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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 anytime during Husky/flex period, lunch, and before/after school. Students and parents can call or email Mrs. Ponssen with questions or set up an appointment to talk.

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 Waiver Information
  • Visits by Representatives from 4-Year Colleges/Universities, Community Colleges, Technical Schools, and the Military
  • Fall College Fair and Information Night
  • Financial Aid Information (FAFSA, CADAA and Cal Grants)
  • Scholarship Applications and Information
  • 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)

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.