CCC Weekly Updates

Are you interested in meeting with a CCC Counselor? Please fill out this form to request an appointment with a CCC counselor!

Letter of Recommendation Information

We've linked the screencast recorded by the College & Career Center, the slides from the presentation and the LOR Checklist to help you keep track of your progress and find everything you'll need. 

College Essays
  - submit for revision by a College Counselor with this

El Camino Counseling Meetings in the CCC
Wednesday, Feb 2nd PM Office Hours (12:30pm):  Application Workshop and ECC Overview.  Seniors, come hear about the advantages of attending El Camino College including Summer prep and our outstanding transfer programs to top schools. Follow along as your ECC Counselor, Suzy, reviews the application and key steps to qualify for priority registration and free tuition.  Attendance capped at 15 students.  Sign up on Naviance or in the CCC.

Wednesday, March 2nd PM Office Hours (12:30pm):  ECC South Bay Promise Application Guidance plus Assessment Survey.  Students who've applied to El Camino should attend to learn about the application for South Bay Promise (free tuition!) and instruction on how to complete the placement survey.  Attendance capped at 15 students.  Sign up on Naviance or in the CCC. 
Individual meetings will be available during PM Office hours on the following dates:  
    • Feb 16, March 23 & 30, April 20

Please sign-up for individual meetings in the CCC.

Senior Class of 2022 Scholarship Notebook Program
MCHS Scholarship Notebook Program -The scholarship notebook is a personal profile that will be read by members of community scholarship committees. Each scholarship committee creates their own criteria for selection and carefully screens the applicants to find the appropriate candidates for their scholarships. The scholarship donors are looking for students who may meet ANY of the following criteria: financial need, plan to attend a two- or four-year school or trade school, have completed numerous volunteer hours, plan to study a particular major (i.e. Art, Dance, Business, Education, Language), deserve a merit award for excellent grades, meet any number of additional criteria! 
*For students to be eligible to apply, students must attend ONE of the following nine information meetings in the CCC.  Each session is limited to 35 students, and it is mandatory for students to sign-up on Naviance prior to the meeting to attend.  

January 11th at 12:20pm
January 12th at 9:30am and 11:10am
January 13th at 12:20pm
January 14th at 12:20pm
January 18th at 12:10pm
January 19th at 12:20pm
January 20th at 12:20pm
January 21st at 12:20pm.

NOTE: We are confirming donors for the class of 2022 Scholarships.  If you’d like to view specific scholarships and the criteria used to select recipients, last year's scholarship chart can be found on the MCHS Website-College Tab-Senior To Dos-Scholarship Notebook.

PSAT Scores
If you took the PSAT in October, you should receive an email from the College Board when your scores are available.  More information is available at the link below:


College Tour on Amazon
The College Tour is a TV series brought to you by Emmy-nominated and multi-award-winning producers.
Hosted by Alex Boylan, each episode of The College Tour tells the story of a single college through the lens of its students.
For more information, please go to

College Application Workshop Recording:
The application overview covers the different colleges apps (UCs, CSUs, CommonApp). The Maximize Your Summer webinar will cover a task list of things you can work on over the summer. So many resources for you to have!

Event Name

Date & Time

Presentation Link

College Application Overview

Recorded Session

View Here!

Maximize Your Summer

Recorded Session

View Here!


Workshops are provided by Macalester College for any student looking for motivation and inspiration as they get closer to applying to college (interest in Macalester is not required).
What’s the difference between a liberal arts college and a state university? How can my family afford college? How can I really nail my college essay?
When you dive into your college search, the questions start piling up. So it’s time to find the answers in our Workshop Wednesdays series. We’ve covered the topics that rise to the top for students thinking about college.   
Live workshops have ended, but you can view the recorded events at any time HERE

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION - For more scholarship opportunities visit the CCC Scholarship Page HERE

Playa Optimist Essay Contest
For graduating seniors planning to attend a college, technical school or an institution of higher learning. Our Club winner will receive $300 and will advance to the District contest.  District winners are awarded a plaque and a $2500 scholarship. This year we will have second and third place winners that will be awarded $100 each. The essay and application are due on January 31, 2022. Further details of the requirements are contained in the application attached on the right side of this page.  Questions - please contact co-chairs Anita Melnic at 
310-488-6380 or Samia Boctor at 310-210-3716 or email us at

Music Scholarship Information
Mount St. Mary's University Music Scholarships are offered each year to incoming music majors, minors and non majors who participate in Music Department ensembles. Award amounts are generous, varying from full tuition to other amounts. For more information go to:

Seniors - Financial Aid/Scholarship Information
If you’re applying for financial aid, please read the information below regarding the Cal Grant:
Mira Costa has already submitted your GPA for Cal Grant purposes so there is no need for you to complete the Cal Grant GPA Verification form. However, we strongly advise that you log into your Cal Grant account and verify that your GPA has successfully been matched to your FAFSA. To do that, please visit this website and create an account.  
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Ramirez in the CCC –

California public high schools are required to submit a Cal Grant high school Grade Point Average (GPA) for all graduating seniors, unless the student or parent has opted out of the submission process. If you would like to opt out, please complete the Cal Grant GPA Opt Out Form and submit it to the CCC. More information about the Cal Grant is available on the California Student Aid Commission Website.

Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Scholarship
For more information visit HTTPS://www.NETC.Navy.MIL/Commands/Naval-Service-Training-Command/NROTC/ 
Flyer attached at the bottom of this page.

  Check out the latest postings HERE

Career Event
El Camino Fire Academy Women's Prep Program
A hands-on event to learn about the skills needed for a career in firefighting.  A FREE event open to all ages 17+
Taking place on these dates: January 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th at 8:00am - 12:00pm.
Event flyer is attached to the end of this page.

WEEKEND PRE-COLLEGE Crash Courses from Smith College
Precollege Crash Courses are one or two-day weekend intensive courses that will take you on a deep-dive into academic content. Choose from science, creative writing and women’s studies. You will get a virtual precollege experience with one of our faculty members.  For more information click HERE 

SUMMER PROGRAMS - For more programs visit the CCC's summer programs page HERE

2021-22 Summer Pre-College Program Fairs
A series of virtual events that provide students and their families the opportunity to learn about academic summer programs at top US colleges and universities. 
At each fair, attendees may visit virtual booths, where you can ask questions via text or video chat with summer program representatives. 
Registration is FREE to attendees. Visit the Virtual Fairs website at for complete information on dates, times, and which institutions will be represented at each event. 
The next Virtual Fair will be held on January 22, 2022 from 10:00am to 12:30pm Pacific time. 
Registration for the January 22 fair is now open on the Virtual Fairs website. We recommend completing the free registration process for this event as soon as possible, as there may be more students wishing to register than can be accommodated in one fair. 

UC Davis Young Scholars Summer Program
Summer research opportunity for high school students.  Participants in the Young Scholars Program will work one-on-one with research faculty and research groups in state-of-the-art laboratories for six weeks.  Each student will work on an individual project and prepare a journal quality paper and symposium presentation about their work.
Program dates:  June 19th - July 30th.  Fee reductions and application fee waivers are available.
Application period: January 15, 2022 - March 15, 2022
Visit: or email for more information

Juniors Boys - American Legion’s Boys State Program is seeking applicants

It is a participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government.  If selected, students attend the week-long program at Sacramento State University beginning on June 18th, 2022. For more information go to:

If you are interested in being considered for the Boys State program, please stop by the CCC to pick up an application.  Applications are due in the CCC by:  Monday, January 31st.

El Camino College Information
The El Camino Counselor for MCHS Students is Ms. Suzy Polnisch.  Please email or call her for an appointment.

Susan Polnisch, M.A. Ed., PPS
Counselor | Counseling and Student Success
El Camino College, 16007 Crenshaw Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90506
Email:   Google Voice: 424-234-8446

El Camino College Information Link for MCHS Students:
Please complete the path to enroll.

Santa Monica College (SMC) Information

Apply to SMC or connect with a counselor.



SoCalRoc- *Updated Spring Schedule attached below*

There are only 2 weeks left to enroll in a SoCal ROC Spring semester class! Earn high school elective credits while learning valuable skills that prepare you for an entry-level career in the medical field, working with animals, fashion design, graphic design, or cosmetology! Courses are after school and FREE for high school students! You can pick up a Spring semester schedule in the College and Career Center or contact your Career Guidance Specialist for more information and to enroll - Mrs. Rocio Pineda-Contreras at 310-224-4240 or

Test Prep, Tutoring, Essay Writing Information
- See all Test Prep, Practice Test, and Essay Workshop Offerings on the Standardized Testing Page under the College tab on the MCHS Website.

PJ's Test Prep is offering free practice tests - FREE SAT/ACT Practice Test/Seminars coming up 2/5.  Register at:

Revolution Prep is offering a free online practice tests (ACT or SAT) - on Saturday, January 29th at 9:00am.  Register at: