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Dual enrollment

Understand the Process!  Students and parents should read all of these resources and then schedule an appointment with Mr. Lane or Mrs. Millar to discuss options prior to enrolling in dual enrollment courses!

Steps at Columbia CC

Dual Enrollment Programs

Required Paperwork


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

Career Center Hours

The Career Center is located in Room 27.  Hours are from 12-4 pm on Monday and 7:30-3:30 Tuesday-Friday.  Students can schedule appointments to discuss careers, college, military, technical programs and college athletic eligibility requirements.  Assistance with college applications, FAFSA, regional and national scholarship searches and much more is available!

Air force rotc scholarship program

All grade level students are invited to attend the Air Force ROTC scholarship presentation by 2nd Lieutenant Contreras on December 11th at 2 pm.   Senior applications are due January 17, 2020.  Requirements include:

3.0 GPA

1240 SAT or 26 ACT

US Citizenship

Interview with ROTC

Air Force fitness test

Completed activities list

Scholarships range from tuition to full ride!  Experience college life for four years and then graduate with a guaranteed job and no college debt!  See Mrs. Millar to sign up.

PSAT Score release and interpretation workshop

Students who took the PSAT in October will receive an email between December 9-11 with information on how to access their scores.  On Friday, December 13th there will be two mini workshops offered in the Career Center for students that would like additional help in understanding scores, how to participate in the College  Board Opportunity Scholarship Program and how to link scores to Khan Academy for free SAT test prep.  Stop by the Career Center to sign up!  The times are 1:30 or 2:15.  Your PSAT test books will also be available for pick up.

UC Merced extends application filing period to December 20th!

Four-year bound seniors who are still looking at colleges are encouraged to consider UC Merced.  UCM has extended their application filing period to December 20th!  We have Bret Harte alumni that have graduated from UCM and are very pleased with their education and job placement.  Currently, an alum is working her Ph.D in mathematics and has been selected into a very competitive national research program.  UCM has already climbed into the Top 50 public research universities in the country and it is only about 20 years new!  The future is bright for this up and coming university! 

free technical theater program applications open!

Students interested in technical theater are invited to apply to a series of five workshops hosted by Main Street Theatre Works through the Yes! Youth Education Program.  Students who complete 4 of 5 workshops are eligible to apply for an internship for the 2020 season!  Packets are available in the Career Center or you may apply online by January 6, 2020.

State sponsored summer school for the arts

Students interested in visual, literary or the performing arts are invited to apply to the California State Summer School for the Arts.  The program runs from July 11-August 7, 2020.  Financial aid is available to cover the fee of $2250 that covers housing, food and instruction.  The deadline to submit materials is February 12, 2020.

BEzos scholarship program

Are you a junior that is ready to become the next leader we need?  How would you like to attend a week long all expense paid trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival?  More information is available at this link.  Stop by the Career Center if you need help with your application!  January 31, 2020 is the deadline to apply.

Coolidge scholarship

Juniors who are a US citizen or legal permanent resident and plan to attend a four-year university should check out the Coolidge Scholarship.  This is a full-ride scholarship to attend any accredited US university.  Applications are due by 5 pm EST on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

advisory board for higher education and climate change

This program is open to juniors.  If selected to participate you will embark on an all expense paid trip to Barcelona, Spain to participate with juniors from around the globe in a joint conference that will focus on the improvement of higher education.  The deadline to apply is January 5, 2020.  Stop by the Career Center for help with your application!

mandatory dual enrollment meeting 4 Academic Year 20/21

Mandatory dual enrollment meetings for any student planning to enroll as a special admit (taking a college level class at a community college) or as a CCAP (taking a college level class at Bret Harte) student must attend a mandatory meeting on April 15, 2020 in the Learning Center. Special admit students will meet from 8-8:45 and CCAP students are scheduled from 8:45-9:30.  Students planning to take classes in both programs must attend both meetings. Sign up in the Career Center for a pass.  The schedule will rotate to 8,2,4,6 so the meetings are during Pond.  Paperwork and procedures will be addressed by Columbia staff and Mr. Lane.  If you miss this meeting, you will not be allowed to take classes in either program.  

southwest oregon 

Seniors with a 3.75 GPA or higher qualify for free tuition at Southwest Oregon College in Coos Bay.  Dorms are available.  Athletic scholarships are also available.  Go to their website for more information.

hamilton scholars program for juniors

Juniors interested in participating in the Hamilton Scholars program must submit an application by January 29, 2020.  Students are awarded $500 scholarships and enter a five-year, no cost empowerment program.  Information can be found here.

oregon private colleges summer exploration

Juniors interested in visiting 11 private colleges in Oregon should make plans to visit between July 27-July 31, 2020.  Information on how to register and the list of participating colleges can be found here.

School day SAT April 14, 2020 Registration is now open!

Juniors who are considering going to a four-year college are strongly encouraged to sign up NOW to take the SAT on April 14th on the Bret Harte campus.  This is the first time that Bret Harte has offered this option to students.  All other dates will require you to travel to take the test.  This School Day program is only open to juniors per College Board guidelines.  The fee is $64.50.  Students on free or reduced lunches or who meet income limits (2018 tax return needed) will pay $15.  See Mrs. Millar if you have fee reduction questions.  Please sign up and pay for your test at the fee widow before March 3, 2020.  There will be no late sign up options!

California community college last chance application workshop!

Seniors applying to any California Community College should plan to attend an application workshop scheduled for March 20th from 1:30-3 pm.  Secure a Pond pass from the Career Center.  Outreach personnel from Columbia College will be here to help you submit a CCC Apply and Promise Scholarship application.

Soroptimist violet richardson award for girls

Girls between the ages of 14-17 who have been volunteering in our community are highly encouraged to apply for the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award.  The winner will receive $500.  This is a local scholarship so if you have been active in your community as a volunteer pick up an application packet in Room 27.  Who wouldn't like $500?  The deadline to apply is January 10, 2020.

SAT/ACT Dates 2019-2020

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

collegeboard opportunity scholarship program

College Board offers the Opportunity Scholarship program  to all community and four year bound students. 5 million dollars will be awarded randomly to Class of 2021 students who complete six college planning steps.  Class of 2021 students may start completing steps 1-3 in December. To participate click on this link.  Stop by to see Mrs. Millar if you need further assistance.

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.

Seniors planning to major in Engineering are encouraged to apply for a San Joaquin Engineers Council Scholarship.  The deadline is January 11, 2020

The Elks offer two scholarship opportunities for students.  The Most Valuable Student Scholarship is open to all seniors and 500 scholarships worth $4000-$50,000 will be awarded.  The deadline to apply for the MVS is November 5th.  The second scholarship is for seniors whose parent or grandparent is an Elks member.  The Legacy Award is worth $4000 and the application deadline is January 31, 2020.  Brochures are available in Room 27!  Apply online!

The Christermon Foundation will award scholarships worth $3000-$6000 to students who have a parent or grandparent that work in an industry that holds a California beverage alcohol license.  To find out more information and to apply before the February 15, 2020 deadline follow the Christermon Foundation link here.

The Italian Catholic Federation offers scholarships to students of Italian descent that are Roman Catholic.  Students must have a 3.2 GPA.  The deadline to submit all materials is March 15, 2020 and the application is online.

Bret Harte Classes of 2020 and 2021, have you started thinking about college and the steps you need to take to make your dreams a reality?  By completing steps in the College Board 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 senior scholarships

Seniors will meet with Mr. Lane and Mrs. Brooksher on January 17th at 1:30 pm to receive local scholarship packets as well as information and timelines for submission of application materials.  All seniors should plan to attend as there are scholarships available in many different categories of study!

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.

Student Tracking:  Information Used in Admissions

Elite Admission: what is college worth?”

California SAT Averages Higher Than National Averages


College Planning Websites

College & Career 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 Dates 2019-20

12/11  Air Force ROTC

12/13  PSAT Interpretation WKS

1/17   Senior Scholarship Info

2/26   FAFSA Application

3/2     Last Day to Submit FAFSA

3/18  ASVAB

3/20  Community College App

4/14  School Day SAT Day

4/15  Dual Enrollment Mtg

4/15  CCAP Mtg