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College & Career

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with information and skills in preparation for high school graduation, college matriculation, and career options. 

Students will engage in self-assessment of interests and skills, as well as goal-setting projects.  Members of the Guidance Team, as well as personnel from outside agencies, will present on guidance related topics, such as A-G requirements, the college selection process, career opportunities, etc., throughout the semester. 

Students will develop a career portfolio and a four year academic plan that will serve as a roadmap for high school and beyond.  This course will embed applied technology that is consistent with the recommendations from the University of California.  This course is a graduation requirement that should be taken in 9th grade. 

Students who cannot fit this class into their schedule may have the option to take it online through community education.

Course Outline

The course is divided into the following Units:

  1. Getting Started: Utilizing a Daily Planning System, Local Intranet, Windows Basics, ANHS Website, Email, Internet Search Skills, Cyber-Citizenship, and Bridges Career Exploration Website.
  2. Improving Presentations: Manipulating Online Images, Presentation Skills, Object/Picture Formatting in MS Word, Personal Collage Presentation
  3. Written Communication: MS Word Basics, Essay Formatting (MLA), Online Forms,
  4. Data Processing: Excel Basics including Formulas/Charts, Budgets, GPA Calculations, Career Research.
  5. Self Discovery: Personal Assessments including: Interests, Values, Multiple Intelligences, Likes/Dislikes, Skills, and Myers-Briggs Personality Test.
  6. Career Exploration: Bridges Software and Internet to Research/Explore Careers, In-depth Research on One Career, Class Visitations: Academic Advisors, Career Center/ROP Director, FIDM and more.
  7. High School Planning: CUSD Graduation Requirements, College Entrance Requirements, Goal Setting, Creating a 4-Year Plan, Extra-Curricular Activities at ANHS, Meeting the Academic Advisors
  8. College Planning: Understanding College Alternatives, College Selection Factors, In-depth Research on One College


Some Student Work

  • Planners / Agenda
  • 4 year plan
  • Excel Budget Project
  • Word Collage Project
  • Excel Database Project