[BHS Etree] COLLEGE/CAREER BULLETIN: Mar. 8-12, 2010

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COLLEGE ADVISOR'S BULLETIN: Week of Mar. 8-12, 2010

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SAT WORD OF THE DAY: Capricious - tending to change abruptly and without
apparent reason; flighty


1. The 2010 Metropolitan Transportation Commission High School Internship
program is now open and accepting student applications. Approximately 30
internships will be available throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay
Area. The hourly rate is $10.00 per hour and students may work full-time or
part-time, for up to 8 weeks, between June and August 2010. For more
information and applications go to http://www.mtc.ca.gov/jobs/high_school/

2. Like Science? Want to learn about biotechnology? Sign up for the Biotech
Academy. Applications available in G305. Program is open to students who
will be juniors in the fall. Paid summer internships are part of the
program. See Ms Hansen for more information.

3. The application period for YouthWorks, the City of Berkeley's Youth
Employment Program, began February 22, 2010 @ 8:00 a.m. Qualified Berkeley
residents ages 14-25 can apply for a variety of jobs, including childcare,
recreation & clerical positions within city departments and community
organizations. The pay is $8.00/hr, and youth may work up to 6 hours/day (30
hrs/week) for a period of up to 6 weeks. The tentative start date is July
11, 2010, and interested youth are required to pick up an application in
person at 1947 Center Street, Basement. The completed application, with
Parental Authorization and all supplemental forms, must be returned by March
31st, including Photo ID, original Social Security Card, Proof of Residence
and a typed or word-processed resume. For further information, contact
YouthWorks at (510) 981-4970 or email youthworks at cityofberkeley.info.


Complete list of summer opportunities are available in the College Center,

1. Summer Program for students from traditionally underserved backgrounds --
The Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology (iCLEM) at UC
Berkeley is open to high school sophomores and juniors who are curious about
science. The program gives preference to students who are from traditionally
underserved backgrounds and have little or no family history of college
attendance. The application deadline is March 1. Students are paid a stipend
of $2500 and must commit to full-time work from June 21 to August 13. The
program teaches basic lab and research skills and provides first-hand
experience working on a bioenergy research project in a state-of-the-art
molecular biology lab located in Emeryville and easily accessible by public
transit. The teaching staff includes two UC Berkeley scientists and two high
school science teachers. In addition to basic science and research, the
program also exposes students to career exploration and college preparation
including field trips to biotech companies, career talks, writing a college
statement of purpose, researching colleges, meeting with an admissions
officer, and visits to local college campuses.


1. University of California -- To help manage enrollment the UC's have for
the first time instituted waitlists with the exception of UCLA. Berkeley
hasn't made a decision yet and Merced will continue to offer admission to
all of its UC-eligible applicants. The principles that will guide the
waitlist process are outlined on UC's website,

2. The financial aid booklet "Fund Your Future" is now available. Stop by
the College/Career Center to pick up your copy and get important information
on the ins and outs of financial aid, Cal Grants, and other state and
federal aid programs.  

Pick up a complete list of Financial Aid workshops in the College Center


1. Berkeley Community Fund Scholarship -- 10 scholarships of $4,000 per year
for four years will be awarded to Berkeley High students. In addition, other
one-time scholarships may also be awarded. Pick up applications in the
College Center D221. Application deadline April 5. 

2. Elena Castañeda Scholarship -- Open to Berkeley High seniors who speak
Spanish as their first language and plan to attend a four year college in
the fall. Application available in D221. US citizenship/permanent residency
is NOT required. Scholarship is for $3,000.

3. Rotary Club of Berkeley -- Open to students graduating from a high school
in Berkeley who are academically qualified to complete a four year college
degree but would be unable to attend without the scholarship. Selection is
based on academic potential, extracurricular activities, financial need, and
willingness to work during the summer. At least one scholarship of $5,000
per year for four years will be awarded. Social security number is not
required. Application available in D221. Deadline: March 30.

A complete list of scholarship and scholarship applications are available in
the College/Career Center D221.


1. College advising appointments available -- sign up in the College Center,
D221. Please come in and make an appointment to see your College Advisor.  

2. Junior Parent Night -- Thursday, April 8, Financial Aid Night for Juniors
at 6:30 pm in BHS Library. Sue Kim will give an overview of the financial
aid process. (Berkeley HS Parents only - limited space)

3. College-bound athletes can access the 2009-10 Guide on the NCAA
Eligibility Center website, www.ncaaclearinghouse.net to find important
information on how to become eligible. On the website go to "General
Information" then click on "Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete."
The Eligibility Center's registration fee is $60. Students from low-income
families should see Ms. Price or Ms. Sandberg for a fee waiver.

4. This is the time to start the college search. There are some wonderful
websites that can help you in this process. CollegeWeekLive is an online
virtual college fair, with hundreds of colleges and universities from around
the world participating. Besides virtual college fairs and open houses,
attendees can watch admissions experts speak on topics such as how to
prepare for the SAT, the application essay, and how to pay for college.
Attendees can also have questions answered via live chat with admissions
experts and college students. CollegeWeekLive is free, and can be accessed
at www.collegeweeklive.com.

5. SAT TEST:  Register for the SAT at www.CollegeBoard.com. Students will
also be able to find tests dates, and national test center locations at this
site, as well as helpful SAT prep information.

ACT TEST: Register for the  ACT at www.actstudent.org. Students will also be
able to find test dates, and national tests center locations at this site,
as well as helpful ACT prep information.

6. Free SAT Prep Class - Monday and Wednesdays, from 3:45- 5:30 in D219.
Juniors will be give preference. The class is being taught by the Peoples
Test Prep Service. (UC Berkeley)


*1. PUBLISH YOUR ART! Illustrations are needed for next year's BHS College
Application handbooks. Hand-drawn or digital, photos, cartoons, crossword
puzzles, or whatever—all are fine just so they're original. The art can be
in color, but be aware that it will be reproduced in black and white. The
artwork can express something about applying to college, life at Berkeley
High, student life, or just life. Of course, no objectionable subject matter
please. We'll use your name unless you don't want it published; but please
include your name and contact info on the back of your art in case we need
to contact you. Drop it off in the College/Career Center, attention Nancy
Koerner, or send it to downboy1013 at yahoo.com. Deadline is April 1. If you
have any questions, feel free to contact Nancy at downboy1013 at yahoo.com

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