College & Career Center (G-1)

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Our office is open to assist you with questions about college applications, financial aid, SAT and ACT exams and work permits.

Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
(562) 801-7540

Welcome to the College Career Center web page.

Representatives from special programs are available to offer students one-on-one assistance and answer questions about college. See the Program Advisor for an application to join one of these excellent programs.  Advisor schedules are as follows:

G1DPR Leader Program
Michelle Sandoval
Tuesday 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Wednesday & Thursday 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Silvia Gonzalez
Tuesday & Thursday
8:30AM - 3:00PM

Mindy Ngo
Monday & Wednesday
8:00AM - 1:00PM

Cal State LA
Maggy Murillo
8:00AM - 12:00PM

Rio Hondo
David Belis
Friday 8:00AM - 3:00PM

Tri-Cities ROP
Katie Siapin
Wednesday & Friday
7:30AM - 4:00PM

Sign up in the CCC to meet with these representatives: 

• US Marines - Wednesday, February 13th - Quad during lunch

• US Army National Guard - Tuesday, February 19th - Quad during lunch

• US Navy - Tuesday, February 19th - Quad during lunch

• US Army - Thursday, February 21st - Quad during lunch


The next exam will be offered on April 13, 2019. Fee waivers are available to Juniors who qualify for free/reduced lunch. Deadline to register is Friday, March 8th.

To register online for ACT: Click here

The next exam will be offered on March 9, 2019.  Fee waivers are available to Juniors who qualify for free/reduced lunch and are CSU eligible.  Deadline to register is Friday, February 8th.

To register on-line for SAT: Click here 

Looking to get the best score possible? Get Official SAT Practice online with Khan Academy for FREE.

Be sure to send your scores to the colleges/universities where you intend to apply.  Be sure to use FREE score reports within the allotted time or you will be charged  - ACT $13 to each campus, SAT $12 to each campus.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE - Are you interested in taking a class at a Community College?
Remember that as a high school student you will be required to complete a Concurrent Enrollment form to be signed by student, parent/guardian and counselor BEFORE registering for a class.

3 Steps for taking a Community College Class:
1 - Online application (Click Here for application)
2 - Concurrent Enrollment Form (Requires signatures of student, parent & counselor)
3 - Register online for class



Most private schools have later deadlines. Deadline dates can be found on each individual school's website. Click Here to use The Common Application. Click Here to use The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success application.

SENIOR SPRING REMINDERS - Mark your calendars to make sure you don't miss an important deadline. Keep track of what you need to do for community college, CSU or UC campuses.

Applying to Out-of-State and Private schools through College Greenlight allows you to complete one (1) application to send to multiple colleges.  As an added benefit, participating colleges have agreed to waive the application fee.  Click Here to begin your application.

FAFSA and CA Dream Act  (Federal Aid)
Prepare for FAFSA by creating a FSA ID for yourself and your parent.
Sign up for a Workshop to get help completing and submitting your application.  Make sure you have all requested information from checklist.

CSS FINANCIAL AID PROFILE - Required for Private Schools

Click Here to apply for FAFSA  - U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a Social Security number

Click Here to apply for CA Dream Act - Not a U.S. citizen, do not have a Social Security number

Cal Grant (State Aid) - Click Here to create your portal to see if you qualify for a Cal Grant.

This chart will explain the different types of student loans:

Understanding and Comparing Loans
The following is a link to a site that will assist students and parents in understanding the different type of loans available.  It will also allow you to compare loans to determine which is best for you.  Click Here
All scholarship applications are available in paper form in the College Career Center unless an online link has been provided.

Deadline:  February 28, 2019

• Must be a current senior of El Rancho High School graduating in Spring 2019
• Minimum GPA of 3.0
• All heritages welcome to apply
• US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
• Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited university in the Fall of 2019

Deadline:  March 10, 2019

Eligibility requirements:
• Current high school senior graduating in Spring 2019
• Minimum GPA of 3.0
• Planning to enroll at an accredited institution of high learning as a full-time student pursuing an academic discipline
• Must be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident of Hispanic origin
• Preference is given to students who have demonstrated leadership or mentoring qualities through their record of involvement and participation in civic activities in school or in their community.

Deadline:  The end of every month

The Contest is open to anyone 16 years of age or older.  Each essay must be at least 300 words and in response to a monthly essay prompt made available on the Website.  All essay submissions must be submitted through the Website by 11:59 PM CST.

Click Here for University Tutor Website


Immigrants Rising Scholarship Directory - List of scholarships available to residents and undocumented students.

MALDEFScholarship Resource Guide
This is an extensive list of scholarships that may not require a valid social security number to redeem the award. It is suggested that you look through the scholarship list and select scholarships that are applicable to you.

SallieMae - 
Easy to use FREE service with no ads and no selling of user info 
Contains over 2.8 million scholarships worth more than $16 billion 
Questionnaire also offered in Spanish
Sort scholarships by name, deadline or award amount 
Adjustable match accuracy to see more or fewer awards 
View printable calendar listing all scholarship deadlines 
Register online at

Unigo Scholarship Match
Free scholarship matching service with a database of over 3.6 million scholarships. Scholarships added daily.

Click Here to register online.

To get a Work Permit:
Download a Request for Work Permit form and instructions by Clicking Here. Please print Request AND Instructions back-to-back (on 1 sheet of paper, two-sided) read instructions carefully and make sure all requested information is completed. All information provided on the Request will be used to process/issue your work permit.

We also process work permits for Non-ERHS students who live in Pico Rivera.  Please DO NOT use the Request for Work Permit form posted above.  Send a request via email to and I will forward the appropriate form to you.

Students looking for Entertainment Permits must contact the Department of Industrial Relations-Division of Labor Standards at 562-590-5048.

Resume - Some employers may require you to submit a resume. There are several online templates available. If you have never had a job or are having a difficult time finding a template to use, send me an email at and I will send you a template and instructions.

(updated 2/12/19)
The following employers are accepting applications:

• Applebee's - Servers/Host/Hostess
1493 N. Montebello Blvd., Montebello

• Buffalo Wild Wings - Cashier/Greeter
193 Stonewood Court, Downey

• Chick-fil-A
8613 Firestone Blvd., Downey

• Chipotle
8888 Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera
545 N. Montebello Blvd., Suite B, Montebello

• Denny's
2727 Via Campo St., Montebello

• Habit Burger Grill - Cashier
8988 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera
545 N. Montebello Blvd., Suite A, Montebello

• Marie Callender's - Server
7860 Florence Avenue, Downey

• Mimi's Cafe - Host(ess)/Busser
8455 Firestone Blvd., Downey

• Panera
8700 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera

• Payless Shoesource
2007 Montebello Town Center Dr., Montebello

• Subway
8692 E. Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera

Permission slips available in the College Career Center.

None at this time.


The College Board Opportunity Scholarship Program ($500 - $40,000)
This program gives current juniors (Class of 2020) the opportunity to earn scholarships for simply moving through the college planning process.  Sign up NOW to begin the process (Click Here)


Open to 10th, 11th & 12th grade students interested in volunteering to mentor middle school students. This program helps one develop leadership roles and provides great volunteer experience on college and job applications.

The SEA program provides one-on-one mentoring/tutoring to middle school students who are struggling/failing in the mainstream classroom. At our area in Pico Rivera, high performing students of El Rancho High School are paired with 6th - 8th graders of North Park Academy of the Arts, where they meet for SEA sessions regularly throughout the school year. SEA sessions are based on both the mentor and student's schedule/availability, but all are required to meet for at least one hour, twice weekly from 3:30 - 4:30.

USC Bovard Scholars
Deadline:  February 15, 2019

Bovard Scholars are high-achieving, resilient and place a high value on education. They show leadership and are ready to take ownership of their academic path to success.

• Junior in high school (11th grader) at time of application
• Currently hold a 4.0 GPA or above
• Enrolled in Algebra II, Trigonometry or above
• Demonstrate financial need
• Have taken advanced placement/international baccalaureate courses, if offered

The program is offered at no cost to students or families. The summer program requires three weeks of full-time residency on the USC campus from July 14 - August 3, 2019.

Deadline:  March 16, 2019
Open to current high-achieving 10th & 11th grade students.

Participants in the 2019 YOUNG SCHOLARS PROGRAM will work one-on-one with research faculty and research groups in state-of-the-art laboratories for six weeks, June 23 - August 3. Each student will work on an individual project and prepare a journal quality paper and symposium presentation about their work. At the same time, each student will experience the climate and culture of living and working on a university campus as well as enjoy weekend field trips to point of interest throughout Northern California.

Click Here for online application 

Deadline:  April 26, 2019

Application must be RECEIVED by deadline.  Open to current freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

The 4 & 2 week courses offer a variety of subjects from which students can choose one course for intense study.  Courses are interactive, engaging and challenging, and students receive 3 units of transferrable USC elective credits upon successful completion of the 4-Week program.  Students can choose from the following subject areas:

• Architecture • Engineering • Performing Arts
• Business • Global Studies • Pre-Health/Science
• Creative Writing • Journalism • Pre-Law