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Why Pre-College Summer Programs Matter For High Schoolers

Explore your interest and discover your passion while building your college resume with a pre-college summer program. Summer Program applications are now open. Don't miss out on the opportunity to spend your summer on a college campus pursuing your interests. Use your summer to kick start your college dreams and get ahead when it comes to college applications. Join our College Planning Experts as they share tips and strategies on picking the right program for you!

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SAT? ACT?

SAT? ACT? Neither?

What’s Best For Me?

Test-Optional? Test Blind? Testing Required?

So, many students are scratching their heads wondering if they should take the SAT or ACT even if some of their schools are test optional. Join our Standardized Test Prep Experts as they break down these terms and share why it's important to still take an SAT or ACT.

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2022 OC Consortium

Featuring guest speakers:

Brett L. Patterson, Ph.D.

Psychologist

Daniel Franklin, Ph.D.

BCET, Author of Helping Your Child with Language-Based Learning Differences

Michael Uram

Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, LPCC

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Orange County Special Needs Private Schools Consortium Virtual Parent Fair

Orange County Special Needs Private Schools Consortium Virtual Parent Fair

Join us to learn more about the local elementary, middle, and high schools in the Orange County Area. Schools will share their mission statements, class sizes, education approach, and how they can help your student!

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College Planning & Admissions 2021-2022 School Year: The Impact of the COVID Pandemic

College Planning & Admissions 2021-2022 School Year: The Impact of the COVID Pandemic

Join our CEO and Founder, Jan Kerchner, as she discusses the critical ongoing changes due to COVID-19 and how it impacts your student this year. Learn more about the emerging careers and majors as well as hard soft skills employers seek from college graduates. Let’s not forget about your admission questions! She will be sharing admission trends results from COVID, the causes of the college admission frenzy, and the important factors college admission officers use to decide who to admit.

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College Planning for Students with Learning Differences, ADHD, and ASD

College Planning for Students with Learning Differences, ADHD, and ASD

Learn the differences between high school vs. college support for students with learning differences. What kind of academic and physical support is available on college campuses? Our college planning experts with a background in assisting students specifically with learning differences share the different levels of support also known as tiers!

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Let's Talk About Financial Aid

So, let's talk about Financial Aid! Don't think you should apply? Not true!

Join us to learn why everyone should submit the FAFSA and/or CSS Profile. We will cover Financial Aid deadlines, documents needed to complete the FAFSA, and explore the 3 types of aid-loans, scholarships/grant.

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5 Ways To Stand Out From Other College Applicants

Critical college admission information for sophomores, juniors, and seniors!

Tests? No tests? Activities? Leadership? Recommendations? GPA? AP or IB?

What are college admission officers even looking for in an undergraduate applicant? With only 15 minutes spent evaluating your application, how can you make yourself stand out? There’s a lot more to it than you know! 

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College Essay Writing: 3 Common Mistakes

College Essay Writing: 3 Common Mistakes

The college essay writing process can be daunting… and a student may have 1, 2, 3, or 4+ essays to write for just one school! With so many colleges and universities going ‘test optional’, college essays are even more crucial in the college admission process.

Our college admission experts explain the 3 common mistakes students make when writing their college application essays.

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Volunteer Experience and Extracurricular Involvement for High School Students during COVID-19

Finding Volunteer experiences and/or extracurricular involvements during COVID-19 can be difficult, but we can help! Join our college planning and admission experts as they share volunteer experiences and extracurricular involvement that will make your application standout. It’s not too late to build your resume and gain awesome experience!

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Job Search Strategies to Land Your Dream Job

Join guest speaker, Rod McDermott, CEO of McDermott + Bull, an Executive Search Firm as he shares many of his job search secrets! So many people struggle with landing their dream job or don’t even know how to get a job, but he is here to help! This is ideal for graduating college students or adults looking to make a career change during COVID-19.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on College Planning and Admissions, 2020-2021

Every year Jan Kerchner, CEO and Founder of The College Blueprint, presents the latest college planning and admission information critical to students and parents. This is our most requested annual presentation. With all the challenges and changes due of COVID-19, this year’s presentation is vitally important for 8th through 11th grade students and parents. The information provided will help you to navigate the myriad of fast-pace changes occurring in higher education.

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Finding Scholarships

Finding Scholarships

Don’t know where to begin with finding scholarships? Many scholarships and free tuition go unclaimed. Our college planning experts share more about how to find scholarships for college!

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Transferring to the college of your dreams

Transferring to the college of your dreams

There is no such thing as a perfect college path and even more so due to COVID-19. Our college planning experts share the benefits of attending a community college. Gain more insight on how to transfer from a community college to the college of your dreams!

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Lions, Tigers, and Scholarships! Oh My!

Lions, Tigers, and Scholarships! Oh My!

Learn more about scholarship opportunities for juniors and seniors! How to find scholarships in general and how to apply.


There are so many scholarship opportunities out there for students. There are e...More

Learn more about scholarship opportunities for juniors and seniors! How to find scholarships in general and how to apply.


There are so many scholarship opportunities out there for students. There are even community college scholarships available! Yes! They exist!


Reduced out-of-state tuition for participating western state universities are available through the Western rn Undergraduate Exchange. Get the insider’s scope on which universities are a part of this program!

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Critical Application Information for Seniors

Confused about which application to submit for each college? Common Application? UC Application? CSU Application? What about EA, ED, ED II? Join our college admission experts as they share more about the different applicants and when it’s best to submit. They will help you navigate through the college application process with the added changes to do COVID-19.

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Traditional College? Maybe not.

Alternatives to a Traditional College Education

There is no such thing as a perfect college path! Join our college planning experts as they provide the pros and cons for attending a Liberal Arts College vs. Professional College education. They will share several examples of non-traditional colleges and you may be surprised to hear what they have to say!

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Researching Colleges - Virtually Part 1 

Creating your college list can be difficult! How do you filter through all those colleges and universities to find the right one? Join our college planning experts as they walk through how to research schools, what to consider when you are looking at their websites, and ultimately how to create your college list! 

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Researching Colleges - Virtually Part 2

Join college admission and planning experts as they share how to research colleges without visiting campuses. Explore what a college selection factor is and how to narrow down what it is important to you in your college experience. Finalize your college list by visiting colleges online (for now)! 

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Researching Colleges - Virtually Part 3

Join our college planning experts as they navigate several college/university websites and how to access virtual campus tours. What are the pros and cons with your college selection factors and how to narrow down what you are really looking for in your college experience. 

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Essay Writing for College Applications

Until 2020 the top 4 factors in most college admissions decisions were a student’s GPA and the rigor of their classes/courses, test scores, essays, and teacher/counselor recommendations. With so many colleges going test optional and in some cases going test blind other factors ha...More

Until 2020 the top 4 factors in most college admissions decisions were a student’s GPA and the rigor of their classes/courses, test scores, essays, and teacher/counselor recommendations. With so many colleges going test optional and in some cases going test blind other factors have become more important. So, if test scores are not a major factor then college admissions officers are going to be looking more closely at the other factors, including the essays. Join our college essay writing experts as they share the purpose of the essay, types of essay prompts, and more!

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Strategies for Reducing Stress and

Anxiety at home during the Pandemic

Join clinical developmental psychologist, Dr. David Monkarsh, PhD as he shares the effects of unexpected change, how to be open with your grief due to COVID-19, and strategies for reducing stress and anxiety while at home. It’s so important to maintain your routine and schedule on both a b...More

Join clinical developmental psychologist, Dr. David Monkarsh, PhD as he shares the effects of unexpected change, how to be open with your grief due to COVID-19, and strategies for reducing stress and anxiety while at home. It’s so important to maintain your routine and schedule on both a biological and psychological perspective that promotes self-regulation and really has an impact in a positive way for people's moods. Creating continuity and consistency in every family member's life is key!

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Summer Enrichment and Volunteer Experiences 

There is no such thing as a perfect college path! Join our college planning experts as they provide the pros and cons for attending a Liberal Arts College vs. Professional College education. They will share several examples of non-traditional colleges and you may be surprised to hear what they have to say! 

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Juniors & Seniors: Critical Information You Need Now 

Until 2020 the top 4 factors in most college admissions decisions were a student’s GPA and the rigor of their classes/courses, test scores, essays, and teacher/counselor recommendations. With so many colleges going test optional and in some cases going test blind other factors have become ...More

Until 2020 the top 4 factors in most college admissions decisions were a student’s GPA and the rigor of their classes/courses, test scores, essays, and teacher/counselor recommendations. With so many colleges going test optional and in some cases going test blind other factors have become more important. So, if test scores are not a major factor then college admissions officers are going to be looking more closely at the other factors, including the essays. Join our college essay writing experts as they share the purpose of the essay, types of essay prompts, and more! 

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Juniors & Seniors: Critical Information You Need Now!

Juniors & Seniors: Critical Information You Need Now! 

Join our college planning & admission experts as they guide juniors and seniors through all the higher education changes due to COVID-19. Are you a senior with looming college admission deadlines or a junior navigating through the changing standardized testing requirements? Get the critica...More

Join our college planning & admission experts as they guide juniors and seniors through all the higher education changes due to COVID-19. Are you a senior with looming college admission deadlines or a junior navigating through the changing standardized testing requirements? Get the critical information you need now! 

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Summer Enrichment and Volunteer Experiences

Summer Enrichment and Volunteer Experiences 

Is it possible to do summer enrichments and volunteer experiences from home? Join our college planning experts as they give suggestions and ideas on what you can do over the summer from the comforts of your home. 

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Paying for College: Strategies for Tackling College Tuition

Paying for College: Strategies for Tackling College Tuition 

College is an investment. Wondering how you are going to pay for your student’s college tuition? Join our guest speaker, a Financial Advisor, as he explores the options on how to pay for college and the strategies for tackling college tuition.

Fact or Fiction: Debunking College Admission Myths

Fact or Fiction: Debunking College Admission Myths 

There are many college admission myths circling the internet and we want to set the record straight. Join our college planning and admission experts as they debunk common admission myths. You will receive facts and even expert advice about college admission 

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Build Your High School Resume   Make the most of your summer

Build Your High School Resume

Make the most of your summer 

Get summer experiences and build that resume for your college applications. The best time to gain experience for potential majors is in the summer! The many ways that students can enhance their academic resume which will be included on their college application. The overall object is to show schools leadership, proactivity, passion, and talents. 

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The Best Way to Manage Your College Applications

The Best Way to Manage Your College Applications 

On average, students apply to 10 colleges! So, juggling the different application platforms and each college requirement can be overwhelming. Join our college admission experts to learn tips and tools for managing this important yet complex process. 

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Ultimate Fighting Championship:   SAT vs. ACT

Ultimate Fighting Championship:

SAT vs. ACT 

The most frequently asked question is “which standard test should I take? The SAT or ACT?”. Join our testing experts to learn the ultimate breakdown between the SAT and ACT and which one may be best suited for you.

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What Should Rising Sophomores and Juniors Be Doing Now To Prepare For College?

What Should Rising Sophomores and Juniors Be Doing Now To Prepare For College? 

The summer is a great time to rest from the school year, but the key to this is to rest and not quit! Join us to learn 5 things sophomore and junior students should be doing now until the next school year starts! 

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Paying For College: Finding the Financial Fit

Paying For College: Finding the Financial Fit

Finding the right college is all about academic fit and social fit, but what about finding the right financial fit? Finding the right financial fit is so important in the college planning and research process. You don't want to end up with several acceptances to colleges that you can't aff...More

Finding the right college is all about academic fit and social fit, but what about finding the right financial fit? Finding the right financial fit is so important in the college planning and research process. You don't want to end up with several acceptances to colleges that you can't afford.

Join our guest speakers:

Molly Ingram from the University of Arizona

Amy Hemphill, Dean of Athletics and English Teacher at JSerra High School

Aaron Tucker, Financial Advisor

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Mindfulness: How To Keep Stress and Anxiety at Bay

Mindfulness: How To Keep Stress and Anxiety at Bay

Practicing mindfulness is such a critical life skill that every high schooler should know. You can use mindfulness tips, tricks, and how-tos in your everyday life even as an adult. As the semester comes to an end with projects, papers, and final exams it's important to keep your stress and...More

Practicing mindfulness is such a critical life skill that every high schooler should know. You can use mindfulness tips, tricks, and how-tos in your everyday life even as an adult. As the semester comes to an end with projects, papers, and final exams it's important to keep your stress and anxiety at bay to preserve a healthy life. Join our School Psychologist and mental health expert explore ways to be mindful and keep stress and anxiety to a minimum.

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Explore Unique Majors and Fast-Growing Career Paths

Explore Unique Majors and Fast-Growing Career Paths

Unsure of a major or career path? Our College Planning and Career Experts will share fast-growing career paths that will be in high-demand in the next 6 to 10 years. Learn more about unique majors that you may have not heard of but may spark your interest.

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Tips for a Smooth Transition to College for Students with LD 

From living under your roof to living miles away in a college dorm, transitioning to college is a huge step for teens and young adults. Not only is transitioning to college quite an adjustment for students, but even more so for students with learning differenc...More

From living under your roof to living miles away in a college dorm, transitioning to college is a huge step for teens and young adults. Not only is transitioning to college quite an adjustment for students, but even more so for students with learning differences.Join Educational Therapist, Karen Lerner, as she shares tips for a smooth transition to college. Parents- give tips to your college bound student so they are successful away at college! Teens/ Young Adults- be proactive and write these tips down so you start college off on the right foot! 

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How To ID Your Best Fit Colleges 

Attention soon-to-be seniors, its time to start building your college list! You should have some reach schools, middle range schools, and a few safety schools on your college list. But there's one dilemma: where do you even start? Well we recommend starting with identifying your ideal coll...More

Attention soon-to-be seniors, its time to start building your college list! You should have some reach schools, middle range schools, and a few safety schools on your college list. But there's one dilemma: where do you even start? Well we recommend starting with identifying your ideal college fit. Join our Director of College Counseling, Leslie Bettino, as she shares how to identify your best fit colleges, which websites to use, and what to look for when researching! 

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High School Webinar Presentations 

Contact us if your school is interested in scheduling a webinar presentation!


Featured Presentations

The Impact of Covid-19 on College Planning and Admissions, 2020-2021

Air Date: November 5, 2020

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College Planning for Students With Learning Differences, ADHD, and ASD

Air Date: January 27, 2021

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College Planning for Students with Learning Differences, ADHD, and ASD

Air Date: February 17, 2021

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