Skip to main content

Test Prep & Registration

Financial Aid & Scholarship Search Engines

Career Guidance and Online Learning

College Related Apps

Vocational and Career Education

Regional & National Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Opportunities 2018-2019. Check this link frequently for regional and national scholarship opportunities!  Many of these scholarships are open to underclassman too!  Don't wait until you are a senior to apply for scholarships! This list is always a work in progress!  Please let my office know if you win one of these scholarships!

Summer Pre-College and Camp Programs

Information on summer pre-college and camps can be found by clicking the link. Summer Programs

Local Job Training

Mother Lode Job Training is available to assist all students and parents with job training, GED, and finding work!

Job Searches

California Employment Development Department for training and job searches available in California.

ZipRecruiter for high school students will assist with finding jobs nationwide.

College/Career Corner

Class of 2020 Planning event

All seniors and their parent/guardian should plan to attend this event which will cover various components of the planning process for college or military careers.  Representatives from various agencies will present materials and will have tables set up before and after to answer individual questions.  This event is only offered once a year so make sure to mark your calendar now for October 2, 2019 from 6-7:30 pm in the Theater.

AY 2019-2020 PSAT and SAT News

The Practice SAT (PSAT) will be administered on October 16th.  Freshman through juniors may take the test.  Junior year scores are used for National Merit Scholarships.  All students may link scores to Khan Academy for free test prep.  Sign ups will be taken in the fall for a limited number of spots.  All college bound juniors should take the SAT in the spring.  The great news is that Bret Harte will offer the test on campus for the first time ever for juniors only on April 14, 2020!  Listen for announcements second semester on how to sign up!  

University of California Admits

Seniors admitted to a University of California campus need to know deadlines!  Please read this document to insure you have completed all necessary steps by upcoming deadlines!

Admitted students who accept a UC offer of admission and receive a grade of D or F in their last term, should immediately contact the admissions office of the campus they plan to attend to learn if the grade will impact the offer of admission.  Students who accept a UC admission offer from the waitlist and have already submitted a SIR at another UC campus MUST cancel their SIR at the campus which they no longer plan to attend.  The SIR deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.


California State University redirection of application

 Seniors who were not accepted to a California State University campus but are CSU qualified should have received a letter regarding redirection of application.  Students should respond to this offer for admission to another CSU campus.  There is no additional cost for the redirection of application!

Colleges still accepting Fall 2019 applications

Check out this National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) link beginning May 3rd for colleges that still have openings and are accepting applications!

California Student Aid commission reminder

Students who received notification that they are qualified to receive California specific aid are reminded that they must go to their Web Grants for Students account to indicate which California institution the grant should be sent to.  Failure to list the correct institution will delay disbursement of your money!  Don't delay!

Columbia College New Student required advising

Seniors who missed Bret Harte High School “All in Day” at Columbia College but who are planning to attend CJC this fall should register for an open New Student Day.  RSVP is required.  Call the Counseling Desk at 209-588-5109.  The event is from 3-5 pm.  The next two event dates are June 3 or June 24.  Check with Columbia for other dates.

Sacramento city college summer bridge program

Seniors planning to attend Sacramento City College are encouraged to attend one of the four Summer Bridge Programs.  Each session is from 9am-1pm for four days and you must attend each day.  Sessions are limited to 50 students so sign up early!  Follow this link to register.  It is FREE!

Marina Vallejo selected to university of ChicaGo emerging rural leaders Program

Congratulations to freshman Marina Vallejo for her selection to attend the Emerging Rural Leaders I: Freshman program at the University of Chicago this summer.  Marina competed nationally to be accepted into this all-expense paid program that targets high achieving students residing in rural communities and introduces them to the process of competing for college admission to highly selective universities while having the opportunity to attend cultural events in the greater Chicago area.  Make sure you congratulate Marina when you see her on campus!

Congratulations Ireland Vallejo!

Senior Ireland Vallejo was selected to receive a California Association of Administration of State and Federal Education Programs (CAASFEP) Scholarship.  Ireland competed state-wide and rose to the top of for her outstanding academic, leadership, and community involvement during her high school career.  The Career Center wishes her the best as she continues her education to enter the medical field!

Certified nursing assistant

Modesto Junior College is offering a Certified Nursing Assistant class this summer in Modesto and will also offer the class in the fall at Columbia.  The Columbia class would only be appropriate for students on independent study as it is a T/F/S class.  If you would like more information on either class please contact the coordinator, Jeleesa Massey at MJC ( or 209-575-6914)

Host families needed

Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYE) is looking for families to host students from Germany who have been accepted into the US Department of State reciprocal program.   Click this link for more information!

Career Tech Scholarship

Are you a senior who has plans to go to a tech program in the fall?  Students who are Pell Grant eligible, enroll in a technical program at a not-for-profit post-secondary institution and plan to graduate should apply for a $2500 scholarship through the Horatio Alger Association.  Over 1000 scholarships will be awarded!

SAT/ACT Dates 2019-2020

The SAT will be administered on the Bret Harte campus on April 14, 2020.  Per CollegeBoard regulations only juniors may participate in School Day SAT.  Other SAT/ACT national dates are listed in this document.

collegeboard announces new college planning opportunity scholarship

CollegeBoard has announced a new Opportunity Scholarship program available to all community and four year bound students. 5 million dollars will be awarded randomly to Class of 2020 students who complete six college planning steps.   Learn more on  how to participate by clicking on this link.  Stop by to see Mrs. Millar if you need further assistance.

Central valley-Motherlode plumbers, Pipe & refrigeration apprentice Training program

Graduating seniors interested in the trades should check out this local program that lets you earn while you learn!  The program is five years long.  Testing in reading comprehension, figure visualization, mechanical ability, and basic math are required.  For more information and the next testing date please check out their website.

Official Transcript Requests

Students who need official transcripts sent to universities need to see Mrs. Brooksher.  Make sure to complete a transcript request form!   Athletes who need official transcripts uploaded to the NCAA or NAIA Eligibility Center need to see Mrs. Millar.

Showcasing Scholarship Opportunities

This section showcases outstanding scholarships available at the regional and national level and will be changed periodically.  A full list of scholarships is available on the scholarship link on the left side of the webpage.

Bret Harte Class of 2020, have you started thinking about college and the steps you need to take to make your dreams a reality?  By completing a step in a new Collegeboard program you have the opportunity to win a scholarship worth $500-$2,000; complete all six steps and you could win $40,000.  No essay or minimum GPA is required!  Register

Women specific scholarship are available.  Deadlines, rules and scholarship amounts vary.  


Local summer Jobs

Jane and Jean Boutique in Murphys is hiring for a part-time sales position (20-25 hours/week).  Applicant should have an interest in fashion and customer service.  This is a perfect opportunity for a senior who may be planning to attend Columbia in the fall.  Work this summer and they will work around your class schedule in the fall.  Apply in person and make sure to dress for success with an entry level resume in hand! 

Are you 18 years old and looking for a part-time or full-time job?  Foothill Village is hiring line/prep cooks, dishwashers, waitstaff, bus drivers and housekeepers.  Apply in person at 1400 Foothill Village Drive.  Dress for success and have a resume in hand!  Stop by Mrs. Millar's office for a job flyer or if you need help creating your resume!

The Bret Harte Memorial Scholarship

The Bret Harte Memorial Scholarship is a donation-based scholarship  awarded annually by the BH Scholarship Committee to deserving students who qualify by GPA and  have plans to continue their education at either a college or a career tech program.  Students must have demonstrated  financial need.  The number of scholarships and the award amount are based on the number of donations that are received year-by-year.  Please donate if you can.
Contact Courtney Brooksher at or 209-736-8315

Relevent Published Articles

From time to time, staff and parents share interesting articles related to career/college issues with me.  I will post links to some of these stories.

Elite Admission: what is college worth?”

California SAT Averages Higher Than National Averages


College Planning Websites

College Night Presentations

College/Career Calendar

University of California


California Community Colleges

Private Colleges & Universities


MIlitary Academies

Selective service registration

Males must register when they turn 18. Stay eligible for college aid, job training benefits, federal jobs and more! Register now!

CAreer Center Events 2019-20

9/19  Claim Jumper Day

10/2  Senior/Parent Night

10/16  PSAT Administration

10/23  ASVAB Administation

10/23  FAFSA Application

11/06  College&Career Fair

11/15  ASVAB Interpretation

2/26   FAFSA Application

4/14  School Day SAT Day