Choices: College and Career

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A specialized counseling service for those in search of college and career.                 

Choices is located at:

601 E Micheltorena St.

Unit 19

Santa Barbara, CA 93103

(805) 879-1571                              


Choices Contract Student Curriculum

Choices College and Career Counseling offers the following for a full-service contract.  Students meet regularly with the counselor starting at the end of junior year and follow the curriculum.
The purpose of this curriculum is to prepare juniors and rising seniors for their college application process.  It is a self-reflective process so that students will have the opportunity to know more about themselves, and what they are looking for in a college experience.

The following is a list of topics covered for contracted students of Choices College Counseling: 


  • College planning goals and role of the student in the process

  • Learning styles assessments

  • Personality/interest assessment (MBTI for high school students)

  • College environment inventory

  • Creating a personal profile/resume

  • Preparing for interviews (prep questions + student questions)

  • Conducting an internet search of appropriate colleges

  • Registering for SAT, ACT and SAT Subject Exams

  • Reading college view books and catalogs

  • Steps to thinking about a good college major

  • How college financial aid works

  • Scholarship searches and merit money

  • Brainstorming essay topics

  • Essay workshop by Andrea Rifkin and Dr.Ljliana Cocklin UCSB  professor of freshman writing

  • Creating a college list with timelines

  • Maintaining a senior ‘To Do’ list

  • Completing the UC and Common App

  • Selecting writers for letters of recommendation

  • How to send transcripts electronically

  • What to do after applications are submitted


Beyond Foster Care: Need for Services Beyond the Age of 21

This survey is for California former foster, Independent Living Program (ILP) eligible probation, and dual status youth ages 22 to 35. The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences and need for services of California former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth who are between the ages of 22 and 35. Participation in the study would last about 20 to 35 minutes. You may choose to withdraw your participation at any time. Your answers will be confidential. The information will be kept in a secure database with no identifying information for the duration of the study. 

The findings of this study will be used to provide suggestions for programs and services that will improve long-term outcomes for former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth. 

Visit this link in order to complete the survey! 


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