SoCal Roc Classes

by Briana Castillon, Staff Writer

Are you tired of taking the same old classes in school? Well there’s a solution! A program called SoCal ROC offers classes that are hands-on in a variety of subjects. Some of these include art, engineering, finance, business, health sciences, public and consumer services. These courses are offered to high schools students and adults. The classes are only free for high school students so now is the time to enroll!

Taking a class at SCROC can help you decide what you want to do for the rest of your life. There are so many classes you can take for fun to try something new and meet new people. For those of you like me who don’t know what they want to do later on in life, SCROC is the place to be. There is a numerous amount of classes offered, so you can choose whichever one interests you the most. Whichever class you take will be more interesting than the classes you are required to take at our school which means you will get more out of it.

Taking a course at SCROC will help you explore your options. That is why I am currently enrolled in Medical Assisting at SCROC. Medicine has interested me for a while, but now that I am taking this course I have learned a lot more about the field which will help me decide whether I will pursue a career in this field or not. This class is Monday through Thursday, from 12:45-3:45. The class is also offered at a different time, from 3:45-6:45, along with other classes. I have learned more about the medical field in this class in the past three months than I have in any other class during high school.

There are some downsides to taking a SCROC class. First, because I cannot drive myself, I have to go on the bus, which takes a long time to get back to El Segundo. I get home around 5 o’clock during the week. But on the plus side, there is no SCROC on Fridays so I can go home and relax. While waiting for the bus you can go to the plaza next door which has a Starbucks and other places where you can eat. Also, they are very strict with attendance. You are not allowed to miss more than five days or you will be kicked out. You must know ahead of time that you will be committed to this course and not miss any school days. Lastly, depending on which class you’re taking, there are certain dress codes.

In the end, I would say the benefits definitely outweigh the disadvantages. Don’t wait any longer, long onto their website and see if any of the courses interests you at http://www.socalroc.com. To find out more visit your counselor and ask them about enrolling in SCROC, or you can email me at brianacastillon@gmail.com.

College Night 2013

Briana Castillon, Staff Writer

College NightCollege night was a success. There was a great turnout. Parents came with their students or students came by themselves. Admissions officers from LMU, El Camino, and our very own Mrs. Burns volunteered their time to come and speak.

This year there were several workshops to attend throughout the school. These include information on UC’s, CSU’s, Independent colleges, testing/planning, and financial aid. Each workshop went on for approximately 25 minutes one after another.

At the UC workshop, an admissions officer from UC Riverside spoke. The application for all UC’s opens October 1st and closes promptly on November 30th. The personal statement is the longest section on the application. It must be at least 1,000 words and include two questions, mostly asking you to describe where you come from and where you want to go. The speaker also mentioned that when accepted to the UC, if your schedule changes or you don’t pass a class, you must inform the university right away or you risk losing acceptance into the university, even after being accepted.

The Cal State workshop was run by our very own Mrs. Burns. At this workshop students received a packet containing information on Cal States. It included information on all the

Cal State campuses, student checklists, test deadlines, information on financial aid, and the cost of attending a Cal State. There are 23 Cal States located all over California, each has their own website.

The Independent Colleges workshop was very vague because all the colleges and universities have different requirements. The speaker could not narrow any of the requirements down because they are all different. Therefore, this workshop was not the most helpful. Although he did give us a website we can use to do more research on the types of colleges would suit us well. This website is aiccu.edu.

At the financial aid workshop, there were two speakers, both workers from El Camino.

One speaker was a woman named Amy. Her contact information is as follows: aherrschaft@elcamino.edu. The other speaker was named Luis. His contact information is as follows: lmancia@elcamino.edu. His phone number is (310) 660-3593, extension 3496. They handed out two packets about the types of financial aid available. These include gift aids, grants or scholarships that don’t need to be repaid.  Students can also work on or off campus to pay for their education. Loans are borrowed money to be paid back, usually with interest. It is recommended to start with federal loans, then if necessary, apply for private loans. They also gave us a website to register for financial aid for free. This website is fafsa.gov. It is a long process that must be renewed every year. Information that is included in this application is the previous years tax information, social security numbers, and a maximum of ten colleges the student is applying to.