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in Financial Assistance Secured for 2021 Graduates

College Bound is a college and career readiness program that works to ensure high school students graduate on time with a customized plan for the future. This year-round program provides daily academic support, sponsors numerous college pathway activities, assists with resource acquisition, explores career options, and prepares members for a successful experience after high school graduation.

At the heart of the program is the one-on-one case management through which students receive the individualized guidance, encouragement, and resources they need to set and obtain their educational goals, whether that be through college, military, or trade school pursuits.

College Bound Alumni

Our College Bound program is open to all high school students, introducing them to the idea and attainability of a college education, providing guidance and resources, and preparing them for success after graduation. The program also includes workshops and support for parents, since many of our graduates are the first in their families to pursue education beyond high school.

Our Club launched College Bound in 2014 and it has grown exponentially year after year. Our school partners with Santa Ana, Orange, and Newport-Mesa Unified School Districts have given the Club access to expand College Bound into all public high schools in these districts once we secure sustainable funding.


College Bound has been my academic guidance throughout high school. From workshops to one-on-one meetings with my advisor, College Bound has offered a variety of resources to prepare me for the future and given me a different perspective on life.

-Judit, age 17, College Bound Member



Joe MacPherson Center for Opportunity

950 West Highland Street
Santa Ana, CA 92703


Click Here for our College Bound Online Program Calendar


Where can I start exploring different careers?2022-02-14T10:14:08-08:00
  • The following are online resources to start the process
    • MTBI Test: Evaluates Personality and matches to potential careers
    • Holland-Code Test: Evaluates Interests and matches to potential careers
    • California Career Zone: Compare your Values and Skills with current job market trends
What types of financial aid are available?2022-02-01T12:59:51-08:00
What topics can I learn about within this domain?2022-02-01T13:23:20-08:00
  • Active listening, conflict & resolution, embracing change, goal setting, self-advocacy, self-care, sleep wellness, time management, undocumented student resources, and much more!
What should I prepare while in high school for the post-high school job market?2022-02-14T11:01:35-08:00
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Networking Skills
  • Social Media Etiquette
What is Parent Engagement?2022-02-01T13:03:13-08:00
  • Parent Engagement involves providing information to parents and families about ways to support their students to complete their high school education as well as have a plan after high school.
  • This component specializes in providing resources and other crucial information to parents/families in order for them to be on the same page as their children. Providing information on:
    • High school graduation requirements
    • Financial aid
    • Pathways after high school
    • Senior year timeline
    • University acceptance requirements
What is Emotional Intelligence?2022-02-01T13:22:05-08:00
  • Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions. It is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, as well as the emotions of others.
  • Five Key Elements—self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills
What are the pathways available for students to pursue after high school?2022-02-01T13:04:52-08:00
  • There are 6 career pathways available after graduating high school
    • 4-year College
    • Community College
    • Technical or Trade School
    • Armed Forces
    • Gap Year program
    • Working Full-Time
  • Please reference our Pathways After High School webinar
How do I select a major?2022-02-01T13:09:20-08:00
  • When selecting a major, it is important to
    • Asses yourself: Understand your strengths, weaknesses, skills, and interests
    • Conduct your research: research jobs career paths that fit your interests and abilities
    • Take action Gain experience in order to figure out what you’re passionate about
    • Evaluate and make your Major decisions: Put together the information you have collected
  • Please reference the Major Exploration webinar
How do I select a college to attend?2022-02-01T13:08:20-08:00
  • Some factors to consider when selecting a college are:
    • Types of colleges
    • Majors
    • Location
    • Cost
    • Campus setting
    • Student life
  • Please reference the Choosing a College webinar
How do I manage money as a student?2022-02-01T13:01:29-08:00
How do I find the right career?2022-02-14T10:04:53-08:00
  • Career exploration and development is a lifelong process. Finding the “right” career requires that individuals evaluate their own VIPS
    • Values
    • Interests
    • Personality
    • Skills
  • High school students can learn more about their own VIPS through:
    • High School and College Classes
    • Internship and Job Opportunities
    • Extra-Curricular Activities and Sports
    • Clubs and Community Service
How do I create balance in my life?2022-02-01T13:25:43-08:00
  • How do I create more balance in my life?
    • To create more balance in your life, a few suggestions are—
      • Reflect on how you are doing mentally/physically
      • List all your priorities
      • Plan out your tasks by daily, weekly, or monthly
      • Ensure to include “me time”- Self Care!
      • Know your limits
      • Ask for help/support

                        *Need help developing a plan? Schedule an appointment with a College Bound advisor.


Costa Mesa



El Modena

Santa Ana

Middle College
Santa Ana


Questions or Comments?
Xochitl Abarca, Director of College & Workforce Development
(714) 543-5540, ext. 315
[email protected]

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