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Destination College Adviser

Welcome Audrey Poltorak, our new Destination College Adviser! 

Hello Will C. Wood High School Faculty and Staff,

My name is Audrey Poltorak and I am looking forward to working with you all this year as UC Berkeley’s Destination College Advising Corps (DCAC) and Solano County Educational Consortium (SCEC) College Adviser! I am excited to begin collaborating with everyone in helping to support our students discover and achieve their post-secondary goals.

I was born and raised in the Bay Area, specifically, Redwood City. In June, I graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S in Human Development and a minor in Education.  As an undergraduate, I dedicated my time to mentoring college freshmen, and serving refugees and undocumented individuals.

The mission of DCAC is to increase college access for low-income, first generation and underrepresented high school students by placing highly trained, recent college graduates in schools as full time College Adviser Fellows. My educational journey has driven my passion for helping students holistically transition and thrive in their post-secondary lives.

At Will C. Wood High School, I will be providing the following services:

Individual Services: 

  • College Success Plans (CSPs)
  • SAT/ACT information and registration assistance
  • College application information and assistance
  • Guidance with financial aid and scholarship applications

Whole School Services: 

  • Drop-in advising
  • Workshops on:
    • post-secondary options
    • financial aid
    • general college knowledge

Community/Parent Services:

  • Support and/or host parent workshops on
    • preparation required for college
    • college admissions
    • financial aid/scholarships processes

I am available for drop-in college advising services and presentations to any student at Will C. Wood High School; however, I will be providing substantive and engaging advising sessions and follow-up activities to a cohort of students in grades 9-12. If you have any students that you would like to refer please visit me in the Career Center, call me at (707) 277-1855, or contact me at audreypoltorak@berkeley.edu. I look forward to working with you and your students this year!   

Thank you for your time,

Audrey Poltorak

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I am located in the Career Center (L1)

By Phone: (707) 453-6900 x 1401

By Email: audreypoltorak@berkeley.edu

About Us

Destination College Advising Corps

 

In 2007 UC Berkeley DCAC was launched as one of the original (National) College Advising Corps chapters funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. DCAC began with two Advisers in two high schools in Solano county. Today, DCAC provides college access and preparation services to over 40,000 high school students in districts throughout California.


Solano County Educational Consortium

 

In December, 2007 the California Student Aid Commission funded an effort to re-establish Cal-SOAP consortium services in Solano County.  The Solano County Educational Consortium (SCEC) was established by a partnership with Solano County school districts, community-based organizations, and local colleges and universities to help Solano County youth pursue and prepare for college.

In the Fall of 2008, Cal-SOAP funding came through the federal College Access Challenge Grant Program and the East Bay Consortium (EBC) took over the fiscal sponsorship of the SCEC program and Cal-SOAP services in Solano County.

Through the support of these partnerships, SCEC professional and undergraduate student staff are able to provide services and bring our partner resources to Solano County students, families and schools.  SCEC reaches over 2,000 students annually at 12 different schools in Solano County.

SCEC staff will help Solano students realize their college dreams and increase academic engagement across students, families, and community members.

Academic Talent Development Program UC Berkeley

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Catalog information and application forms are available at the ATDP website.

 

UC Berkeley's Academic Talent Development Program (ATDP) invites highly motivated young scholars to apply to its 2016 Summer Session of challenging courses.

 

When selecting students for acceptance, ATDP considers indicators of academic talent, including a student's report card, standardized test scores, an essay, and a teacher recommendation. ATDP carefully carefully chooses its faculty members from a pool of university, public school, and private school instructors. In addition to their demonstrated excellence in the classroom, our instructors share a commitment to the education of gifted and talented youth.

 

Visit Ms. Jessica in the library if you have any questions or need more information!

Free Summer STEM Programs

 

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Interested in pursuing a career in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field? Here are some amazing opportunities for you to get engaged!

 

10+ FREE Summer STEM Programs for High School Students

 

Click here for the entire PDF document and more information