College & Career Center
The College and Career Center provides many valuable services to our students, including:
- Extracurricular activity ideas (internships, volunteer opportunities, Summer programs, part-time jobs);
- Research on colleges, preparation for college fairs and help creating a balanced college list;
- College Essay feedback (UC Personal Insight Questions, Common Application essays and college specific supplemental essays);
- General college application support (help/advice on applications, major selection);
- Resume reviews/feedback;
- Appointments for one-on-one meetings with student (and parents, if needed);
- Workshops on preparing for college, essay topics, college lists and writing the “Why” essay;
- Access to resources for the college application process (books, handouts, presentations);
- Information about other career pathways outside of college; and
- Information about Community College (degree/certificate programs and transfer agreements to 4-year universities).
Questions? Stop by the College & Career Center and speak with Mrs. Lund. We are here to help all students!
The Board of Trustees annually recognizes Fremont Union High School District seniors who provide service to nonprofit organizations in the community. This recognition takes place as part of the Senior Awards ceremony at the schools and students may choose to wear their Community Service Award medal at the graduation ceremony.
Seniors must complete a minimum of 80 hours of voluntary service with a nonprofit community organization during their senior year. Time spent competing in events or attending conferences/events for a high school club does not count towards this total.
Students must not receive any pay, recognition, award, or school credit for the voluntary service.
Community service activities must be described on the Community Service Award application form and the student must obtain a verifying signature and phone number of the supervising adult.
Students may obtain the Community Service Award application form in their school's Career/College Center. Information about the types of activities that qualify for the eighty hours of volunteer work are described on the form. The completed Community Service Award application must be submitted to the Career/College Center.
There are many different kinds of summer programs out there. We have listed and linked some that might be of interest to you, depending on your desired field/area/region/interest. Please note that these programs have not been investigated for their quality or reputation. Homestead High School does not endorse these programs; this list is simply a resource with which you can begin your search. It is important that you do additional research before choosing any program.
FINDING THE RIGHT SUMMER PROGRAM
- Consider your goals;
- Consider your budget;
- Consider your schedule;
- Get an early start on your research;
- Understand selectivity;
- Don't assume attending will help you gain college admission;
- Beware of invitations to leadership programs; and
- Think twice before paying extra to earn college credit.
AmeriCorps - sponsored by the Corp. for National and Community Service
City Year - sponsored by the National Youth Corps
Dynamy - information about an internship program
gapyear.com - creative ways to take time off
Global Service Corps - adventures and volunteer projects abroad to make a better world
NOLS - sponsored by the National Outdoor Leadership School, an organization that develops outdoor and leadership skills
Outward Bound - expeditions as learning and adventure education
SCA - Student Conservation Association - service and internship opportunities in conservation
Seamester - academic voyages for high school grads and college students
Semester at Sea - voyage opportunities for undergrads
Study Abroad - country, college, and course advice for students who wish to study abroad
takingtimeoff.com - a companion Web site to the book of the same title
Landmark Volunteers - a summer service organization for high school students
Where There Be Dragons - learning opportunities through "rugged, creative, and engaging" expeditions off the beaten path
YFU - Youth for Understanding International Exchange (opportunities abroad for high school students)
Some thoughts before you begin: College representatives consistently advise us that, as far as college admissions go, summer programs are only “worth” what they are worth to the individual participant. In other words, only you determine value. Colleges are looking for students who use summers to push themselves out of their comfort zones and pursue genuine interests. There are many productive things a student can do with a summer break—there is value in travel, reading for pleasure, getting a job, volunteering, taking up a new hobby, etc. Focus in on something that is really important or interesting to you.
Many summer programs are offered by for-profit companies and can be quite expensive. While many of these programs are well run and valuable, please carefully research a company before you sign up. Not all summer programs that are held at universities are run by the university; many companies merely lease space from the university.
Please note these programs are not endorsed by Homestead. Students and parents should investigate thoroughly prior to applying or attending. Mrs. Lund keeps a binder of Summer Programs/Jobs in the College & Career Center.
- Jobs for Teens. Here is a video explaining the resource.
- STEM Summer Camp by Foothill College Science Learning Institute. Leads you to a list of opportunities, with more links.
- Summer Discovery Pre-College Enrichment
- Santa Clara Young Scholars Program. Available for High School Sophomores and Juniors
- UC Davis Young Scholars Program Six week research program. Application opens December 1, 2017 through March 16, 20180
- Google Docs STEM Programs
- Summer Education Programs
- Summer Internships Programs. You need to create a profile with this website.
- NASA’s DEVELOP Summer Internship Program for juniors and seniors with an interest in Computer Science, Mathematics, Geographic Information Systems or Remote Sensing. This is a paid, full-time, 10 week program located at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View.
- Yosemite Institute is a non-profit organization that offers educational programs to high school students entering grade 11. Students can join park scientists and professional scientists in field research on biodiversity and ecosystems. College credit and scholarships are available.
- Bank of America Leaders Program will arrange 8-week paid internship at a nonprofit/charitable organization and a week- long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC to gain valuable civic, social and business leadership skills to interested juniors or seniors.
- Chevron Summer Camp: Very selective, for rising Juniors and Seniors.
- COSMO Program offered by the University of California provides an opportunity for students who wish to learn advanced mathematics and science, and prepare for careers in these areas. Four campuses serve as hosts: Davis, Irvine, San Diego and Santa Cruz.
- McGill Summer Institute
- Middlebury Interactive Language Programs.
- Mindspark-Learn How to Code
- iD Tech: At iD Tech, ages 7-18 learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Held at Stanford, SJSU, Santa Clara, and 150+ prestigious locations nationwide.
- City Of Cupertino's Park and Recreation Department has postings for jobs and volunteer opportunities.
- Pioneer Research Program Pioneer Research Program, an organization that allows students from around the world to conduct research online with professors from top US colleges and universities. Our students come from over 20 countries and do individual research on 23 different research areas.
- DUKE SUMMER ACADEMY
- Santa Clara Library Volunteers. All libraries in the Santa Clara County Library District welcome volunteers and appreciate their contributions of time and talent to assist library staff in delivering services more efficiently and effectively.
College Board - SAT information and registration, CSS Profile information (see Financial Aid), a variety of other college resources
ACT - ACT online registration and information
The Education Conservancy - site dedicated to the return of sanity in the college admission process; a must-read for students and parents
Athletic Aid - information for student athletes about the recruiting process
NCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Association site; information about registration for students who are capable of playing NCAA sports in college
College Navigator - college search site sponsored by National Center for Educational Statistics
The Princeton Review - tips, advice, college search
College Quest - the Peterson's site, with tips, advice, college search
CollegeSource Onoline - more than 14,000 online college catalogs
Best Colleges by Career - BestCollege.com has rankings of best school by career
The Common Application - online and downloadable Common Application site
GreekPages.com - info about fraternities and sororities on college campuses.
Khan Academy SAT prep - free online SAT preparation
Colleges That Change Lives - information about the colleges featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives
Common Lounge - A community to help navigate the college application process.
University of California
California State University
Independent California Colleges and Universities (Private)
California Community Colleges
Undocumented Student Resources can be found here
Western Undergraduate Exchange Program
College & Career Advisor
M/W/F: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tu/Th: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.