College & Career Center

Welcome to the NHS College & Career Center!

Mrs. Smith is available by virtual appointment (949)936-7376 or “visit” her during her office hours:  Tuesday-Friday 7:55-8:25am: 

Click here for a list of the resources available in the College and Career Center.

Weekly Newsletter

Each week Mrs. Smith sends out a College and Career Center Newsletter. Click here to download the latest newsletter.

Youth of the Month Program

For information regarding the Youth of the Month Program please see the quick link for financial aid.

Work permit Information


What is a work permit?
A work permit is a legal document required by the state that allows a person between the ages of 14 and 18 to hold a job. The purpose of a work permit is to protect the student from illegal working conditions and keep the student in school.


How do I get a work permit?
You must have a job or a job offer to get a work permit and a 2.0 GPA or above. The contact person at Northwood  during the school year is Mrs. Smith in the College and Career Center. Mrs. Smith’s email is:  Please email Mrs. Smith with the name, address, and phone number of your employer and she will email you back a form to be signed by a parent, employer and you.  You will scan the form and email it back to Mrs. Smith who will then have an Assistant Principal sign the form and will email you the completed Work Permit.


Do I need a work permit for babysitting, yard work or paper routes? No

How often do I need to get a work permit?
Each time you are hired for a new job, a new work permit is necessary. All work permits expire shortly after school starts in August, even if you have the same job.


How many hours can I work?


16- and 17-Year-Old Students  may work four hours on school days and eight hours on non-school days or days preceding a non-school day.

14- and 15-Year-Old Students  When school is in session, 14- and 15- year-olds may work 3 hours per day, not to exceed 18 hours per week. You may also work 8 hours per day when school is not in session, not to exceed 40 hours per week.


College & Career Center Calendar- College Visits

All college visits will take place virtually Tuesday - Friday afternoons 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, in 45 minutes time slots. Click here to view dates and times:


Please register on Naviance (look for "What's New") to access the Zoom link prior to  the visit:

For NHS/IVA students register here for the Zoom link:



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Virtual College  Fairs & Events

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            "NACAC " COLLEGE FAIR

(National Association for College Admission Counseling) 10/12, 10/18, 11/8 

NACAC Fair Register

  Seneca High School - College Fairs at JJC & IVCC                       J SERRA COLLEGE FAIR, Oct 15, 5-8 PM 
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RACC Virtual College Series

Regional Admissions Counselors of California (RACC) is composed of college admission professionals who represent colleges and universities outside the state of California. RACC Virtual College Series:

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University of California | The only world-class public research university  for, by and of California.

The University of California would like to invite you to participate in an interactive virtual experience featuring all nine undergraduate UC campuses.  These unique events are designed to inform you about the educational experiences that await you at the world's premier public research university.  These events will provide information on admission, campus highlights, and programs and services to help students build a support network at UC. Campus representatives will be available to answer questions.

UC for You - California First year Students (Saturday, Oct. 3) 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT Agenda Campus Highlights from all nine undergraduate campuses Student Panel Get to know the nine UC undergraduate campuses during individual video overviews in the main zoom webinar room. Discover the UC campuses that might be a great fit for you. In addition, take the time to chat with admissions representatives from each of the nine UC campuses in individualized meeting rooms. This is your chance to ask questions about admissions selection, majors, pre-professional programs and more. Register now for October 3


Join the Davidson College Admission Staff and other admission professionals this fall for a workshops series to help prepare you for the college search and application process. Sessions will cover topics ranging from essay writing to interview preparation to making the most of virtual college visits. All workshops are free but space is limited in some sessions. View the full schedule and register here. Questions? Email:


Tri-University Tour

Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona are coming together to ensure you and your family are well informed about the opportunities and resources available to you. As your public universities, we are working together to ensure you find your best college fit. We are excited to invite you to Tri-University Week. We have teamed up to host joint virtual information sessions for prospective students and families to discuss the following:

How to navigate the college admission process.

Scholarships and financial aid.

Information about each university.

The honors experience at each university.

California State University (Fullerton) – Fact Sheet


CSUF Fall Virtual Services and Fall 2020 Calendar of Events.

We know planning for your next step in your educational journey is important. As you explore various options, we invite you to participate in our monthly webinars to learn more about CSUF and how to Be A Titan! We are excited to introduce a new virtual experience for students interested in learning more about Cal State Fullerton.


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Colorado Mesa University, Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado State University Pueblo, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and the University of Colorado Boulder are collaborating to offer ‘Celebrate Colorado,’ a presentation for students about the higher education options at five public universities in the state.  Register with one of the links below. 


The Claremont Colleges

The Claremont Colleges -- Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps Colleges -- are united by a unique spirit of collaboration and connectivity that influences every part of academics, athletics, and student life. The “5Cs” are literally located across the street from one another, so students can attend a small, tightly-focused college even as they enjoy the benefits of a bigger, multi-faceted campus.

Throughout the fall we are hosting virtual programs for prospective students and families to learn more about our shared and singular approaches to liberal arts education. During our programs you'll discover what makes our consortium special, hear more about our distinctive missions, and learn about the selective college admission process. After the presentations, you'll have a chance to ask questions to the presenters.

Tuesday, September 29 at 12 p.m. Pacific Time
5C Current Student Panel

Registration will close 24 hours before the event start time. Event details and webinar access are provided after registration.



In the spirit of cooperation, six of the nation's top liberal arts colleges —Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams—are joining forces to offer  a series of student events with themes on academics and research, affordability, campus life, preparing your application, outcomes and more (counselors can register, too).

Financial Aid and Affording College - Monday, Sept 21 at 7 p.m. EDT

Campus Life and Building a Community - Thursday, Oct 1 at 7 p.m. EDT

Applying in the Time of COVID - Tuesday, Oct 13 at 7 p.m. EDT

Outcomes and Opportunity - Tuesday, Oct 27 at 7 p.m. EDT


Private Colleges of California (PCoC), is an association of 20 private, non-profit colleges and universities in California with the mission of educating students and families about the accessibility, benefits, support, and opportunities offered by California’s private 4-year institutions.

We are pleased to announce the launch of a series of afternoon and early evening virtual college workshops this Fall that will be open to all students and counselors interested in learning more about the college application process, in general, and the opportunities for having a high-quality California private college experience, in particular. Our first events begin next week on September 23rd.

Connect to our Events Calendar page:

(all event times listed are Pacific Time. Some Zoom links and event descriptions still being updated)