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College Center

About the College Center

Welcome to the College Center!


 The Youth Policy Institute and Gear Up staff are 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.


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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 B105 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





BRITTANY PATTERSON, College and Career Advisor








Meet the GEAR UP Team!


BLANCA SANCHEZ,GEAR UP College Access Advisor




GEAR UP School Coordinator (ASE & TPA)









What is gear up?

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federal program that helps students from high-poverty middle and high schools get through the first year of college by providing counseling, workshops, essential life skills training, and academic enrichment. We serve San Fernando Valley students starting in the 6th and 7th grade and follow them through their first year of college.

Impact Statement

Increase the number of students from our community who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.