Preparing For It

There is a wealth of resources available to prepare for life after high school – whether heading directly to a university or community college or starting a vocational training or apprenticeship program.

Exploring Post High School Options
The Pedrozzi Foundation partnered with the City of Livermore Library to host But I Don’t Wanna Go to College which explored post high school options. If you missed the event, watch it now.

Tri-Valley ROP – Careers by Choice, Not by Chance
Livermore high school students can explore 9 different career pathways while still in high school. Career and Technical Education (CTE) gives high school students the chance to get a head start on preparing for college and careers. Regional Occupational Programs (ROP) provides engaging learning opportunities for high school students eager to acquire career training and technical skills essential for business and industry employment.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. FREE online tutoring for a wide variety of subjects – including math from the K-2 level to multivariable calculus.

FREE SAT Practice
The creators of the SAT have given Khan Academy exclusive access and advice to build a personalized practice program for anyone, anywhere. These tools are free and available now for every student to take ownership of their learning and their future.

College Board
The College Board administers the SAT, AP and PSAT college admissions and preparation tests, but also provides resources for test preparation and college research. Visit YouCanGo and bigfuture to explore how college can be a part of your future.

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ACT Profile
In addition to administering the ACT college admission test, the ACT provides two resources to help students answer “What do I want to do?” One resource is the ACT Profile – a free college and career planning self-assessments that help pinpoint your unique interests, values, and skills.

ACT World of Work Map
Graphically shows how occupations relate to each other based on work tasks.

California Community Colleges (CCC)
In additional to starting on the path towards a bachelor degree, students can receive training for a wide variety of vocations and careers from accounting to welding technology at one of the 113 CA Community Colleges. Use these sites to explore educational and training options available in the CCC system.

CCC Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)
Every California Community College receives funds to support on campus Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS).  The primary goal of EOPS is to encourage the enrollment, retention and transfer of students challenged by language, social, economic and educational disadvantages, and to facilitate the successful completion of their goals and objectives in college. EOPS offers academic and support counseling, financial aid and other support services.  Click here to view information about EOPS at Las Positas College.

Find a CA Community College
Use this tool to search for communities colleges by academic program and geographic area. If the vocational training you are not interested in is not available at your local community college it may be available at a nearby college.

Alphabetical Listing of CA Community Colleges
Use this listing of CA Community Colleges to see a snapshot of each of the CA Community College campuses: enrollment statistics, degree and certificate programs, transfer rates to CSU and UC campuses, and associate transfer degrees.

California Career Café
A virtual career center for California Community College students – explore interests and career paths and even apply for jobs.

California College and Career Planning
Site includes information for high school, college and career planning organized by who you are: middle school student, high school student, college student or parent.

Apprenticeship programs

Students who like to work with their hands and minds might want to consider an apprenticeship after high school. More than 850 occupations can be learned on the job through an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship prepares students for a career through a structured program of on-the-job learning with classroom instruction, while working and earning a salary.

ABC NorCal Apprenticeship Program
Based in Livermore, ABC NorCal (Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Northern California Chapter) operates building trades (carpentry, construction craft, laborer, electrical, painting and plumbing) apprentice programs which are approved by the State of California and the U.S. Department of Labor. The program is funded by various private and public sources; students only need to purchase the tools required for their trade. The Pedrozzi Foundation is proud to offer Tool Scholarships to LVJUSD graduates who have been accepted into an ABC NorCal Apprenticeship program. For more information about the scholarship, click here.

I Built It –Power to Your Future
This site provides information for anyone looking for a rewarding career in the building trades and explains how apprenticeship programs work. Apprenticeship is a way to earn a good living while learning a skilled trade. The building construction trades offer a respectable and lucrative career path. Students and parents – make sure to check-out the website pages under Youth Information.
This site provides information on the various apprenticeship programs in California, including outlining what various trades do and the qualifications to enter programs.

Tri-Valley One Stop Career Center
Tri-Valley One Stop Career Center provides FREE resources to Tri-Valley adults seeking jobs, training, or education. The center is located in Dublin and has a satellite office at Las Positas College in Livermore.