• Welcome & Events

    The College/Career Center is located near the Multi-purpose Room in the Administration Building and is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  College and post-secondary career option representatives will be visiting throughout the year to provide information to students and families.
    Some of the programs available at the College/Career Center are:
    • College & Career Exploration
    • College Representative Visits to Vista's campus
    • College Application Assistance
    • Enrichment Opportunities
    • Financial Aid & Scholarship Information
    • Military Recruiter Visits to Vista's campus 
    • Naviance Training and Support
    • Volunteer/Internship/Employment Opportunities
    Feel free to contact Mrs. Calderwood with your suggestions, resources, ideas and wishes for resources and programs at the College/Career Center. We look forward to serving the students and families at Vista del Lago! 

    Programs and Presentations 

    Upcoming College Fairs - 
    • Southeastern Conference 2018 Spring College Fair - Tuesday, April 17, 7-9 p.m.  Rancho Cordova Marriott, 11211 Point East Dr.
    • UC Night @ Folsom High - Thursday, April 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  See flyer
    • WACAC College Fair - Sunday, April 29, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sacramento State University register
    • FCUSD College Fair - October 17, 6-8 p.m. @ Folsom High School.  Several of the breakout sessions offered at the 2017 College Fair were recorded and are posted on the College Fair website, including the FAFSA presentation, Why Consider Out of State, Applying to Military Academies, and California Private Universities.  Additional PowerPoint presentations are also posted there.
    College Representative Visits - 
    • Colleges visiting this fall will be listed in Naviance under the Colleges tab>College Visits.  Check back often for updates on colleges who have scheduled campus visits.  College Reps visit during FlexTime, during lunch times, and occasionally after school.
    FlexTime Programs - Students must sign up in FlexiSched for these programs:
    • College Application Workshops - Vista's Counselors will be available during FlexTime on Tuesdays October 17-November 28 to answer your college application questions.
    • The New CSU Application (Cal Apply) - Tuesday, October10.
    • UC Application Presentation - Thursday, October 19 
    • ROTC Scholarship Presentation - November.  Learn about opportunities to get your college education paid for, after which you would enter the military as a commissioned officer.
    • College Mini Fair - Friday, November 17, FlexTime and both lunches.  Out of State colleges will be on hand to describe their programs and offer information.
    • Advanced Education Presentation - Thursday, November 30 and Tuesday, April 24.  Find out how to take classes at Folsom Lake College for free while you are in high school.  Learn about the requirements and considerations to think about before signing up for Advanced Ed classes at FLC. Advanced Education is available to students after sophomore year or who will be 16 by the first day of the FLC term.
    • Scholarship Application Workshops -  Presentations about finding scholarships in Naviance and beyond, making the best of your application packet, tracking applications and deadlines, and more. Term 2 Workshop dates:  1/19, 1/26, 2/9, 2/27, 3/9.
    • Preceptorship Information Sessions - 1/18, 1/25, 2/1.  For Juniors Only.
    • Intel Summer Internship Information Session - Feb. 16
    • CSUS Admitted Students "Next Steps" - April 17, 2018
    • University of Nevada, Reno Admitted Students  - Friday, April 20 during Flextime.  Meet with UNR's Justin Bouldt.  Enjoy a little light lunch and have your questions answered about UNR's next steps.


    Financial Aid Information Night - Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.  The CSUS Financial Aid Department will be on hand to explain the financial aid process for 4 year universities.  All grades welcome.
    Scholarship List - Find local and regional scholarships posted on Naviance under the Colleges tab (Scholarships & Money Section > Scholarship List).  In addition, a binder with printouts of the scholarship opportunities is located in the Career Center. 
    College Night for Freshmen/Sophomores - Tuesday, January 23, 6 p.m. in the Library Kathleen Williams from University of the Pacific has experience at a number of colleges and will share what college admissions officers are looking for in freshmen admits.  Learn what you can do now to best prepare yourself to shine in the admissions process.  This evening is for students and their families. 
    Case Studies Night/Out of State Mini College Fair - February 7, 6-8 p.m. Meet in the Multipurpose Room. Case Studies provides an opportunity for students and their families to understand how college applications are evaluated by participating in panels in which, under the guidance of an acutal college admissions officer, students and families evaluate mock applications and select for admittance, wait list, or denial. Following the Case Studies Night, a mini Out of State College Fair will be offered. Registration required.  Complete this attendance slip and return to the Career Center to sign up.  Materials that need to be read before the event will be e-mailed to you after signup. College Admission representatives from the following schools are scheduled to lead groups:
    • Arizona State University
    • Drexel University
    • Embry-Riddle 
    • Marist College
    • Texas Christian University
    • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
    • University of Massachussets, Lowell
    • University of New Mexico
    • University of Northern British Columbia
    • Information & Registration Assistance for Mid-Year Grads - October 3 & 6 during Flextime.
    • Advanced Education Workshop - November 30 and April during Flex time.  Learn about taking college classes while you are still in high school. Students must be 16, have a minimum GPA, and are only able to take classes that are not offered at Vista.  Come to learn more 
    • Parent/Student Information Night - January 30, 2018, 6 p.m. in the Vista del Lago Multipurpose Room.  Receive information from FLC's Outreach Specialists about degree programs, certificates and transferring to a 4-year university from FLC.  The application process, including information about assessments, orientation, education plans and registrations will be included.  There will also be some information about financial aid resources.
    • FLC Application Workshops - For students planning on attending FLC during summer or fall of 2018 - During FlexTime February 15 & 16
    • FLC Registration & e-Services Workshops - March-April 2017 during FlexTime.
    Folsom Lake College Programs on FLC Campus - Specifically for Vista Students
    • Orientation - Wednesday, February 28, 2-4 p.m. at FLC in room FL1-107.  Invaluable info about campus, programs, resources, services, processes, etc.
    • Assessment Testing - Wednesday, March 7, 2 p.m. at FLC in room FL1-107.  This assessment is required to place students in appropriate English and math courses, and is needed to receive priority registration.
    Jobs/Career Exploration Events & Resources - Are posted in the Career Center and on the webpage for students who would like to explore career sectors through workplace learning experiences and community events.
    Flextime Presentations - Offered throughout the year on career options, job opportunities, appreticeship programs, CTE (Career & Technical Education) programs in the community, etc.
    ASVAB  Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery - November 1 and April 11 from 1:45-4:45 p.m. This 3-hour test is offered in the Vista Career Center twice a year and includes an interpretation session. Interpretation sessions scheduled two weeks after the test.  Results are useful in helping to determine a student's strengths and best career matches.  Test results are utilized by the military to help determine likely career options in the military, but are useful to the student whether or not they plan a military career. Test is free and confidential. Signup in the Career Center. 
    LaunchPath - This online platform provides links to area businesses and agencies who are offering job shadows, career interviews, and internships. Students may request access in the Career Center.
    • Military Options Information Night - Thursday, March 22, 6 p.m. in the Library.  This evening will consist of a brief presentation by each of the branches of military service, information about ROTC Scholarship programs, plus the video, "The 5 Pointed Star" about the 5 U.S. Service Academies.  The evening ends with an opportunity to talk one-on-one with recruiters and other representatives.
    • Recruiters on Campus - 1st & 3rd Thursdays during Lunchtime.  Students are also welcome to pick up printed information in the Career Center and get their name of our local recruiter contacts.
    • Senior Military Sendoff - Friday, May 19 during Flextime.  Seniors who are joining the military will be recognized.  
    Naviance Assistance - Naviance Family Connection offers students a variety of career exploration tools. Stop into the Career Center during open hours for information about career assessments and other tools available to help select possible future careers.  Information is also available in the Naviance Resource Guide posted on the Vista Naviance webpage.
    Vista Summer Preceptorship Program - For Vista Juniors...see website for more information. 
  • Julie Calderwood
    College/Career Center Clerk
    (916) 294-2410 ex. 410138
    Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    College Reps:  If you would like to visit Vista del Lago this fall, please check RepVisits to sign up or e-mail Jcalderwood@fcusd.org if no times on RepVisits work for you. (Note:  there is another Vista del Lago in Moreno Valley, CA)
    See the Vista del Lago Naviance Resource Guide here!
    Signup for REMIND!  Receive text updates by texting the following to 81010:  for scholarship updates text "@vdlscholar", for college rep visit updates text "@vdlrepvis", for program and event updates, text "@vdlccc".