CCC Weekly Updates

Seniors - 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 form

*NEW Virtual Event*
Seven Colleges that Break the Mold - Virtual Event October 28th at 4:30 PST
Meet representatives from Bard College, Bennington College, Denison College, Pitzer College, Reed College, St. John's College, and Whitman College. You will hear directly from the Vice Presidents, Deans of Admission, and Directors of Admission as we talk about applying to college in these unusual times.
The seven colleges share revolutionary approaches that set them apart in higher education: colleges that break the academic mold, buck the conventional college experience, and inspire students to become schol­ars who are actively engaged in the communities around them. While each college is different, on all of our campuses you can expect close-knit residential communities, small classes, great professors who know you by name, the opportunity and responsibility to shape your own education, rigorous scholarship, dynamic extracurricular and internship offerings, and broad-based liberal arts curricula that prepare you for the world without just training you for a single job.
Among our accolades: best classroom experi­ence, most accessible professors, best value, most beautiful campuses, best professors, colleges that change lives, most intellectual, most politically active, best food, happiest students, most diverse classrooms, most international, most entrepre­neurial, most green, best college towns, colleges that pay you back, smartest colleges, and most rigorous.
The program will include helpful advice on applying to college, introductions to each college, and an opportunity to ask questions.
Register HERE
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Admission at 503/777- 7511. We look forward to connecting with you!

Terrific 10 College Exploration Series Beginning October 12th
Terrific Ten College Exploration Series sessions are hosted by:
Arizona State University, Clemson University, Penn State, The University of Texas at Austin, University of California San Diego, University of Georgia, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Nebraska, University of Oregon, University of Colorado Boulder.
Ten of the top public research universities around the country have partnered to help you and your family navigate a national college search process in a virtual world. This is an opportunity to engage with admission experts to learn how to effectively search for and compare colleges, pay for your education, and find the academic and student experience that is right for you. Register HERE

College Representative Virtual Visits  We will begin the 2021 school year with virtual visits only. Visits are open to juniors and seniors.  This is an opportunity to learn about various colleges and to virtually meet the admissions representatives who will most likely be reading your application.  All visits are listed on Naviance, please register for meetings you wish to attend by logging into your Naviance account - click on the "College" tab, and select "College Visits".  After you register, the meeting link will be available on Naviance 24 hours prior to the meeting, and listed with the weekly visits on this page. *Please note:  If the visit overlaps with class time you must get permission from your teacher to attend.  Students may bring a device to the CCC to log-in to the virtual meetings.

Here is a list of upcoming visits and links for your convenience - 

Monday, 10/18
University of New Hampshire at 12:20pm.  Meeting Link:
University of Delaware at 2:00pm.  Meeting Link:
Loyola Marymount University at 2:30pm.  Meeting Link:

Tuesday, 10/19
Northwestern University at 12:20pm.  Meeting Link:
TCU at 2:00pm.  Meeting Link:
Champlain College at 2:30pm.  Meeting Link:

Wednesday, 10/20
Pitzer College at 10:00am. Meeting Link:
LSU at 11:22am.  Meeting Link:
Michigan State University at 12:45pm.  Meeting Link:
St. Olaf College at 2:15pm.  Meeting Link:
University of Wisconsin at 2:15pm.  Meeting Link:

Thursday, 10/21
Hofstra University at 12:20pm.  Meeting Link:
Seattle University at 2:00pm.  Meeting Link:

Friday, 10/22
Bentley University at 12:20pm.  Meeting Link:
Princeton University at 2:00pm.  Meeting Link:
UC Riverside at 2:30pm.  Meeting Link:

Please contact Christine Schiraldi ( with any College Rep Visit questions.

We encourage you to watch this screencastto learn how to use Naviance as a resource

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 Series for Seniors:

The application overview will cover the different colleges apps (UCs, CSUs, CommonApp). The College Essay Workshop is run by Paul Jury from PJ Test Prep and he will cover the do and don'ts of college essay writing. The Maximize Your Summer webinar will cover a task list of things you can work on over the summer to alleviate some of that work and prepare your for the fall and the college application process! If you missed the series, click on the links below! So many resources for you to have!


Event Name

Date & Time

Presentation Link

College Application Overview

Tuesday, June 1st 1:30PM

View Here!

Maximize Your Summer

Thursday, June 3rd 1:30PM

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

  Check out the latest postings HERE

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 10/15/21*

SoCal ROC 2nd quarter class, Adobe Illustrator, begins on November 15th! Earn high school elective credits while learning valuable skills that prepare you for a future career in graphic design. This course is after school, online via google classroom, and FREE for high school students! Contact your Career Guidance Specialist for more information and to enroll - Mrs. Rocio Pineda-Contreras at 310-224-4240 or

Please see class schedule attached at the bottom of this page.



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 –


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.