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The College and Career Center is a resource area designed 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: F243 (above the music room). 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 - Google Forms

Contact Information:

Mrs. Ponssen mponssen@fusdk12.net, 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.)

PROGRAMS and SERVICES
  • 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)
  • AP and SAT/ACT/PSAT Testing Information (and Fee Waivers)
  • Cal Grant GPA Submission for Senior Students (If New at WHS in 12th Grade)
  • Senior Awards Night in May
  • Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program (MVROP) Liaison
RESOURCES AVAILABLE
  • College Brochures and Reference Guides
  • Career Books and Interest Inventories/Assessments
  • Mission Valley ROP Information and Course Catalogs
  • Scholarship Information
  • 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 Admissions Counseling (WACAC). As a first generation college student, she earned a certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning and 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 of "If I can, I will." and "If not me, then who? If not now, then when?"