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Humboldt County Office of Education: Career & College Resources

Career & College Resources

Humboldt County Partner Programs that Support 9-12+ grade Career/College Exploration

Career & College Program Manager: Tanya Trump  | 707-441-4555 | ttrump@hcoe.org

HCOE Career & College Resource Programs

All About Civics Speaker Series

Contact: Jim Ritter  |  jritter@hcoe.org

The All About Civics Speaker Series supports teachers and helps students learn more about government and civics by bringing local, state, and national elected leaders into middle and high school classes.

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Career Speaker Volunteer Database

Contact: Jim Ritter  |  jritter@hcoe.org

This resource is a database of Humboldt County professionals available to visit classes either in person or online. Browse the database to find a speaker, and contact them to schedule a visit. Teachers can browse the database to find a speaker, then contact that speaker to schedule a visit

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Career Video Library

Contact: Jim Ritter  |  jritter@hcoe.org

Our Career Video Library includes nearly 20 videos of Humboldt County professionals sharing career and college insights and tips, as well as a number of videos highligting careers in the Building Trades, and a feature on the Health Careers Exploration Summer Institute.

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College Connect Program

Contact: Jim Ritter  |  jritter@hcoe.org

The College Connect Program coordinates field trips for high school students to observe HSU or CR classes in all different majors, and to bring HSU or CR faculty to visit high school classes as guests.

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Education at Work Internship Program

Contact: Karen Brooks  |  kbrooks@hcoe.org

This program recruits, prepares, and places 11th-12th grade students in work-based learning experiences.  Students receive job readiness training for paid and unpaid, short-term work-based learning experiences or internships throughout all industry sectors.

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Health Career Exploration Project (HCEP)

Contact: Megan Freitas  |  mfreitas@hcoe.org

The Health Career Exploration Project gives students interested in health careers the opportunity to explore various healthcare pathways. Its anchor program, the Health Careers Exporation Summer Institute (HESI) is a is a 2-3 week long experience for high school students interested in health careers.

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North Coast Cal-SOAP

Contact: Cindy Porter  |  cporter@hcoe.org

North Coast Cal-SOAP (Student Opportunity & Access Program) provides financial aid literacy and FAFSA/CADAA completion assistance to high schools, helps high school students plan their post high school pathways, and coordinates college and career events.

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Trades Academy

Contact: Jack Sheppard  |  jsheppard@hcoe.org

The Trades Academy helps high school students explore careers in the trades by coordinating field trips to trades businesses and bringing guest speakers into high school CTE classes

Transition Partnership Program (TPP)

Contact: Karen Brooks  |  kbrooks@hcoe.org

TPP is a partnership between HCOE, high school districts, and the Department of Rehabilitation to prepare students with disabilities (IEP or 504) for postsecondary transition to career or higher education.

WorkAbility I (WAI)

Contact: Tabatha Pittman  |  tpittman@hcoe.org

A California State Department of Education program coordinated by Humboldt County Office of Education to promote career readiness and work based learning for high school students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

Cal Poly Humboldt Programs

Admissions Department Presentations

Presentations at local high schools sharing the value and educational opportunities at Cal Poly Humboldt, including extra financial support for local students through the Humboldt First Scholarships.  Contact Leo Canez at leo.canez@humboldt.edu.

Center for Community Based Learning

Supports Cal Poly Humboldt Service Learning and Academic Internship courses that require student service in the community, including the ConnectED program, which provides Pen Pal and curricular presentations to K-12 classrooms. Contact Community Partner Coordinator, Stacy Becker at stacy.becker@humboldt.edu.

Natural History Museum

Provides resources and activities, school visits and teaching boxes. For more information, go to https://natmus.humboldt.edu/ and click on the “For Educators” link. Contact (707) 826-4479, natmus@humboldt.edu.

Cal Poly Humboldt PD Public Safety Speaker Program

Supports TK-12 teachers and helps students learn more about careers in law enforcement, fire, and EMS by bringing local public safety guests to in-person or online classes. Contact Officer Andy Martin at james.martiniii@humboldt.edu.

School of Education Programs

The Cal Poly Humboldt School of Education offers the following programs. Contact 707-826-5867, education@humboldt.edu.

  • Liberal Studies Elementary Education – The Liberal Studies Elementary Education integrated Teacher Preparation program allows you to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential in four years.
  • Elementary Education – In this one-year program, you can earn a preliminary credential to become an elementary or middle school teacher.
  • Secondary Education – The Secondary Education Credential program will prepare you to teach a single subject – such as math, science, or art – to middle school and high school students.
  • Special Education – The Special Education Credential Program prepares you to teach children with exceptional needs.
  • Educational Leadership – Teachers with four years of professional experience are eligible to enroll in the Educational Leadership Program to earn their administrative credential.
  • Master of Arts in Education – The Master of Arts in Education provides practicing educators to enhance their practice as an educator.

Cal Poly Humboldt Social Work Department

Places year long 400+ hour internships and 60 hour single semester student volunteers in school and community settings. Contact Yvonne Doble, Field Director yvonne.doble@humboldt.edu.

TRIO programs Talent Search and Upward Bound

TRiO Talent Search and Upward Bound partner with area schools and families to provide college access advising and academic tutoring for over 1500  program participants in grades 6-12 in Humboldt, Trinity, Mendocino, and Del Norte Counties.  The TRIO programs assist youth in building pathways out of poverty and in becoming the first in their family to earn a college degree by removing barriers to academic success. To find the program application, schools served, and contact info, visit their websites.

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Youth Educational Services (YES)

Home to 10-14 student-led community engagement programs that provide opportunities for Cal Poly Humboldt students to volunteer in local school and community sites. Contact YES Coordinator, Melea Smith at melea.smith@humboldt.edu.

College of the Redwoods Programs

College of the Redwoods is your community college, supporting our community and Humboldt County youth in many ways. For general information about how CR can support your TK-12 students on their career or college pathways, email WelcomeCenter@redwoods.edu

Visit the CR Welcome Center Directory of Services

Admissions & Registration

Visit the CR Admissions page for important dates, forms, applications, and more!  For questions about admissions and registration, contact Katrina Hanson at katrina-hanson@redwoods.edu.

Career Center

The Career Center assists students with access to career exploration and planning resources, including one-on-one resume and interview prep while also providing employers with qualified applicants via our Job Board. Students may also earn CSU-transferable units via internships or paid employment with Cooperative Work Experience Education. Contact Montel Vanderhorck at Montel-Vanderhorck@Redwoods.edu or call (707) 476-4305

Disability Services & Programs

Disability Services and Programs for Students at College of the Redwoods, is dedicated to promoting academic success for students with disabilities. Our goal is to provide services, programs, and accommodations that support our college’s commitment to access those students. There are many ways we can assist students with academic success. For questions, contact dsps@redwoods.edu or call 707-476-4280.

Dual Enrollment

College of the Redwoods’ Dual Enrollment program provides an opportunity for high school students to earn college credit for FREE! For questions and guidance about dual enrollment, contact Nicole Bryant-Lescher at Nicole-BryantLescher@Redwoods.edu

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services is here to make sure students disadvantaged by social, economic, educational or linguistic barriers get the resources they need to enroll and succeed at College of the Redwoods. How? By offering comprehensive academic and support counseling, financial aid and a bevy of other services aimed at keeping students from dropping out and helping them reach their educational and career goals. For questions,contact EOPS-staff@redwoods.edu or call 707-476-4270.

Financial Aid Information

Don’t let a lack of funds keep you from reaching your goals. Learn how to make CR’s already low costs even more affordable with financial aid. For questions about financial aid, contact finaid@redwoods.edu.

TRiO Talent Search/Upward Bound

TRiO Student Support Services is a multi-faceted support program—offering assistance and encouragement to low-income, first-generation students, and/or students with disabilities. For questions, contact Katy Keyser at Katy-Keyser@redwoods.edu.

Resources for Funding College

Humboldt Area Foundation Scholarship Finder

Through the Scholarship Finder, students can access:

  • Humboldt Area Foundation & Wild Rivers Community Foundation’s annual Universal Application, which houses over 160 unique scholarship opportunities through one application process!
  • Additional scholarships offered by HAF/WRCF outside of the Universal Application
  • Information about scholarship opportunities offered by clubs, businesses, and other organizations in our community

CR College Access Program

College of the Redwoods implemented the College Access Program to help California residents pursue their community college degree tuition-free. This program waives enrollment fees for eligible first-time students enrolled in 12 or more units and it’s now available for a second year! That’s a two-year degree – for free!

HCOE Financial Aid Hub

The Financial Aid Hub is where North Coast students, parents, and educators can find financial aid resources.

Humboldt First Scholarship

This program offers $1000 per year at Cal Poly Humboldt to first-time freshmen, graduated from a high school in Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino or Trinity Counties. Up to four years total.

Federal Student Aid – FAFSA/CADAA

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Filling out the FAFSA or CADAA (California Dream Act Application) is the first step toward unlocking financial aid resources for college.

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