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College Planning

California Career Center Resource Network provides information to help you plan your middle and high school years so that you have a path to the future you want to achieve. Start with the important information about completing high school and work your way through to setting post-high school goals.

Career Matrix

Career Matrix Know your interest- see which colleges offer classes in your area of interest.

College Planning

College Planning Checklist for 9th-12th grade

Family Transition Network Newsletter  Spring 2017  Where do I start, successful transition planning by year.

A-G Course Requirements by California Public Universities 

Assessing College Readiness  Assessment for parent.  Is your student ready for College?

College Planning for Students with Intellectual Disabilities-  Guide and Activities for Parents and Students

Think College  Online newsletter for parents and students. Information on options for students with intellectual disabilities attending college.

Open the Doors to College  - 

Open the Doors to College provides information about California’s higher education options for students with intellectual disabilities and autism.

This site provides a directory of programs in California, student stories, resources on services and supports, and tools for program development to assist students, families, and professionals

Colleges that Go Above and Beyond ADA

Local Community College Options for Students with Disabilities

College Planning Website Resources

Guide to Family Educational Privacy Rights for Colleges

PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment 

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides relevant information and resources to parents, youth, and professionals through a variety of services:

  • A new, cutting-edge website that inspires, educates, and engages families around transition.
  • Technical assistance and training to professionals on best practices for engaging families, including those who are underserved.
  • In-person and online workshops for parents on youth on topics such as assistive technology, postsecondary supports, and finding work in the community.

Priority Enrollment at Community Colleges


Changes to priority registration throughout the California Community Colleges system will help you get the courses you need to meet your educational goals. Priority registration will be given to students who work with a counselor or advisor to develop an education plan, succeed in their classes and stay on track. Colleges will be providing services to help.

New changes will take effect for the fall 2014 academic year. Some colleges may adopt the policy sooner, so check with your counseling office for more information.

OCC Requirements for Priority Registration

Contact Us


Terri Wert
Transition Services at Harper
425 E. 18th Street C-8
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Phone 949-515-5343

Transition Services Contacts by School


Differences Between High School and College

Financial Assistance For College

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

California Cash for College Workshops (Cal Grants)   California Student Aid Commission.  Every January and February students and families can attend free Cash for College workshops to help complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Cal Grant GPA Verification form required for Cal Grants. 

College Affordability guide  Research based information on affordable, not-for-profit colleges with a track record of student success.