College & Career Cafe
Students have access to information on more than 400 of the most popular careers, career oriented magazines and pamphlets, the Encyclopedia of Careers, the Occupational Outlook Handbook and several other resource books. Students can also take interest inventories, such as the COPS and the College Major Finder.
Many college representatives visit throughout the school year and students are able to meet with them during lunch. Other informational resources in the counseling office include: financial aid, SAT and ACT test preparation, and college summer programs throughout the U.S.
Students can receive their Work Permit from the Career Center, learn about labor law information, and can get help creating a resume. Students need to allow at least 24 hours for work permits to be processed. Emergency processing will only occur if the student brings a completed work permit application before school. (BP 5113.2)
For those students interested in the a military commitment, recruiters form the Orange County area provide materials from all branches of the military. Furthermore, the ASVAB is administered yearly and is sponsored by the US Army. The Career Center provides help regarding the process of getting a congressional appointment to one of the Military Service Academies i.e., West Point, Annapolis, Air Force, Merchant Marine, and Coast Guard).
Community Service Program
A community service program is offered by OUSD to encourage students in grades 10-12 to participate in worthwhile social service activities as part of their high school experience. The community service program is not a graduation requirement. Students that choose to participate in the program will be honored at graduation with a ceremonial cord to wear. 50 hours per year in grades 10-12 is required for graduation cord distinction.
Pathways Program/ Career Technical Education (CTE)
CTE courses are organized to emphasize interconnections enabling students to apply their learning to real world applications and to encourage career and college readiness. The goal for the career pathways is to align secondary academic course sequences with post high school careers. Students gain exposure and acquire those transferrable skills necessary for post-secondary education and careers. Graduating seniors who successfully complete a pathway will be eligible to earn a colored tassel distinguishing their pathway to wear at graduation.