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Summer of Success

Your Toolkit for College and Beyond

Join our summer series of videos, webinars and Q&As to learn everything you need to know to succeed before, during, and after your college journey.


Explore the Different College Systems & Requirements

Rising juniors and seniors: Do you have questions about applying to college? In our College Success Roadmap Toolkit, watch a series of videos that answer frequently asked questions, such as:

  • What are the A-G requirements?
  • Do I need to take the SAT/ACT?
  • What are the differences between UCs, CSUs, and community colleges?
  • Do personal statements matter?
  • How do I build a college list?

Then listen in or ask our 10,000 Degrees staff your questions about the college application process during a live Zoom Q&A on Wednesday, July 8th, from 11 am -12 pm! (Webinar ID: 862 7906 3953; Password: 10000).

Roadmap to Senior Year – Part 1: Introduction

  • Spring 2020
  • What to expect next school year
    • A-G classes
    • SAT/ACT exams
    • Applications for Universities/Colleges
    • Building my college list
    • Personal statements

Roadmap to Senior Year: Part 2 – A-G Requirements

  • What are A-G Requirements?
  • Why are they so important?
  • How many of each do you need?

Roadmap to Senior Year: Part 3 – College Exploration

  • Myths about getting into college
  • What are the standardized tests – ACT and SAT?
  • College: It’s about exploring!

Roadmap to Senior Year: Part 4 – CSUs, UCs & Community College

The College Pathway: Learn about the different university systems and options:

  • CSUs: California State Universities (23 campuses)
  • UCs: Universities of California (10 campuses)
  • Community Colleges (2 local colleges)

Roadmap to Senior Year: Part 5 – College List

Building your college list:

  • Safety, reach, and target schools
  • Who to contact if you have questions

The College Application Process

Get answers to all of your questions about the college application process! Our 10,000 Degrees Program Managers, Gladys Cortez Fajardo & Gracie Francisco, answer questions such as:

  •  Should I still take the SAT/ACT?
  • How does “credit/no credit” affect the college application process?
  • Did the GPA minimum increase for applying to CSUs?
  • What is housing going to look like?
  • Any tips for getting “letters of recommendation”?
  • Is it a good idea to take a gap year?
  • What should I write about in my college essays?

The video hosts include:

  • Gladys Cortez Fajardo, Program Manager of Petaluma & West Marin, Alumna of College of Marin and UC Berkeley
  • Gracie Francisco, Program Manager of Central & North Marin, Alumna UC Santa Cruz

Both hosts started as students of 10,000 Degrees programs, and are now college graduates and program managers at 10,000 Degrees supporting other students along their college journey.

For more information, contact:

Alex Stern

Alex Stern
Program Director, North Bay
Phone: 415.451.4015
Email: astern (at) 10000degrees.org

Chris Gonzales

Christopher Gonzales
Program Director, New Markets
Phone: 951.807.1241
Email: cgonzales (at) 10000degrees.org

Scott BonDurant

Scott BonDurant
Program Director, College Success & Fellowship
Phone: 415.451.4011
Email: sbondurant (at) 10000degrees.org