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Beyond High School

Your Choices After Graduation

At DUSD, it’s our goal for all students to graduate with a 21st Century education that ensures they are college and career ready, globally competitive and citizens of strong character. 

But one size doesn’t fit all. For some students, college is the logical next step of their journey while others are eager to leave the classroom and enter the working world. Explore your options with these resources.

College Information
Financial Aid
Career Information
Resume Help
Military Information

College and Career Resources

College & Career Center

Stop by to speak to a counselor! We are here to answer your questions.

Location: Room O1

7:30 am – 1:30 pm
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

College & Career Staff

Natali Calderon
ext. 5673

Jasmin Moreno-Gamboa
ext. 5673

Adrian Perez
ext. 5863

Raquel Perez
ext. 5825


Tips for Deciding on Your College

  1. Know your ability
  2. Pick three colleges by the end of 8th grade
  3. Know their admissions qualifications
  4. Know your family’s financial abilities
  5. Talk to your counselors in the 9th grade
  6. Always know your GPA

Universities & Colleges

Associate Degree for Transfer

The California Community Colleges and partnering institutions created a transfer program to make it easier for students like you to start at a community college, transfer to a guaranteed saved spot at a participating four-year university, and earn a bachelor’s degree.

Learn more

More Resources

California Colleges provides students with an all-inclusive guide for their college & career paths & enables educators to track their progress.

Community College Review

Learn about community colleges, find colleges, get financial aid help and college life tips.

California Community Colleges

Apply Online: CCC Online

Cerritos Complete Program

Get 2 years of college for free.

Cerritos College


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DEA Scholarship

DEA Scholarship

Attention Seniors! Do you want to be a teacher? Then apply for the DEA Scholarship by completeing the application (attached below) by March 27. DEA-COMP-APPLICATION-24Download

Early College Program

Early College Program

Are you interested in having your incoming 9th grader join the Early College Program? Then make sure to attend one of our Parent Info Nights on Thursday 2/22 or Wednesday 2/28. The Early College application is available and can be accessed from the link below. Early...

Local Scholarship Application Due 2/1

Local Scholarship Application Due 2/1

Attention Seniors! The Local Scholarship Application is now open. Make sure to submit your application before the NEW deadline on Thursday February 1st to be considered for many local scholarships. Application

Spring Dual Enrollment

Spring Dual Enrollment

Hey Bears! Do you want to earn college credit while in high school? Then enroll in a Dual Enrollment class. Use the link in bio to start the enrollment process. The deadline to enroll is Friday November 17th. Enroll Now!

After School Fall Classes

After School Fall Classes

It’s time to sign up for After School Classes for the fall. Use the link below to sign up. Sign up for classes!

Dual Enrollment – Fall 2023

Dual Enrollment – Fall 2023

Bears! Take advantage of our Dual Enrollment program and receives college credit while in high school. Complete the interest form to sign up! DE-PROMO-6_12Download Dual-Enrollment-Course-DescriptionsDownload

CCC Monthly Newsletter

CCC Monthly Newsletter

Hey Bears! Check out the College & Career Center's Monthly Newsletter for all of the latest information. CCC Monthly Newsletter

CTE Virtual Panels

CTE Virtual Panels

CTE Virtual Career Panels are next week! There are two sessions offered, both start at 6:00PM via Zoom. Tuesday, March 28th - Arts, Media & EntertainmentRyan Somohano - The Walt Disney CompanyMatt Winston - Stan Winston School of Character ArtsRoxanne Paz - Glow...

Early College Info & Application

Early College Info & Application

If you missed the in person or zoom meeting about the Early College Program, please use the link below to view the webinar. Early College Webinar Early College Application

Early College – C/O 2027

Early College – C/O 2027

Hello Bears! Do you know any current 8th graders?! Warren High School invites current 8th grade students and families to attend an informational meeting about the Early College program that will be offered next year at Warren High School (WHS). In this program, future...

Career Resources

The resources and links below can help you find a great career.

California CareerZone

Learn about yourself, the employment options available to you and the training that will prepare you for them.

California Conservation Corps

Learn skills, earn scholarships, make friends – the best year of your life!

California Apprenticeship Coordinators Association

Apprentices not only learn occupational skills in the classroom, their learning is expanded to include hands-on, paid, on-the-job training!

Long Beach Job Corps Center

No-cost education and career technical training program.

Los Angeles Job Corps Center

Offering the skills you need to succeed in today’s workforce, at no cost to you or your family.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Find out which careers are in demand.

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Need a Work Permit?

Stop by Room O1 and speak with Ms. Raquel Perez.

You can also email

Tips for Creating Professional Resume

When you apply for a job, you will be asked to provide your resume. Here are some tips and resources to help you create a professional looking resume.

High School Resume Template

How to create a high school resume with examples:

More information:

How to Make a Resume with the Microsoft Word Template

How to Make a Resume with Google Docs

Join the United States Military

Army – Navy – Air Force – Marines – Coast Guard

Are you thinking about joining the military after high school? You’re not alone, and there are many benefits to joining a branch of our military. However, it’s important to fully understand what you’re signing up for and what will be required of you for the contracted years you sign on.

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  • U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident with valid “green card”
  • Must be at least 17 years old (with parent permission) or 18+
  • Each branch of the military has a different enlistment age limit
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test
  • Must pass a physical exam and meet weight limits

Steps to Enlist

  1. Contact a recruiter
  2. Report to a military entrance processing stations (MEPS)
  3. Await orders for basic training

U.S. Air Force (USAF)

  • Department of Defense
  • Aerial military operations


U.S. Army (USA)

  • Department of Defense
  • Major ground combat


U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Maritime law enforcement


U.S. Marine Corps (USMC)

  • Department of Defense
  • Supports other branches
    • Land, sea-based, and air-ground operations


U.S. Navy

  • Department of Defense
  • Protects waterways outside of Coast Guard jurisdiction


Ace the ASVAB

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

To join a branch of our military, you’ll need to take the ASVAB test. This timed test scores four areas: Arithmetic Reasoning, World Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, and Mathematics Knowledge. Your scores in these four areas will determine your eligibility to enlist in the military. Prep for the exam with practice ASVAB tests or learn more with these helpful resources.