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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

College, Career, & Civic Life Readiness

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The Monterey County Office of Education supports College, Career, and Civic Life Readiness collaboration, events and resources! These include opportunities to establish and continue to lead and promote a college-going culture at your school(s). Evidence has shown that early and consistent opportunities to explore college and career pathways is beneficial for all students. Please encourage the educators at your school(s) to engage students in college, career, and civics related activities throughout this season and beyond.

Learn more about the high school ERWC grant opportunity, the CSU Graduation 2025 Initiative, and resources from the College Board. Share your districts' and schools' college, career, and civic life initiatives and celebrations on Twitter with #MCC3Readiness and #BetterMakeRoom @MCOE_Now! Below you will find some websites with useful resources as well as a brief list of school and classroom activities for all grade levels.

California College/Career Indicator

California College Guidance Initiative

Provides students with an all-inclusive guide for college & career pathways

California Career Zone

Students can find careers that best fit their background and explore job requirements, earnings, and local opportunities

Elementary School

  • College door decorating – Decorate classroom doors with college logos and images from a adopted college or the alma maters of staff and relatives
  • College spirit day – Designate a day for staff to wear shirts or graduation robes from their college
  • Career exploration – Facilitate classroom activities to explore career options
  • Community member and college student visits – Invite community members from different career fields to classrooms or host local college students as presenters

Middle School

  • Career exploration – Facilitate students taking interest surveys and plan community member and college student visits
  • College planning – Create activities to help students develop a 6-year plan
  • Financial literacy – Design activities to teach students about college savings accounts, loans, grants, and governmental financial aid
  • College eligibility – Introduce students to the A-G requirements 

High School

Important Dates and Events

October 1: FAFSA application opens – FASFA deadlines – also Cal Grant, the California Dream ActDACA, and

Scholarships including local opportunities like the Community Foundation for Monterey County scholarships

College and Career Fair at Soledad High School

College Night at Hartnell College

November 30: CSU and UC application deadlines (check Common App and others that vary)

Race to Submit

WACAC College Fair


 For information about your school(s) joining the Mission Trails Digital Media Network, call MCAET TV at: (831) 784-4192.

The Monterey County College, Career, and Civic Life Readiness Campaign kicked off with our Counselor Leadership Network! For more information about civic life readiness, check out our Monterey County Civic Learning Opportunities website and apply for the Civic Learning Award for California Public Schools. For additional support with California Dashboard College/Career Indicator progress, contact us. We look forward to collaborating and celebrating student success with you!

Definition of College and Career Ready

College and Career Ready means that students graduate from high school prepared for any postsecondary experience. By postsecondary experience we mean two and four year institutions, trade schools, technical schools or a career. Being academically ready for postsecondary education means that a high school graduate has the English and Mathematics knowledge and skills necessary to enroll and succeed – without remediation - in entry-level, credit-bearing college coursework.  To be career ready means graduates are prepared with the knowledge and skills to qualify for and succeed in the postsecondary job training and/or education necessary for their chosen career (i.e. technical/vocational program, community college, apprenticeship or significant on-the-job training). 

8 Components of College & Career Readiness

The Eight Components of College and Career Readiness provide a systemic approach for school counselors to implement, across grades K–12 — elementary through high school and beyond, to ensure equity both in process and results.  (Adapted from


Goal: Build a college-going culture based on early college awareness by nurturing in students the confidence to aspire to college and the resilience to overcome challenges along the way. Maintain high expectations by providing adequate supports, building social capital and conveying the conviction that all students can succeed in college.


Goal: Advance students’ planning, preparation, participation and performance in a rigorous academic program that connects to their college and career aspirations and goals.


Goal: Ensure equitable exposure to a wide range of extracurricular and enrichment opportunities that build leadership, nurture talents and interests, and increase engagement with school.


Goal: Provide early and ongoing exposure to experiences and information necessary to make informed decisions when selecting a college or career that connects to academic preparation and future aspirations.

  • College Visits and Tours


Goal: Promote preparation, participation and performance in college and career assessments by all students.


Goal: Provide students and families with comprehensive information about college costs, options for paying for college, and the financial aid and scholarship processes and eligibility requirements, so they are able to plan for and afford a college education


Goal: Ensure that students and families have an early and ongoing understanding of the college and career application and admission processes so they can find the postsecondary options that are the best fit with their aspirations and interests.


Goal: Connect students to school and community resources to help the students overcome barriers and ensure the successful transition from high school to college.

Additional Resources College & Career Ready:

College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards:

EPIC – Defining CCR:

News Release from CDE March 3rd:

CCR – What Do We Mean (connect ed):

Affordable Colleges Online:

Become a Teacher:

Guide to Paying for Nursing School:

Student Fitness and Nutrition Guide:

Nursing Student Mental Health Guide:


According to California Ed. Code, Standards and Frameworks:

It is imperative, as stated in the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, that “California’s students develop the readiness for college, careers, and civic life; attain the capacities of literate individuals; become broadly literate; and acquire skills necessary for living and learning in 21st century” (California Department of Education, 2015, p. 8). Additionally, California Ed. Code also legislates these focus areas, as per:

 College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards Education Code Section 33540 (Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 480, Sec. 1.5. Effective January 1, 2015.)

 21st Century Skills (AB 1246 [2012]) Education Code Section 60207 (Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 480, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2014.)

 California Education Code (EC) Section 51226

o “Each school district maintaining any of grades 7 to 12, inclusive, shall offer to all otherwise qualified pupils in those grades a course of study that provides an opportunity for those pupils to attain entry-level employment skills in business or industry upon graduation from high school. Districts are encouraged to provide all pupils with a rigorous academic curriculum that integrates academic and career skills, incorporates applied learning in all disciplines, and prepares all pupils for high school graduation and career entry.”

 California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards were adopted by the California State Board of Education (SBE) on January 16, 2013.

o “The Standards for Career Ready Practice can be integrated with a course or incorporated into several courses over multiple school years (grades seven through twelve). The practices are expectations for all students, whether they are enrolled in a CTE program or following a more generalized course sequence. It is expected that all students who exit high school will be proficient in these practices” (p. 9)


Caryn Lewis

Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 831.755.0383

Gwenn Frindt

Executive Assistant
Phone: 831.755.0364

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