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California College Guidance Initiative

California College Guidance Initiative

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The California College Guidance Initiative manages, the state of California’s official college and career planning platform, which is free to all California educators, students, and families.

The Initiative is a nonprofit, funded in part by the state of California, that partners with school districts across the state to advance local college and career readiness goals. Learn more about the Initiative’s mission, goals, and approach.

CCGI partners with K-12 school districts to support students, counselors, parents, and community-based organizations with technological tools that help guide the college and career planning and preparation process.

The same technological platform houses, audits and transmits student data to help ensure more accurate and efficient decisions regarding admissions, financial aid and course placement.
California's official source for college and career planning,, is a one-stop informational resource for students considering their post-secondary options.

Students can create individual profiles on the site, where they can store information relevant to each step in their own personal college and career planning process (which colleges match their criteria, offer the major they are looking for, etc.), as well as portfolio documents like letters of recommendation, resumés, and commendations or awards.

Tools on this site allow students to:
  • Explore potential careers
  • Search for colleges
  • Create a college financing plan
  • Log community service, work and extracurricular experiences
  • Launch and track applications to both the California State University and California Community Colleges
Students save careers, majors and colleges of interest in their "My Plan" portfolio.

Tools on this site allow educators to:
  • Review individual students' activities and plans
  • Manage student accounts
  • Report on students' activities in the aggregate
  • Send messages, create events and assign tasks for individual or groups of students
CCGI’s Educator portal, CCGI Solutions, is a growing archive of resources for educators and college access professionals. Educators can use CCGI Solutions to find all the information they need to utilize with students and families.Resources available on CCGI Solutions include:
  • Lesson plans and student handouts
  • Educator guides and checklists
  • Video tutorials and instructions
  • Best practices and Frequently asked questions

This list is compiled annually through our web surveys, internet research, and phone interviews with California school districts.

School Districts in California that use CCGI*




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