College, Career & ROP Services
COLLEGE VISIT SCHEDULE
- Contact Beckman's Career Center Specialist
- Getting Started
- Career Exploration Resources
- Coastline ROP (Regional Occupational Program)
- College Visit Schedule
- Community College Resources
- CTE, Trade School & Certificate Program Resources
- Financial Aid & Scholarship Resources
- Job Search
- Military Resources
- Work & Volunteer Resources
- Scholarship Engines
COASTLINE ROP (Regional Occupational Program) CLASSES
- Coastline ROP Website: www.coastlinerop.net
NOW ACCEPTING FALL 2022 REGISTRATION INTEREST!
Find out how you can earn elective credit while getting “hands-on” experience in a career pathway. Discover what it is like to work in animal healthcare, medical field, culinary arts, paramedic (EMT) pathway, fire science technology, administration of justice, construction, and many other choices! Classes and internship classes are available. Many ROP courses also meet A-G UC/CSU Requirements.
ROP classes and internships are FREE and count towards high school graduation and transcript credit. They are offered after the school day and meet from 1 day a week to 4 days a week depending on the class. Students may take courses at any of the participating ROP Coastline school district locations including Tustin Unified, Irvine Unified, Saddleback Valley Unified, Newport-Mesa Unified, and Huntington Beach Union.
Please note: Beckman students may not take more than 7 courses, including ROP, on their schedule. See your counselor for more information.
Students may register with ROP Career Specialist Ms. McDonald at the Career Center in the Counseling Department or use the Coastline ROP Registration website no earlier than the grade level registration dates below for FALL 2022:
- Incoming 12th graders (Grad Year 2023): Monday, May 2 at 3:00pm
- Incoming 11th graders (Grad Year 2024): Wednesday, May 4 at 3:00pm
- Incoming 10 & 9 graders (Grad Year 2025 & 2026): Friday, May 6 at 3:00pm
Visit the Coastline ROP website for more information.
To be prepared for the job market, students should take classes that extend their basic skills and explore real life experiences. ROP Internship classes provide actual work experience in your field of interest! Internships are for high school students 16 years of age and older with transportation to their internship site. Certain prerequisites may be required. The following classes are internship related:
- Animal Health Care Internship (year long): seniors only
- Automotive Technology Internship
- Careers with Children Internship
- CNA: Certified Nursing Assistant Pre-Certification Internship
- Culinary Arts Internship
- Dental Assistant Back Office Internship: Seniors only
- Medical Nursing Careers Internship
- Pharmacy Technician Internship
- Retail Sales and Merchandising Internship
- Sports Medicine Internship (must have taken Sports Medicine ROP first)
Visit the Beckman Career Center for more information!
FAFSA (Federal Application For Student Aid):
- Link: FAFSA® Application | Federal Student Aid
- October 1-March 2 of Senior Year
CA Dream Act Application CADAA:
- Link: CA Dream Act Application
- October 1-March 2 of Senior Year
Cash for College Webinar Workshops:
FAFSA or CADAA? Resources:
CA Student Aid Commission:
- Who's my Parent when I fill out my FAFSA?
- 2018-19 CSS Profile Student Guide
- How to Create an FSA ID
- Qualified Education Benefits & UGMA and UTMA Accounts
- Scholarship Writing Tips
- Irvine Valley College 2018 Financial Aid Presentation
Qualified Education Benefits
Qualified tuition programs (QTPs, also known as section 529 plans because they are covered in section 529 of the IRS tax code) and Coverdell education savings accounts are grouped together in the law as qualified education benefits and have the same treatment: they are an asset of the owner (not the beneficiary because the owner can change the beneficiary at any time) except when the owner is a dependent student,in which case they are an asset of the parent. When the owner is some other person (including a non-custodial parent), distributions from these plans to the student count as untaxed income, as “money received.”
States, their agencies, and some colleges sponsor plans known in the IRS tax code as qualified tuition programs. The IRS mentions two types of QTPs that are commonly called prepaid tuition plans and college savings plans. States may offer both plan types, but colleges may only sponsor prepaid tuition plans.
Prepaid tuition plans allow a person to buy tuition credits or certificates, which count as units of attendance. The number of units doesn’t change even though tuition will likely increase before the beneficiary gets to use the tuition credits. They are an asset of the plan owner, and their worth is the refund value of the credits or certificates.
College savings plans allow a benefactor to deposit money into an account that will be used for the beneficiary’s college expenses. The buyer does not pre-purchase tuition credits as with a prepaid tuition plan. Rather, this type of plan is essentially a savings account and its value as an asset is the current balance of the account.
Coverdell education savings accounts, or ESAs, are another tax-advantaged savings vehicle for college education. They are treated the same as college savings plans: the current balance is an asset of the account owner.
As long as distributions from QTPs and ESAs do not exceed the qualified education expenses for which they are intended, they are tax-free, so they will not appear in the next year’s AGI. They should not be treated as untaxed income (except in the cases mentioned above) or as estimated financial assistance. For more information on these benefits, see the IRS’s Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education.
UGMA and UTMA Accounts
The Uniform Gifts and Uniform Transfers to Minors Acts (UGMA and UTMA) allow the establishment of an account for gifts of cash and financial assets for a minor without the expense of creating a trust. Because the minor is the owner of the account, it counts as his asset on the FAFSA, not the asset of the custodian, who is often the parent.
Tips for Writing Winning Scholarship Essays
- Start by going through all the scholarships you’re planning to apply for and determining if an essay is required. If you’re not sure, contact the institution awarding the scholarship.
- Make a list of deadlines for the applications, giving yourself a minimum of three to four weeks to work on the essay component.
- Read the essay requirements carefully.
- Approach the essay like you would any major writing assignment, developing a complete outline that includes the key points you want to make and addresses all requirements.
- Compose your essay by detailing each of the key points you’ve included in your outline.
- It’s always difficult to write about yourself. One suggestion is to tell your story out loud to yourself or to someone else who might even jot down notes for you as you speak.
- Write in complete sentences using clear language, watching punctuation and grammar. Never use abbreviations or other shortcuts used in texting or social media.
- Include your academic accomplishments as well as your contributions to your school life and community (including student council, leadership and volunteer activities). Make this more about the services you provided and the personal rewards rather than a bragging session.
- Recite your essay to someone who has also reviewed the criteria so they can help you spot any mistakes or anything you’ve missed.
- Have someone you know that has a good eye proofread the essay before your submit it. This is one case where your grammar and spelling need to be perfect.
- Do a final check to make sure your essay addresses each requirement.
- Ensure the essay and accompanying materials (application, envelopes, etc.) are all correctly addressed and postmarked.
- Save the essay and adjust it as needed so you can re-use it for other applications. Be sure that relevant, key points are added for each application and remove others that aren’t applicable.