College and Career Center Opens at El Segundo High School

 “The establishment of the College and Career Center is a perfect example of the El Segundo Unified School District and local business working together to support the needs of our students,” said Dr. Melissa Moore, superintendent of the El Segundo Unified School District. “We are extremely grateful for Kinecta’s generous funding of this facility. This center will help the District deliver on its goal of fostering student achievement and increasing the number of students who are college and career ready.”

The College and Career Center is the ultimate resource for students and provides a comfortable environment for researching college campuses, meeting with university representatives who visit ESHS, exploring internship and job opportunities, and attending a variety of workshops. Every week, a number of informational workshops are offered to students and include topics such as college admissions applications, career exploration, resume writing, interview skills, and foundations in personal finance, to name a few. The workshops are offered after school hours and on Saturdays to accommodate students’ impacted schedules.

Located in Room 105 at ESHS, the center features a bank of 10 new computers equipped to aid in college and career research, plenty of large work tables, job and internship boards, and comfortable living-room style seating areas that promote interaction. It is now the hub for coordination of career-related field trips, facilitation of guest speakers from local industries, and administration of concurrent enrollment at El Camino College for the Engineering Pathway students. In addition, a representative from SoCal ROC is on site every Wednesday morning to answer ESHS students’ questions about career and technical job training available locally and in conjunction with their high school curriculum.

The College and Career Center is facilitated by Linal Miller, ESHS Career Educational Adviser, who is dedicated to helping students learn applicable skills, and understand the vital link between college and career readiness. “I’m here to assist students in any way I can and help them understand that college and career preparation are not separate entities,” said Miller. “Being career-ready and college-ready should not be an either/or proposition—every student should have the end goal of both in mind prior to receiving a high school diploma.”

El Segundo High School students are encouraged to visit the College and Career Center regularly to become familiar with all of the resources available to them—it’s never too early to begin planning for college admissions or to gain some valuable work experience or training. “It is extremely easy to use the College and Career Center with all of its services being accessible in one location,” said Lexi Griffin, El Segundo High School senior and Associated Student Body president. “I have already signed up for a few workshops and will take advantage of this center to talk with the different college and university representatives when they visit.”

The College and Career Center is open to assist students during snack time, lunch and after school on a drop-in or appointment basis via sign-up sheets in Room 105. For more information about the services offered, please visit the ESHS website Career Readiness Resources link found on the “Counselors” page.

 

About the El Segundo Unified School District

The El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) was established in 1912 to serve all of the residents living in the City of El Segundo and covers the western part of the city. ESUSD consists of six schools including the Eagle’s Nest Preschool, Richmond Street and Center Street Elementary Schools, El Segundo Middle School, El Segundo High School the Arena/Virtual High School, as well as partnerships with the South Bay Adult School and California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC).