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


The El Rancho High School College and Career Center serves the entire student population of El Rancho High School. The purpose is to provide resources for all students in their preparation for life after high school.  Whether that includes a four year or two year college, the military, technical training or a gap year, the ERHS CCC aims to provide students with a place to research, share and learn how to pursue their goals. 

We are located in G-1 and are open Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM.  Please feel free to visit Mrs. Arriola,  our College and Career counselor to answer any of your questions or get help with any of your needs. 

Representatives from special programs are available at our enter to offer students one-on-one assistance and answer questions about college and careers

Tri-Cities ROP - Mayra Campos

Monday-Friday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Rio Hondo - Johnathon Olmos

Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

UCI EAOP -Hannah Cericos

Virtual Appointments

CAL SOAP LA - Keren Osorno

Monday 8:00 AM -2:00 PM

***FEE WAIVERS available for the SAT and ACT. Visit the CCC for a code***

SAT Exams will not be administered at El Rancho High School due to the pandemic until further notice. College Board is working on updating the website by canceling the SAT dates at El Rancho. However, their website will allow you to register at El Rancho DO NOT register to take the SAT at El Rancho High School. El Rancho is NOT currently an SAT testing center, please make sure you register for a different location.

SAT & ACT test scores will not be used for admission for the CSU and UC system. You DO NOT need any test scores to apply to a CSU or UC for the class of 2022.; If you would like to look up your school to verify if you need test scores for admission visit this website:

Questions? email Mrs. Arriola or visit the CCC.


Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is available.

To register on-line for SAT: Click here

For SAT test dates and registration deadlines: Click here

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


Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is available.

To register online for ACT: Click here

For ACT test dates and registration deadlines: Click here


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.


Are you interested in taking a class at a Community College? As a high school student you are required to apply and complete a Concurrent Enrollment form every semester.

NEED A RIO HONDO TRANSCRIPT for High School? Click Here


College courses are not not make up High School classes. The purpose of college classes during high school is for enrichment. Therefore, we highly ENCOURAGE students to have a 2.5 GPA to take college courses.

Do you need help looking up classes on the Rio Hondo online catalog? This video will help you. Click Here

Steps to register for Rio Hondo classes

STEP 1 Complete a Rio Hondo application online every semester.

When you complete your application online make sure you use your PERSONAL EMAIL and your LEGAL NAME. Your name needs to match your birth certificate and match our school records.

  • Go to Rio Hondo to complete your application:
  • Make sure to save your confirmation number, you will need to email it to Mrs. Arriola.
  • Rio Hondo will email you your ID number within 24 hours if you are a new student, you will need it for step 2.
  • Make sure to keep your Rio Hondo ID number for future use, it begins with 001
  • If you forgot your ID number, email Mrs.Arriola your confirmation number and DOB

Need help completing the application online?

  • If you are a NEW student and you have NEVER taken community college classes before Click Here
  • If you are a RETURNING student and have taken community college classes before Click Here

STEP 2 - Complete the Concurrent/Dual Enrollment Form

  • You will need to complete a Dual Enrollment Form - click here for the form
  • Email the completed form and your confirmation number to Mrs. Arriola
  • Once the form has been processed by Rio Hondo you will be emailed with further instructions.

STEP 3 - Register online for the class

  • You will be receive an email letting you know that you can add your class to your portal
  • The email will contain all the step to add your class
  • If you need help logging into your portal Click Here
  • If you need help adding your classes, view this video: Click Here

Still need help? - email Mrs. Arriola or schedule a Zoom Meeting

Rio Hondo College representative is available to assist on Fridays from 8:30AM-3:30PM.
Click Here for AccessRIO

Click Here if you're a FIRST TIME college student (never attended before) and want to attend Cerritos College

Class Schedules for surrounding community colleges:

Rio Hondo College Schedule

Cerritos College Schedule

East Los Angeles College Schedule

Mt. San Antonio College Schedule

Pasadena City College Schedule

*FEE WAIVERS for the CSU and UC are in the application. If you don't qualify for a fee waiver please come to the CCC to pick up a scholarship application to cover one application.


To apply you need to sign in through your CCGI account. Click here to launch CCGI

CSU application: Click Here


  • Application is now available
  • Window to submit application: Nov. 1 - December 4
  • Attend a virtual informational webinar. UC for You- Click Here to Register

To apply you need to sign in through your CCGI account. Click here to launch CCGI

UC Application: Click Here

Personal Insight Questions (PIQ) information

Click here to get more information on PIQ's

Click here for a Personal Insight Questions Guide


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.



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.


Get help completing your FAFSA or Dream Act
Stop by G-1 for Assistance


Click Here to see CAL GRANT Information

FAFSA and CA Dream Act (Federal Aid)
Click Here

Prepare for FAFSA by creating a FSA ID for yourself and your parent. Click Here to create a FSA ID

Click Here for CCGI link- Use CCGI to link your college application with your transcript

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.

Different loans that are offered:

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 to apply: January 28, 2022 3:00 pm CT

Award: $5,000 - Awards are renewable up to three or four years or until a bachelor's degree or Bachelor of Architecture (BARCH) degree is earned, whichever occurs first, on the basis of satisfactory academic performance maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale


  • Be high school seniors in states California and Texas
  • Have been accepted in a full-time undergraduate study at an accredited NAAB, LAAB, ABET, CIDA, NASAD, for or five-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Pursuing a degree in one of the following majors associated with the building and design industry: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture/Design, Architectural Engineering, Structural Engineering, Building Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related degree
  • Be Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander and Women of all races
  • Be legally authorized to work in the United States

For more information and to apply, CLICK HERE



The Dr. Amanda Perez Scholarship was developed in 2008 to assist high school and college freshman students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine.

Deadline to apply: February 15, 2022 at 11:59 PST. All application materials must ARRIVE by this date!


  • Must be High School Senior or freshman at 4-year university during the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Must be committed to pursuing a career in medicine and dedicated to serving the Latino and underserved communities.
  • Applicants should demonstrate a desire to advance the state of healthcare and education in Latino  and underserved communities through leadership in extracurricular activities and/or membership in civic organizations.
  • Students are eligible to receive the scholarship regardless of immigration or citizenship status, as long as the university they attend will allow them to enroll and register for classes.
  • Strong consideration will be placed upon financial need.
  • Must be a dues-paying member of LMSA-West. (Free for high school students. Can also contact LMSA Executive Board for financial assistance if needed).
  • Must be a resident or attending school within the LMSA-West region states (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho).
  • LMSA-West reserves the right to withdraw or withhold scholarship pending submission of necessary documents

It is the student's responsibility to submit the application and all supporting documents by the deadline.

1. COMPLETED APPLICATION: Must be typed, not exceed the outlined maximum word limit, signature page must be submitted by email, extracurricular activities may not exceed one page, and resumes are not acceptable.

2. PERSONAL STATEMENT: One page ((single spaced, 12-pt font) describing your family and personal background, educational objectives, community involvement, financial need and how you would assist LMSA in its mission to provide healthcare to the Latino community.

3. LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION: The letter should comment on the your academic performance, academic and community achievements, personal qualities, potential for future success and contributions to the Latino community. Letter must be on letterhead.

4. TRANSCRIPTS: Unofficial transcript from high school.

5. ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION: A letter from the registrar verifying enrollment at the institution you are currently attending or will be attending in the 2021-2022 academic year.

6. FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION: Include a copy of your 2021-2022 Student Aid Report (SAR) and Financial Aid Award Letter.

All application materials should be submitted via e-mail and attached in a single file in Adobe Acrobat PDF format titled LMSA-West Dr. Amanda Perez Scholarship - Applicant Last Name, First Initial 2022 to

To pick up an application, please visit the College and Career Center or you may visit the website below.

Click Here for application



Deadline to apply: Available All Year

Applicants must be the child of one of the following:

  • Active duty, reserve, or veteran U.S. Marine.
  • A Marine killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Active duty, reserve, or veteran U.S. Navy Corpsman who is/was attached to a U.S. Marine Corps unit or who was killed while serving with a U.S. Marine Corps unit.
  • A U.S. Navy Chaplain or Religious Programs Specialist who is/was attached to a U.S. Marine Corps unit or who was killed while serving with a U.S. Marine Corps unit.

Click Here to get more information and to apply


MALDEF - This is an extensive handbook with a list of scholarships

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  • Contains over 2.8 million scholarships
  • Questionnaire also offered in Spanish Features
  • Sort scholarships by name, deadline or award amount
  • View printable calendar listing all scholarship deadlines
  • Register online at


Students must download and complete all information on the PERMIT TO EMPLOY AND WORK. Please ensure that all the required signatures are on the form. Completed forms are accepted via e-mail only. Forms and questions can be directed to Mayra Fajardo,

Download Work Permit Application Click Here

Once the form is completely filled please bring it to the College & Career Center
In order to be eligible for a work permit you must have a 2.0 GPA

We also process work permits for Non-ERHS students who live in Pico Rivera.

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


Some employers may require you to submit a resume. There are several online templates available. Here is a website that gives you ideas on how to create your resume Click Here.  Google Docs and Microsoft Word offers free templates as well.  If you have never had a job or are having a difficult time finding a template, please come to the college career center or email Mrs. Arriola for assistance.


Fall 2021 Internship Program with Congresswoman Linda Sanchez

Teens Volunteer is looking for students who want to volunteer virtually
Click Here to view the flyer
Click Here for the website

The Emily Shane Foundation is looking for mentors/tutors

  • You need to be a Junior/Senior
  • 3.0 GPA or Higher
  • Willing to volunteer a minimum of 1hr two times a week

Fill this application and email it to

Application: Click Here

Tri-Cities ROP

Come and Visit our ROP advisor

Mayra Campos

Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 7:30am-4:00pm

For more information call College and Career Center (562) 801-7540
or visit us in room G-1

for additional information