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College Exploration, Planning and Application Resources

Any Venture School student or parent may contact our School Counselor, Alissa Kruse, for further explanation or support
(925) 479-1215
Venture uses Naviance for organizing applications to Community Colleges and 4-year colleges. Watch the videos above to make sure you are able to log into Naviance. 
NOTE: Each of the SRVUSD's comprehensive high schools - Cal HighDougherty ValleyMonte Vista and San Ramon Valley - have “College and Career Centers” on campus. You can access helpful information about post-high school planning, financial aid and even current job openings or presentations about career exploration by visiting to the school’s Counseling website, followed by the College and Career Center link.
For seniors who are planning or may be planning on attending DVC in the fall: You are required to register for Orientation to College: Coun 095 for this spring semester (prior to your high school graduation). This is typically a one-two day course helping students transition to college. It is required to complete prior to registering for classes in the fall. Check the DVC website regularly so you can sign up when the Spring Catalog is posted. This course tends to fill quickly, so we recommend that you register in advance.
On the front page of the DVC website, you can also find the application for DVC.
This part of the DVC website will help you with the English/Math Assessment tests and other material essential for getting started at DVC.
DVC offers many programs: enrichment courses, certificate programs, transfer programs. If you are interested in attending DVC in the fall and transferring to a four year college, you will need to visit the "Transfer Information" website to learn more about that process in general, or "Transfer Services" to get more detail
If you are interested in or planning on attending ANY Community College in the fall… 
For those interested in transferring to a 4 year college from a Community College here are two links you need to become familiar with:
  • New Opportunity: ADegreeWithAGuarantee
    “Early priority admission to the CSU’s with junior standing once you earn an Associates Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) at a California Community College. The new joint transfer program is the best path for student like you to transfer between two college systems.  Complete 60 units at a California community college to receive your AA-T or AS-T, then complete 60 units* at a CSU to receive your bachelor’s degree.” For more information, go to ADegreeWithAGuarantee
*90 units at a quarter campus
  • ASSIST is an student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California College or University can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.
E-mail tip: 
Please use a “professional” email prefix or username when applying to college.  Hipchick@***.com is not an appropriate username. 
  • Colleges may contact you via email for additional information or updates on their admission procedures.
  • Student Portal (once you have applied): It is the student's responsibility to check the student portal with each college campus. This is the primary means of communication between you and the colleges you are applying to.
Occasionally, students would like to change their senior schedule at the semester point (or other times during the year). Please be aware that you have reported your senior courses on your application. This means that your application status (or conditional acceptance – depending on when you would like to drop a course) may be affected by this. Dropping a course as a senior is complicated. It involves the student contacting all of the College Admissions Offices that the student applied to and asking, “Will dropping X, impact my application status/conditional acceptance?” The college's admissions office will be able to answer this question.

Family Connection from Naviance Inc. is designed to help students make decisions about courses, colleges, and careers. All high school Venture students should be registered and introduced to this program when they enroll at Venture. 

CA Career Zone site :Assess yourself, explore families of jobs and find out if you will make enough money to support yourself.

Career Exploration: The search for a lifelong, fulfilling career can be a fun-filled activity in which you devote time to learn more about yourself. Most experts suggest that you should review your interests, skills, values, and personality.

Bay Area Apprenticeship Programs at a Glance: is an on-line directory of apprenticeship programs available throughout the local area. Read about job descriptions, qualifications and requirements, benefits, program, application process and contact information.
California Apprenticeships: Lists all construction crafts, apprenticeships and qualifications. You can even find a program nearby.
California Colleges: Discover, Plan, Launch
This is a developing website where one can find information about community colleges, vocational schools, private colleges, California State University campuses and University of California campuses.There is a good explanation of financial aid on this website. Click on the tools link to find the career selector function. Just added are webpages for middle-school students and their parents.

College Data
This very helpful website has a college search for the entire country. The articles have very useful information.

Life Worksis a website where one can find information about health and medical science careers. Find careers that match your interests, skills and abilities and other practical and helpful information.

Diablo Valley College has listed the college catalog, schedule of courses and important dates on this website.

Las Positas College has listed the college catalog, schedule of courses and important dates on this website.
Peralta Colleges
Find college catalogs, schedules of courses and important dates on this website for College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College, and Vista College.
This website will allow a student to determine if a course taken at the community colleges will be transferable to the CSU or UC system.