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College Center

About the College Center

Welcome to the College Center!


 GEAR UP is housed in the College Center (B-105). The Center is open Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm.  The College Center provides a variety of resources for college and career planning.  It is also a place where students and their families can come to obtain information on two and four year colleges and universities, testing and test preparation, financial aid and scholarships opportunities.

In collaboration with the academic counselors, we continue to work on building a comprehensive college-going culture for all students. In addition to scheduled appointments, students are welcome to come to the College Center during lunch or after school to utilize the resources, study, or eat lunch.


College & Career Resources

Students and parents can use these calculators to calculate the cost of student debt. And, calculate the potential long term savings of reducing the amount of student debt used to pay for college. We hope these calculators help families think about the costs of college, before debt. For more information visit the website HERE.


Career Exploration:

California Colleges provides information about specific public and private schools in California, career planning, and financial aid.

For more information visit their website HERE.

Collegeboard/ Big Future


QuestBrige for Juniors and Seniors:

The QuestBridge National College Match connects high-achieving low-income students with admission and full four-year scholarships to their partner colleges. College Match Scholarships, which are provided by participating colleges, cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, are loan-free, and require no parental contribution. To learn more please visit their website HERE.

Some of the QuestBridge partners colleges are: Amherst College, California Institute of Technology, Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pomona College, Princeton University, University of Southern California, Yale University and much more.


Scholarship Sites:

College Green Light


Fast Web


AB540 Scholarships available, please visit Maldef.


Start Building Credit as a Student

 Watch this video to learn more about the following topics:

 -What is a credit card?
- How to Properly Use Student Credit Cards
- Fees Associated with using Credit Cards
- Dangers of Improper Credit Card Practice

Student Credit Cards Video Course.

Student Banking Account Guide

This Guide to Student Bank Accounts Course explain the basics of banking to high school and college students

 - Importance of Banking Responsibly
- Differences Between Savings & Checking Accounts
- What is a Student Bank Account?
- How to Avoid Common Fees
- Definition of Common Fees
- And so much more!

About the College Center


The College Center is located in B-105 in the "B" Building (the building closest to the front of the school).


The College Center is open from 8am until 4:30pm Monday through Friday. 

 OFFICE NUMBER: 818-837-6080

Meet the GEAR UP Staff:



GEAR UP Coordinator


MAJOR: Human Services

About me:

I am first generation collegebound student, I was undocumented navigating post -secondary education.  I been in the education field for over 10 years as a mentor and as a college and career advisor. Nothing excites me more than supporting student and families seek higher education.

FAVORITE QUOTE: Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” ― Albert Einstein










The GEAR UP program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal funded program designed to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

GEAR UP Background:

LA Promise Zone GEAR UP at Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academies is an extraordinary collaboration of Vaughn Next Century Learning Center (a Local Education Agency and direct funded charter school) with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). 

GEAR UP at CCLA is currently supporting all current 9th graders (class of 2023) and will continue serving them until the end of their senior year. The last cohort of students who will benefit from all FREE Gear Up services will be the class of 2024.

Services Provided by GEAR UP

  • College Awareness workshops during advisory.
  • College and Academic advisement.
  • English and Math tutoring support (in classroom) and after school.
  • Family engagement.
  • Summer Bridge (8th-9th and 12th-college).
  • College field trips and much more.

If you have any questions regarding the  GEAR UP program or need college information, please stop by the College Center and speak to a GEAR UP staff.