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El Camino – College Night

Hello Srs,

El Camino College presents “College Night”.  Click here to be directed to their website.


College Night
January 20, 2021

Join us for virtual College Night!

College Night at El Camino College is an open house event showcasing everything ECC has to offer! Come learn about programs and resources at our resource fair, attend workshops, enjoy donuts with the deans, chat with counselors, and take a twilight campus tour.

All prospective students, parents, adult learners, educators, and community members are invited to attend.


All activities take place online via zoom. You must register for each session that you wish to attend.

Please note that sessions starting at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM are concurrent. A recording of each of the sessions will be posted on this page after the event is over.



Registration Link

5:30 – 6:00 PM Welcome Session Sign up for this session

Workshop Session 1
6:00 – 6:50 PM Career Education Sign up for this session
  Dual Enrollment Sign up for this session
ECC Information Sessions & Campus Tour Sign up for this session

Workshop Session 2
7:00 – 7:50 PM Transfer Strategies Sign up for this session
Financial Aid 101 Sign up for this session
Special Resource Center Sign up for this session

Workshop Descriptions

Career Education

Get from Where You Are to Where You Want To Be
Career Education at El Camino College prepares students for employment (Entry Pathway) or for future education (Skilled and Professional Pathways) in a career major or concentration.

Dual Enrollment

Save Time, Money, Explore, and Get Ahead!
This workshop will teach current high school students and parents how they can successfully enroll in courses at El Camino College while still enrolled in high school for free.

Financial Aid 101

What Students and Families Need to Know
This workshop will address why it is important to apply for financial aid and how students can remain in good standing.

Transfer Strategies

This workshop will address the many transfer opportunities that students have when they enroll at El Camino College. It’s never too early to start thinking about the future.


Spring 2021 El Camino College Dual Enrollment College Courses

Hey Designers!

Spring 2021 El Camino College Dual Enrollment College Courses

Who: Juniors and Seniors from DVC, DVD, and DVS

What: College courses at Da Vinci Schools through El Camino College. Courses meet transfer requirements for all Cal State and U.C. campuses, as well as most private colleges and universities.

Why: Get a start on your college credits! It looks great on your college applications.

Cost: FREE! The state of California and Da Vinci Schools pick up the costs, including textbook fees. Donations to help cover the cost of the textbooks from families that are able to are appreciated.

Where: Classes will be held virtually and are asynchronous on Canvas, the El Camino College student portal due to COVID-19.

To be eligible to take a dual enrollment class the student needs to pass all their academic classes, have no credit recovery for a-g classes, and be a Senior or Junior student.

If you are interested in applying, make sure you apply to El Camino College Spring 2021 term and email the completed dual enrollment form (located below) with your confirmation application number and/or ECC ID number to your school counselor by Friday, January 15, 2021 by 12:00pm. After you submit your completed form, your counselor will discuss next steps on how to register for the class; classes start on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Click here to view the classes we are offering for the Spring 2021 term. Please note, to ensure the equity of student enrollment, the maximum number of dual enrollment classes through Da Vinci Schools is 2 classes.

Applying to El Camino College

All students must complete (or have recently completed) an El Camino College application for admission.

Never applied?

Submit an application for admission for Spring 2021 to El Camino College by clicking here

Need Help?

Follow along screen-by-screen by clicking the following link:

Help to Complete the Application for Admission

After submitting, you will receive your Welcome email (with El Camino College ID #) within 1-3 business days at the personal email address given on your application.  If you do not receive your Welcome email after 3 business days, please email El Camino’s Dual Enrollment office at

Previously applied?

Your application is in good standing if you applied for either Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, or Winter 2021 – or if you dual enrolled in a Fall 2020 or Spring 2020 course.
Not Sure if you Need to Apply Again?  Click here

Your El Camino College ID # is the same as previous terms and is 7-digits (no letters)
If you do not know your El Camino College ID #, please email El Camino College’s Dual Enrollment Office at

Dual Enrollment Application

All students must submit a completed Dual Enrollment Application for Spring 2021 to be registered in their class(es). Students, parents, and authorized high school signers can use Fill & Sign Tools in Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out the form and draw their signatures.

Download the Dual Enrollment Application PDF

Click Help to Complete the Dual Enrollment Application using Fill & Sign tools in Acrobat Reader or by printing and scanning


NOTE: El Camino College Admissions Office will not accept typed signatures. All signatures need to be drawn using the above methods, either by pen, mouse, or touchscreen. This is the most common reason why a form cannot be processed.



MyECC is El Camino College’s secure online portal where you view your registered classes, grades, unofficial transcripts, etc. Your MyECC username and password are included in your Welcome email. You will be prompted to create a new password when you log into your MyECC portal for the first time.


NOTE: El Camino College recently updated MyECC password requirements. Passwords must include at least 10 characters, 1 capital letter, and 1 number (and number cannot be at the end or beginning of password).


Log into MyECC – this link can also be found at the top of every webpage
If you are unable to log into your MyECC portal, please email El Camino’s Dual Enrollment office at


Registered students will have access to their class(es) in Canvas, our online course management system, when instructors publish them around the start of the term. You will need to use your MyECC login information to access Canvas.

Learn more about Canvas and find Canvas Login Page by clicking on El Camino College Canvas Resource Webpage

Dropping a Class

Registered students who wish to drop the class must perform this action themselves in MyECC by the drop deadlines. (If you are not sure what this means, please reach out to your DVD counselor for explanation).  How to Drop a Class webpage

El Camino College Academic Calendar with Last Day to Drop without Notation on college transcript and Last Day to Drop with a “W” that will appear on your college transcript.

Assistance is Available!

Dual Enrollment offers Drop-In Assistance via Zoom every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. to assist students one-on-one with questions they may have about their application for admission or Dual Enrollment form.

Please join El Camino by using the link below for additional online help – no sign up necessary:

Link to Dual Enrollment Online Help & Events webpage or you can also email dual enrollment at


If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact your school counselor via email.

Thank you,

DVD Counseling Team

California Black College Expo 2021

Calling all Srs!

Black College Expo California

Virtually you can GET:
– Accepted to colleges on The Spot
– College Application Fees Waived
– Scholarships on the Spot
– Informative Seminars and Workshops


For more information:

Black College Expo


Due to COVID-19 pandemic, Black College Expo will be hosted LIVE virtually until we can continue back to physical events. The Virtual California Black College Expo a 2-Day event is an ONLINE Experience for students to get access to colleges, highlighting HBCUs, historically black colleges and universities, and other educational programs.

Students can get ACCEPTED on the SPOT! College Application FEES Waived, and get SCHOLARSHIPS on the spot! It was developed due the impact COVID-19 pandemic that has affected students and families, especially when it comes to college access. This event will help high school seniors looking for a college home and college transfer students looking to transfer to a four year college.

This event also serves as a bridge to help college recruiters connect with students looking to go to college. It is also an opportunity for future high school seniors to get connected to a college and get their application fees waived.

Black College Expo is helping students with access to higher education for over 20 years. This event truly helps students connect to college, careers & beyond! The event is produced by National College Resources Foundation (NCRF), a 501c3 nonprofit organization. NCRF has helped over 500,000 students get into college, and helped students connect with over 1 billion dollars in scholarships and grants.


UCLA Saturday Business Institute

Calling all DVD 9th and 10th grade students and parents!

The UCLA Saturday Business Institute (SBI) program provides students with college and business exposure. Many of our students have participated in SBI in the past and this is a great way to learn more about the college application process before Senior year as well as continued development of essential skills in leadership. The UCLA Saturday Business Institute will meet 4 Saturdays during the Spring semester. This year the program will be offered virtually only in webinar style.

The UCLA Saturday Business Institute will be hosting an informative presentation for students and parents on Tuesday, January 12th at 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada).

To register for this meeting click here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

To sign up to for UCLA Saturday Business Institute, please click this link.

If you have questions, please contact your counselors.


Riordan Business Inst flyer Spring 2021

UCLA Riordan Saturday Business Institute

Calling all DVD 9th and 10th grade students!

The UCLA Saturday Business Institute program provides students with college and business exposure.  Many of our Designers have participated in the past and this is a great way to learn more about the college application process before Senior year as well as developing essential skills in leadership.  The UCLA Saturday Business Institute will meet 4 Saturdays during the Spring semester.  This year the program will be offered virtually only in webinar style.


Riordan Business Inst flyer Spring 2021

To sign up, please click this link

If you have questions, please contact your counselors.

Thank you.

DVD Wellness Screener Opt-Out Form

In an effort to be more proactive in supporting students’ mental health, a wellness screener will be given to all students at Da Vinci Design HS. Results from the screener will be used by the counselors to create interventions such as coping skills strategies, counselor check ins, and referrals for therapy.

Scores will not be shared with students or parents. Parents will be notified and parent consent is required if a student receives counseling services delivered by Antioch or Pepperdine therapists. If you would like your child to OPT-OUT and not do the screener, please fill out this form by Friday, November 6, 2020.

Be well,
DVD Counselors

FAFSA workshop recap

Thank you to all Da Vincians who joined us on Wednesday 10/7 for our Financial Aid Workshop for Senior Families. In this workshop, we provided a step-by-step explanation of the federal student financial aid process. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was explained along with grants, federal loans and scholarships. The session was recorded and can be found here.

We will host two more Financial Aid Workshops for Senior Families on the following dates:

• Thursday, November 5, 4:30-6pm
• Wednesday, February 10, 4:30-6pm

These workshops cover the same content, so you only need to attend one. We welcome you back if you need clarification or a refresher on the material.

Important Reminders and Resources on Financial Aid:

• The FAFSA opened on October 1st and is due March 2nd for CSUs, UCs, and California Community Colleges. The FAFSA deadlines for private and out-of-state universities vary. Please check their respective websites for financial aid deadlines We encourage you to apply early!

• To complete and sign a FAFSA electronically, both the student and the parent need an FSA ID. Here is information on creating an FSA ID.

• If you are applying to a private college, you many need to complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile. The CSS Profile is used to assess the student for institutional aid, which may include merit-based aid. Here is a list of colleges that requires the CSS Profile.

• If you are an undocumented student, you may be eligible for the state aid and institutional aid. Please complete the DREAM Act Application to apply for these funds. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.

• If you are or were a foster youth, you may qualify for the CHAFEE Grant. Please connect with your counselor if you need support with this process.

As always, please reach out to your respective counselor if you have any questions.

Have a great Friday and a restful weekend!

The DV Counseling Team

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