College & Career Center Newsletter

December 15th, 2017 Edition

CCC upcoming Events
from 6:30pm - 7:30pm

You've taken the PSAT - Now What?
Information session on the PSAT and College Admissions Testing. All Sophomore and Junior students and their parents are encouraged to attend in the College and Career Center (room 28). Please sign-up to attend here for planning purposes. 
Selected topics include:
-How to interpret your PSAT results
-The differences between the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.
-Criteria for the National Merit Scholarship Competition
-College Admissions testing timeline and preparation options.

01/20/18 AND 01/27/18
Free practice SAT/ACT tests offered at Leigh, sign up here.  $20 donation to the H&SC is strongly encouraged to cover future scholarships.

CUHSD College Fair @ Prospect High School, 6-8pm

PSAT10 for the Sophomore class

CUHSD Career Pathway Expo @ Del Mar High School, 6-8pm

CCC closed days
12/23/17 - 1/9/18
Holiday break - CCC will be closed

Spotlight of the week: Scholarship and Financial Aid

Deadlines for your FAFSA Application! 


You can apply for FASA for free

Tips on Scholarship Aid Searches
The winter break is a great time for students to search and apply for “outside scholarships".
There are many FREE resources available to students.  As students search for outside scholarships, be advised that students should never pay for scholarship information.

Listed below are 9 reputable scholarship sources:
1. Current information at the high school or community college
2. The financial aid office at each UC campus
3. The U.S. Department of Labor’s FREE scholarship search tool
4. The public or school library’s reference section
5. Foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups
6. Organizations (including professional associations) related to their field of interest
7. Ethnicity-based organizations
8. The student’s or their parents’ employer
9. Scholarship web search engines

Scholarships vary in size, applications requirements, and deadlines.  Students should apply broadly and continue the process of searching and applying for scholarships throughout their academic career.

News and Information

Understanding your PSAT report!

Career Spotlight!

Aerospace Engineers

What Aerospace Engineers Do
Aerospace engineers design primarily aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. In addition, they create and test prototypes to make sure that they function according to design.

Work Environment
Aerospace engineers are employed in industries whose workers design or build aircraft, missiles, systems for national defense, or spacecraft. Aerospace engineers are employed primarily in manufacturing, analysis and design, research and development, and the federal government. 

How to Become an Aerospace Engineer
Aerospace engineers must have a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or another field of engineering or science related to aerospace systems. Aerospace engineers who work on projects that are related to national defense may need a security clearance.

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

What Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians Do
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians operate and maintain equipment used in developing, testing, producing, and sustaining new aircraft and spacecraft. Increasingly, these workers are using computer-based modeling and simulation tools and processes in their work, as well as advanced automation and robotics.

Work Environment
Aerospace engineering and operations technicians usually work in manufacturing or industrial plants, laboratories, and offices. Some of these workers may be exposed to hazards from equipment or from toxic materials, but incidents are rare as long as proper procedures are followed.

How to Become an Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technician
Many employers prefer to hire aerospace engineering and operations technicians who have earned an associate’s degree in engineering technology or who have completed vocational-technical education in computer programming or robotics and machining. Prospective technicians also may earn certificates or diplomas offered by vocational or technical schools. Some aerospace engineering and operations technicians must have security clearances to work on projects related to national defense.

Quick Facts
Occupation Aerospace Engineers Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
2016 Median Pay $109,650 per year
$52.72 per hour
$68,020 per year
$32.70 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree Associate’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None None
On-the-job Training None None
Number of Jobs, 2016 69,600 12,100
Job Outlook, 2016-26 6% (As fast as average) 7% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2016-26 4,200 800
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