Humboldt County Office of Education: Career & College Resources

Career & College Resources

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

HCOE Career & College Resources Department

The Career and College Resources Department provides service to all Humboldt County school districts and charter schools in support of students’ successful transition to career and college.  Our services include Career Technical Education (CTE) pathway support, higher education and financial aid support, career exploration and guidance, summer career exploration institutes for high school youth, and work-based learning and career readiness programming.

Department Manager

Tanya Trump
Tanya Trump
Director, Career & College Resources

Department Secretary

Hannah Eisloeffel
Hannah Eisloeffel
Department Secretary

Career & College Resources Directory

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Career Video Library

Contact: Tanya Trump  |

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 Career Connect Program

Contact: Rebecca Asbury  |

The College Career 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: Megan Freitas  |

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  |

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  |

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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Technology Exploration Summer Institute (TESI)

Contact: Ann Marie Rocha  |

The Technology Exploration Summer Institute (TESI) provides high school students the opportunity to explore career fields in Information Communication Technology (ICT) during the summer.

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Trades Academy

Contact: Jack Sheppard  |

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

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Trades Academy Summer Institute (TASI)

Contact: Ann Marie Rocha  |

The Technology Exploration Summer Institute (TESI)  provides local high school students the opportunity to explore careers and acquire skills in product manufacturing, welding, and construction techniques.

Transition Partnership Program

Contact: Brenda Bishop  |

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  |

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).

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.