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The College and Career Center is a resource area to distribute college and career materials at Washington High School (CEEB Code 050972). The goal is to provide students with up-to-date and accurate information as they explore their future education and career goals. The Center is located on the second floor of the "F" building in F243. It is open every school day from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Students can drop in during lunch and Husky period, before and after school, or arrange a visit during class time with the College and Career specialist using this Google form: WHS College & Career Appointment Form

Contact Information:

Mrs. Ponssen,, 510-505-7300 x67243, Rm. F243

(When parents/guardians leave a voicemail, please say and spell out the first and last names of your student. Thank you.)

  • Career Planning and College Admission Guidance
  • College Application Assistance (Community College, CSU, UC, Common App, and Coalition App) and Fee Waivers
  • Visits from 4-Year College, University, and Community College Admissions, Technical School and Military Representatives
  • College Fair and Students/Parents Information Night
  • Financial Aid Information (FAFSA, CADAA and Cal Grants)
  • Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program (MVROP) Liaison
  • Senior Awards Night Coordinator
  • PSAT/NMSQT/SAT and AP Testing Information and Fee Waivers
  • Cal Grant GPA Submission for Senior Students (only if new at WHS in 12th grade)
  • Work Permit Issuance (see procedures here)
  • College Brochures and Reference Guides
  • Career Books and Interest Inventories/Assessments
  • Mission Valley ROP Information and Course Catalogs
  • Scholarship Information and Applications
  • Summer Program, Internship and Work Opportunities
  • Vocational and Trade Apprenticeship Information
  • Military Information and Recruit Contacts
  • NCAA Information for College Athletics
  • Computer Access

There are many college/career books and reference materials that may be checked out from the WHS Library.

Specialist Profile

Mrs. Ponssen joined Washington High School as the College and Career Specialist (not a school counselor) in October 2021. She is a member of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC). As a first generation college student, she earned a certificate in College Admission and Career Planning and a BA degree in Economics and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley, a certificate of Accounting from University of Washington, and held licenses in insurance and securities, Series 6 & 63. She has over a decade of experience working with a variety of students as a classroom volunteer in the Spanish and Mandarin Immersion programs, PTA officer, AVID tutor, and substitute teacher. Mrs. Ponssen enjoys international cuisines and travels with family and friends, documentaries and movies, and most of all, being a helpful leader in the community. She believes in the mottos "If I can, I will." and "If not me, then who? If not now, then when?"