We are Ray and Kelli, counselors at City. Places you don't want to move to. 40K scholarship. Bad ways to save money. 401(k) mistakes. Thank you to Kelli. Low-paying jobs. Teach English to students in China. Boy helps provide hearing aids to other kids. Reduce tuition. 3 money questions. Taylor Swift. Scholarships. Job interview mistakes. $32K car-buying mistake. Shopping at Costco.

The veterans page: Free food distribution for military personnel and veterans. Honoring heroic dog. Honorably discharged veterans shop tax-free. Forever GI Bill. Father takes care of 4 children. Integrate Marine Training? Robotic legs. Costs of war. Saluting a fallen soldier. 300K Lotto winner. Vets and painkillers. Vet resources. Grandmother of veteran's family deported. Housing the homeless. Veteran finds healing through adopting a cat. Wounded Marines help others. Video: Soldier and dog greet each other after 6 months apart. Happy Veterans Day! Helping make a Marine's dream come true.

Empowering students to fulfill their dreams through education.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Food Distribution for Military Personnel and Veterans

Food Distribution

What: Free food distribution

Who: Open to all Active Duty, Veterans, Guard, Reservist and their families

When: September 23, 2017: 10am-1pm

Where: 9465 Farnham San Diego 92123
RSVP: To reserve food or volunteer send email to couragetocall@mhsinc.org

**RSVP’s must be received by Thursday, September 21st. **

Attendees that RSVP will have priority pick up time between 10am-12pm.

Walk-Ins between 12pm-1pm ONLY
In partnership with Courage to Call (courage2call.org) and Feeding San Diego.

Places You Don't Want to Live

If you want to move to another city in California, Merced probably wouldn't be the wisest choice. Unemployment is over 10% and over a third of the population lives below the poverty rate. Worst Cities to Live in Every State appeared on MSN Money.

Monday, September 18, 2017

40K Scholarship

This is a message from Marciano Perez, our Dean of Student Affairs at San Diego City College:

Please help spread the word to our students.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation seeks outstanding community college students with financial need for its Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 annually to high-achieving students and recent alumni from community colleges or two-year institutions who intend to pursue bachelor's degrees at accredited four-year institutions in Fall 2018. If you know any students who stand out for their exceptional academic abilities and achievements, persistence, leadership, and desire to help others, please encourage them to visit the Cooke Foundation’s website to learn more. The application deadline is October 24, 2017.



Additional Info:

Marciano Perez, Jr.
Dean of Student Affairs

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Thank You, Kelli!

My counseling colleague and blog partner, Kelli Turpin, is moving to North Carolina. Her last official day at City will be September 6, 2017. Kelli has worked in the counseling department at City for 17 years, and she has helped so many students. She is a dedicated counselor who has worked with active duty military at a local base and she has also guided veterans at City. She is someone I go to when I need to check the accuracy of information. In other words, she knows her stuff. But not only is she an outstanding counselor, she is a fantastic writer, editor, and blogger. If not for her willingness to give this blog idea a try, I probably wouldn't have launched it, so I give her credit for its existence. She has given of her own time to write articles for this blog, and she has an open invitation to post from out of state whenever she wants. That's how much I appreciate her writing and contributions to this blog. I hope we will continue to see her writing here.

We will miss her experience, dedication, and student advocacy. But most of all, we will miss her presence. It won't feel the same at City without her.

Raymond Wong

Monday, September 4, 2017

Low-Paying Jobs

The 33 Lowest Paying Jobs for College Grads appeared on MSN Money. This list doesn't bode well for counselors, social workers, teachers, and others who want to help people, but most of the students going into these fields aren't doing it for the money, right?

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Teach English to Students in China by Streaming

If you like the idea of teaching, consider a country that has a lot of students who want to learn English by live streaming. Why Chinese Education Companies Are Chasing US Teachers appeared on MSN Money.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Can You Answer These Money Questions?

70% of Americans can't answer these three money questions. Can you?

Question 1

Suppose you have $100 in a savings account and the interest rate is 2 percent per year. After five years, how much do you think you would have in the account if you left the money to grow?
A. More than $102
B. Exactly $102
C. Less than $102
D. I don't know

Question 2

Imagine that the interest rate on your savings account is 1 percent per year and inflation is 2 percent per year. After one year, how much would you be able to buy with the money in this account?
A. More than today
B. Exactly the same as today
C. Less than today
D. I don't know

Question 3

Do you think the following statement is true or false: Buying a single company stock usually provides a safer return than a stock mutual fund.

This article and answers to the above questions appeared on MSN Money.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Taylor Swift: Strength and Dignity by Raymond M. Wong

  • A person is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds in America.
  • 1 in 6 American women have been the victim of an attempted or completed rape.
  • 9 out of 10 rape victims are female.
  • From 2009-2013, 63,000 children a year were sexually abused.
Source: https://www.rainn.org/statistics/scope-problem (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network).

I spoke recently to my thirteen-year-old daughter, Kristie, about Taylor Swift’s court battle with former radio DJ, David Mueller, who allegedly groped Swift while posing for a picture at a promotional backstage meet-and-greet in 2013. I talked to Kristie because I want my daughter to know that sexual assault is serious and how someone reacts to it does matter. After the alleged incident, Swift conveyed what happened to the people closest to her, and Mueller was dismissed from his job by the radio station that employed him after they received a complaint from a member of Swift’s team.

Mueller filed a lawsuit in 2015 against Swift claiming he lost his job over an incident that didn’t happen and asked for three million dollars in damages. Swift did not settle out of court and counter-sued for a symbolic $1 to state her case in a courtroom.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

5 Mistakes Made by Job Seekers

"The adage that you can't get what you want till you know what you want is especially true when it comes to employment."