHS initiative, “Improving Hispanic Elders’ Health: Community Partnerships for Evidence-Based Solutions,” was introduced yesterday by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt.

“This unprecedented partnership will make it easier for communities to help Hispanic elders, especially those with chronic health conditions and limited resources, to overcome barriers that impede their access to healthcare and social supports that can improve their health,” Secretary Leavitt said.

The initiative will also help Hispanic elders take advantage of a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed by Stanford University with funding from HHS that has proven effective in reducing the risk of chronic disease and disability among Hispanic elders.

The HHS initiative will be piloted in up to seven metropolitan areas with large Hispanic elder populations.

HHS will start by convening a workshop where teams from the invited areas will learn about state-of-the-art strategies and tactics they can deploy to address disparities among their Hispanic elder populations. The teams will be comprised of representatives from local public health providers, Hispanic community organizations, aging service providers and the health care sector.

The teams that appear ready to launch community-wide mobilization efforts will be invited to participate in a year-long national learning network project that will utilize Web casts, conference calls and peer-to-peer meetings to facilitate cross-site learning and innovation.

The communities invited to apply for this pilot project are: Chicago, Ill., El Paso, Texas; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, Calif.; McAllen, Texas; Miami, Fla.; New York, N.Y.; San Antonio, Texas; San Diego, Calif.

These nine areas have been invited to apply for this pilot project because of their high concentrations of Hispanic elderly as well as to ensure that there is an appropriate geographic distribution of areas across the country in the initiative.

Selection of up to seven communities will be based on criteria that will be posted on the Web site listed below.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, July 24, 2007.

While any member of the proposed teams may serve as the lead, the local Area Agencies on Aging are being asked to submit the application. Area Agencies on Aging are federally designated entities responsible for area-wide planning and coordination on matters that affect the area’s aging population.

For more details about “Improving Hispanic Elders’ Health: Community Partnerships for Evidence-Based Solutions,” visit http://www.academyhealth.org/ahrq/elders.

SOURCE: Hispanic Trending

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Employment Opportunity: Bilingual Broadcaster for The Associated Press

Posted on June 24, 2007. Filed under: Opportunities |

The Associated Press seeks an APTN newsperson for its Broadcast News Center in Washington D.C. The ideal candidate will have solid experience in all aspects of broadcasting. This person should have demonstrated skills in digitally editing sound, video and writing broadcast copy, voicing reports, doing street reporting and doing live air work. Candidates should have solid knowledge of Latin America affairs. All applicants must be able to work all shifts, including overnights, and all days of the week, including weekends. Knowledge of Spanish is required. For more information, see http://careers.ap.org/joblist.html.

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Chase sets free Mexico money transfers in NY area

Posted on June 19, 2007. Filed under: Money, North America, Opportunities |

“JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Wednesday it will let checking account customers in the New York City area wire money to Mexico for free, hoping to win business from one of the region’s fastest-growing ethnic groups.The third-largest U.S. bank said its Rapid Cash program lets customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut make three free transfers, for up to $1,500 each, per month to accounts at Banorte (GFNORTEO.MX: Quote, Profile, Research). The Mexican bank, the country’s fifth-largest, operates more than 1,000 branches and 2,800 automated teller machines in Mexico. “

Read more: http://www.reuters.com

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Posted on June 17, 2007. Filed under: North America, Opportunities |

Democracy_now_2Democracy Now!, a non-commercial, national, daily radio and TV news hour based in Manhattan, NY, is hiring a full-time TV Producer/Editor.

Job responsibilities:
Monitor news feeds
Produce visual elements for each day’s program
Edit video elements for broadcast
Develop story ideas
Shoot news events on location
Supervise interns and volunteers
Coordinate remote shoots and studios

Extensive TV news production experience
Live broadcast control room experience preferred
Excellent camera skills
excellent computer skills
Familiarity with internet video and FTPing to remote servers
Strong online research skills
Ability to perform fast and competent edits using Final Cut Pro
Proficiency in Photoshop
Clear understanding of current events
Familiarity and commitment to Democracy Now!’s mission
Demonstrated ability to handle fast paced live production environment
A strong candidate will be willing to work a flexible schedule based on the
demands of the news cycle.

Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary based on experience.

Please send resumes and references to job@democracynow.org

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Video to assist Hispanic renters

Posted on June 7, 2007. Filed under: News & Politics, Opportunities |

YouTube may not be the place many turn for educational videos, but for Spanish-speaking renters and their English speaking landlords, some say a four-minute video could be the key to better tenant-landlord relations.

The video, which began as the brainchild of neighborhood activists, was created to inform Spanish-speaking renters of their rights as tenants and is now available on the site YouTube.com as well as on DVD.

Flashing images of how-to and how-not-to live, such as the word “No!” emblazoned on a picture of a car with no license plate, are narrated in Spanish. The goal, said co-creator Ken Gasch, is to empower the non-English speaking population with its rights as American renters.

SOURCE: Hispanic Trending

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AOL Latino is looking for a Programming Manager

Posted on May 21, 2007. Filed under: Opportunities |

Aol_latino Position:
Programming Manager for Dinero y Exito: www.dinero.aol.com

This is a hybrid Edit/Programming position which requires:
• editorial experience, preferably in online and/or Finance/News areas
• fluency in Spanish, true bilingualism preferred
• solid HTML programming skills; capable in working in online programming environments
• great energy and real ability to work in close quarters with equally energetic colleagues

The position can be filled in Dulles, VA or New York City, NY

For consideration, submit your resume/CV and cover letter to:
Miguel Ferrer | miguel.ferrer@corp.aol.com

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Job Opening @ The Orchard

Posted on May 18, 2007. Filed under: Opportunities |

The_orchard The Orchard is the world’s leading digital distributor and marketer of independent music, with a catalogue of more than one million tracks representing 73 countries, thousands of labels, and every music genre.As a Coordinator, New Media (Latin) you will be responsible for assisting in the creation and execution of new media marketing campaigns for select Orchard releases, mainly in the Latin music genre. Primary responsibilities include digital publicity (online press including album reviews, interviews, tour promotion, etc), contests and interactive promotions, social networking, and viral promotions. Candidates should have existing contacts within the digital realm and be knowledgeable about popular websites/blogs and current online trends. In addition, this person will keep detailed reports of each campaign to be reported regularly to the clients.

Candidate will have an interest in and connections with online publications in the Latin music genre. This position will work in tandem with the Integrated Marketing department in support of our Artist and Label Relations teams to build comprehensive online marketing campaigns to increase awareness of artists and drive digital sales.

• 2-3 years in online media marketing (including existing contacts with range of online publications)
• Highly organized
• Ability to handle multiple projects at once in fast-paced environment
• Ability to execute innovative ideas
• Awareness of emerging websites, online trends and industry promotional tools
• Entrepreneurial, driven and self-sufficient
• Fluent in Spanish and English
• Love of music! Interest in multiple musical genres

For more information contact:
Jaclyn Ranere 212.212.300.2839 | jaclyn@theorchard.com

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