Ruben on the USS Carl Vinson

  • Good news!  

    The deadline to submit your FAFSA or CADAA has been extended to May 2, 2024!  


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  • Huskies! 

    As we embark on this final trek to the end of the 2023-24 school year we have a lot of side trails that we need to explore and embrace.  
    Students are encouraged to continue to use the platform to explore career options and to begin their college exploration journey.  
    All students are brought into the Career Center each year for a tour of the platform, and to complete an "Interest Inventory".  These inventories identify the student's strengths in their physical and mental selves and pair them up with careers that would suit their traits.  
    Students and parents can also use the platform to explore these careers and explore the colleges that offer majors for these careers.  
    Feel free to contact me for more information on the platform. 
    Juniors - It's time to start SERIOUSLY thinking about what colleges, universities, or programs you will be applying to.  Whether you are planning to apply to a Trade school, a 2 year like COS or Lemoore College, or to a four-year such as Fresno State or UCLA you will need MONEY to attend.  Scholarships can be a great help and are "FREE MONEY" that you will never have to pay back.  The Going Merry program is what we use to apply to a large amount of the scholarship in our Local Scholarship Program.  Juniors can start using this program to get themselves ready to apply to hundreds of scholarships.  More info can be found on the Local Scholarship Program Page of the Career Center Website.  
    Over the summer, many of our local community colleges offer programs to introduce students to college and its rigors.  COS has the Jump Start Program and West Hills has the Get Strong Program. Check the CC Website as well as the community college websites for information on their programs.  Also, 4-year colleges often offer summer programs in many of their majors.   I will post as much of this information here on our website as I get information from the institutes offering the programs.  You will find the info on the HW CC Calendar Page.  
    Upcoming events can be found on the Career Center Calendar Page.  They include but are not limited to: 
    Eagle Dayz 2024, Law Day Conference, Make a Difference - Teach Conference.  sign up's for these events are on the "Sign-Up Sheets" Page of this website.  
    I know that sometimes you may be overwhelmed at the number of email and Parents Square posts that we send out, but it is our way to keep you all updated with all the different things that are out there for your students and for you the parents!.  
    Hope you have a great rest of your year!  
    Mr. Ruben Amavisca
    College and Career Education Coordinator

  • Hanford West Artists!  

    May 3, 2024 - Congressional Art Challange - Each spring, a nationwide high school arts competition is sponsored by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent for students across the country.  If you are an artist and would like the opportunity to display your art in Washington DC, then you should enter this contest.  
    Click here for more information

CSU Extends "Intent To Register Deadline"

  • “For prospective students who have applied for the fall 2024 term and received admission to one or more CSU campuses, this deadline extension allows them and their families additional time to review financial aid offers before making their decision to commit to a particular CSU," said April Grommo, assistant vice chancellor of CSU Strategic Enrollment Management.


    Typically, CSU campuses would determine aid offers by March and ask admitted students to declare their intent to register to a CSU campus by May 1. However, the U.S. Department of Education announced on January 30 that it would begin sending student FAFSA information to universities starting in mid-March—approximately two months later than initially planned. This means that universities across the country, including the CSU, won't receive the federal data within the typical timeline needed to deliver financial aid offer letters to prospective students.


    “We understand the frustration that students and families may be feeling. The CSU is committed to ensuring students receive a comprehensive financial aid package," said Grommo. “Financial aid offices across the CSU's 23 institutions are working diligently to be prepared so they can award students as soon as possible after the receipt of the student FAFSA information (ISIRs)."


    For information on each CSU's intent to register deadline, visit the university's admissions or registrar website.


    Students who have not applied for financial aid are encouraged to do so. The priority deadline for academic year 2024-25 is April 2. For information on eligibility or how to apply, visit the FAFSA website or the California Student Aid Commission website.

    Or, you can see Mr. Amavisca in the Career Center for a copy of the application.  

A quick note from Mr. Amavisca

  • Hey Huskies!

    Cal Kids Investment Program! 

    Claim your child's free College Savings Account! 

    Created by the State of California, CalKIDS provides up to $1,500 in free money for eligible school-aged children to help kickstart their savings for future college and career training expenses.* Your child may already have an account established in their name. Claiming your child’s college savings account is quick and easy! Visit and have the information listed below handy

    This is Legit, one of the HH Classified Staff members claimed their childs account and has already earned over $500.  

    Use this link for more information:  Click here for more information!



    Cal Poly Humboldt has extended their application deadline to January 31, 2024!  

    CSU Channel Islands has extended their application deadline to January 31, 2024!  

    San Francisco State University has extended it's deadline to March 30, 2024

    Check out their website for more information!  


    A new semester is upon us 

    Currently, I do not have schedules for the tutors.  Once I get their scheduled times, I will post them on the Tutor Page.  

    Seniors - Just a quick note on a change for Financial Aid.  The FAFSA/CA Dream Act applications are now available!  please launch your application using your (CC.edy) account so that we can track your progress. 

    We will be having Financial Aid workshops this spring.  Our first one is scheduled for March 20, 2024 Hosted by COS here in the HW Career Center.  The Deadline to submit your FAFSA/CADAA to be eligible for the CAL Grant award is April 2, 2024 (extended for 2024 due to the late launch).  

    Mr. Amavisca

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  • West Hills College has updated its Student Portal. 

    If you are thinking about attending WHC, you should take a look at the "Update Video" so you can easily navigate your WHC Portal!  

December 2023 Career Center Newsletter

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    Just click on the flyer and fill out the form. 

    OR...Scan the QR code to access the request form.  Ruben

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