Career Center News 5-19-21

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 !!!

Congratulations to all graduating seniors!!! 

We at Mountain View are very proud of all your accomplishments and contributions to Mountain View!!   We wish you success in all that you pursue in the next few years and into your future!!

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Seniors – Please Read - Ordering Final Transcripts

Seniors - please read the following information from our Mountain View Registrar regarding ordering your final transcript.

If you are planning on attending a college or university, you have to send your transcript through Parchment.  You will need to set up a Learner Account with Parchment using a non-school email as your school email will be deleted upon graduation.  Please set up your Parchment account today.  Go to and click on Order Transcript.  Once you have set up your account and designated the college or university, click on “Hold for Final Grades” and they will be automatically sent once Mountain View has uploaded your final transcript which does not happen until the second week of June.

IMPORTANT:  Once you turn 18 and have graduated, you are considered an adult and your parents no longer have access to any of your school records including transcript or immunizations.   If you are going on a mission, or out of the country, you need to set up a “Power of Attorney” allocating one or both of your parents access to these records in your absence.  They will need to bring that to the school in order to receive your records.

If you have taken dual enrollment courses while at Mountain View you will also need to send your transcripts from the community college/college where you earned your dual enrollment credit to the school you will be attending in the fall.


Other next steps for Seniors

  • Check in with your college admissions representatives if you have any questions on next steps. Many reps are offering appointments by phone, answering questions via email and utilizing other tools to meet with students.
  • Check your college email accounts and your college portals frequently for important information and to do items.
  • Sign up for orientation and work with college advisors to select your classes for fall.
  • Contact your admissions rep if you have technical challenges at home that may impact your ability to take any required placement exams.  


MCC Advisor Information - Summer Hours

MCC is committed to providing a one-stop enrollment experience for students at MPS high schools. A full-time, on-site college advisor from MCC is placed in each high school to provide outreach and one-on-one advisement to students and their families.  Mountain View’s MCC advisor, Mr. Alfred Chavez, is available by appointment.  
If students have questions during the summer, Mr. Chavez will be available. Starting May 24th, with the exception of holidays, Mr. Chavez will be available Monday - Thursday from 8am to 6pm.  Please contact Mr. Chavez with any of your MCC questions.


2-years free at MCC!

The Mesa College Promise is a commitment from the City of Mesa to its residents that all eligible graduating Mesa high school students can attend Mesa Community College for two years with Arizona resident tuition and fees fully funded. The Mesa College Promise provides financial support to students with demonstrated financial need who have not received enough Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) funds or other scholarships to completely cover the cost of college. Click here to learn more.


One on One FAFSA Support - Graduating Seniors

The Arizona FAFSA Coalition is offering one-on-one virtual appointments with a college access professional for students who have not yet completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Students and parents can book their appointment on the Ask Benji website. Appointments will generally be one hour. As students/parents register, they will be asked to provide some basic information such as name, email address and high school. Prior to their appointment, students/parents will receive an email detailing important information and documents to have on hand for the online meeting.


High School and College Planning  

  • Check out the MPS Prepare to Succeed  website with resources outlining steps to take to prepare for the future. Click high school checklists and your grade level and see checklists of things to take care of each year you are in high school.
  • Class of 2022 students, create a timeline of tasks to do each month of senior year. Make a list of colleges (university, community college, trade school, military) you plan on applying to.  Make plans to visit college campuses either in person or virtually and also visit college websites to learn about academic programs, activities, admission requirements and deadlines, cost and aid and more.  Visit and other sites that provide tools for finding the right college fit and exploring different career options.
  • Students who will be starting college in Fall 2022 - many college applications open this summerCheck out the following admissions sites to learn more about when their application opens, admissions requirements and about various deadlines
  •       Arizona State University:                ASU Admissions 
          Brigham Young University:             BYU Admissions
          Grand Canyon University:              GCU Admissions
          Northern Arizona University:          NAU Admissions 
          The University of Arizona:              UofA Admissions

  • Research Honors Colleges at universities and the steps to apply to those colleges. Learn about their requirements and deadlines. 
  • Explore the MPS Scholarship Page and other scholarship search sites to see what you could apply for over the summer and during your senior year. Scholarships don't change much from year to year. Research scholarships you are interested in. Be prepared with a resume and personal statement.  Create a system to organize your scholarship search and keep track of scholarship applications you have submitted and important deadlines and documents required.
  • Research the Scholarships and Financial Aid pages of colleges you are interested in to make sure you know the deadline dates for any scholarship applications specific to the school.
  • Think about teachers who might write good letters of recommendation for you. Make sure to give them at least two weeks notice before you need the letter.
  • Sign up for the ACT or SAT early and do some studying. Make sure to take advantage of sending your scores for FREE (up to 4 schools). Also have your report sent to Mountain View, the school code is 030224.  Check with the colleges that you are interested in and scholarships of interest to you on whether ACT or SAT scores are required or encouraged for admission and scholarship decisions. Here is an interesting blog post from Method Test Prep, a New York based education company that provides online programs for ACT preparation and SAT preparation on the difference between colleges being test-optional or test-blind. If you are on Free/Reduced lunches you are eligible for a Fee Waiver for in-state college applications. You can also receive a waiver for the SAT or ACT, meaning you don't have to pay!  
  • Planning to serve on a mission after high school?  Be sure to plan on applying for college and financial aid during the summer before your senior year and throughout senior year.  The FAFSA for the class of 2022 will open on October 1, 2021. Check with your college(s) of interest on their deferment policies and processes to hold both your spot at the college and your scholarships and grants until you return from your mission.


Service Academy Conference 2021

The offices of Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05), Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06), and Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), are pleased to host a Military Service Academy Conference on Saturday, June 12th from 10am –12pm. The conference will be held at Church for the Nations in Phoenix. 

Please RSVP for this event by visiting Service Academy Conference 2021

This is an excellent chance to listen to representatives of the Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, U.S. Military, and Naval Academies as they explain the unique academic, career, and military service opportunities offered by each school. Congressional staff will also be present to explain the required Congressional application and nomination process.

Service Academy Conference 2021 Flyer


ACT/SAT/PSAT Test Prep - Virtual Workshops - Sycamore Learning Company

Sycamore Learning company will be offering test prep workshops throughout the summer for students who are interested in preparing for the ACT, SAT or PSAT.  The following flyer provides information on workshop dates and costs and how to register.

Sycamore Learning Company Test Prep flyer



Virtual Opportunities

College Depot Virtual Workshops

College Depot at Phoenix Public Library is a free, full-service college access center located at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, Arizona. Their team of college planning and re-engagement advisors offer one-on-one appointments to assist with all action steps necessary to earn a GED, diploma, college degree or apprenticeship, and host workshops including admissions, financial aid, scholarships, and more. Beginning June 9th, College Depot will start offering limited in-person services on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They will continue offering virtual and phone appointments Monday through Saturday. Call 602.261.8847, email, or click here to schedule an appointment.

Upcoming College Depot Virtual Workshops -  including workshops on college essay, CommonApp, Scholarships and financial aid and ACT Test prep.


Terrific 10 College Exploration Series

Ten of the largest research-extensive public universities in the country are working together to bring the college search to students!

  • Arizona State University
  • Clemson University
  • Penn State
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Oregon

    Families and students are invited to the virtual College Exploration Series. Students will learn about what a public university has to offer close to home and across the country. As public universities, they recognize the importance of working together to ensure students find the best college fit.

    The universities have teamed up to host joint virtual information sessions for prospective students and their families and high school counselors to discuss:

    • Navigating the college search and admission process.
    • Paying for college with scholarships and financial aid.
    • Exploring academic interests and career opportunities.


    Grand Canyon University - Career Exploration Summit

    Join GCU for the Career Exploration Summit! This virtual event will serve as an opportunity for high school and community college students to prepare for their future.

    Day 1 will focus on professional development, including interview preparation and leadership development.

    Day 2 will focus on different career paths and feature lesson options from each of GCU's colleges on campus.

    They will wrap up with a sendoff including GCU admissions and scholarship information!

    Day 1: Friday, May 21 | 4-6pm (AZ time)
    Day 2: Saturday, May 22 | 9am-1pm (AZ time)

    For more information and to register visit: GCU Career Exploration Summit


    Six Colleges that Matter Student Events - May 24, May26 - Special events for first generation and low income students

    The college search is already challenging for students and families. So Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams are putting their rivalries aside, and hosting a series of virtual events for students, families, and counselors.

    Students: RSVP at the Six Colleges site for the events that interest you, and browse recordings of previous sessions. You can also fill out one easy form to get admission information about each school.


    Summer Opportunity

    Universal Technical Institute Ignite - Free Summer Program

    Returning in 2021, incoming high school seniors can enroll in this no-cost program to get a head start on their training at UTI while learning career skills that are in demand. Universal Technical Institute’s 3-week, no-cost program allows you to spend the summer test driving an education from UTI while learning in-demand, real-world skills that are used in today’s transportation industry. Upon successful completion of the program, you can receive credit toward your education if you choose to attend one of UTI's tech schools after your senior year of high school. For more information visit UTI website.


    Job Opportunity - Graduating Seniors 

    24-7 Intouch is a global customer care and technology company that provides value-driven, future-forward solutions. Their Mesa office, located at 1302 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa, Arizona, 85210, is looking for customer service representatives. Join their team and work with some of the most exciting companies in the world. 

    24-7 Intouch Job Flyer


    Spotlight on Scholarships

    Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Ham4Progress Award

    Ham4Progress Award for Educational Advancement

    The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to partner with Hamilton on the Ham4Progress Award for Educational Advancement. The award supports college-bound high school students from communities that directly experience the consequences of injustice and discrimination.

    This award will provide up to ten Black, Latino/a, Indigenous, and Asian or Pacific Islander students $2,500 for educational purposes in 2021. The $2,500 award must be used toward educational purposes, which may include:

    • Test preparation courses
    • Tutoring
    • College visits 
    • Technology, including laptops, tablets, or other electronic devices used for learning


    The award is open to college-bound students currently enrolled in grade 11 in the 50 United States and District of Columbia. Students will be subject to the following eligibility requirements:

    • Be Black, Latino/a, Indigenous, Asian, or Pacific Islander
    • Be a college-bound high school junior
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
    • Be enrolled in a school that is registered as a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia

    For more information and to apply visit: Gilder Lehrman Ham4progress-award    Deadline to apply June 30, 2021


    Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship

    Typical Deadline: October 1 (priority deadline); December 31 (regular deadline)

    Application GradeSenior (Class of 2022)

    Amount: Full tuition 

    Target Student: Five year active duty obligation 

    Have a Wonderful Summer   !!!


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