MASSD College & Career Readiness

MASSD College & Career Overview


Goal 3: Expand collaboration to increase graduation of Mexican American/Latinx students who are prepared for college and the workforce. 

  • Objective 1: Enhance monitoring and supports to increase the graduation rate. 

  • Objective 2:  Advance promotion of college & career readiness programs districtwide for students and families.  

  • Objective 3:  Increase the number of scholarship consultations for high school seniors and their families. 

  • Objective 4: Increase supports to ensure Mexican American/Latinx student success in Advanced Learning Experiences (ALE). 

  • Objective 5: Increase enrollment in ALE programs at targeted sites through site and district partnerships. 

Hello everyone,

I would like to begin by giving a brief introduction of myself and my vision for college & career readiness. My name is Tais (pronounced thigh-eese) Jimenez and I work as a program specialist here in the Mexican American Student Services Department, speacializing in college and career readiness. I went through TUSD schools for the entirety of my K-12 education and I graduated from Pueblo High School in 2017. I was a first-generation college student so navigating the college going experience was difficult but I had several educators to guide and support me which inspired me to return and do the same for other students. 

Due to my background and personal experiences I am able to create programming and support students in their post-secondary plans. It is my goal to support students in acheiveing their goals whether they are to go to college or directly into the workforce. I undertand that this can be a stressful and overwhelimg time for students as they begin to transition into adulthood and I am happy to support them through it however I can! 

Ms. Tais
University of Arizona - Scholarship Universe
Students who have already applied and been accepted to the University of Arizona will have access to Scholarship Universe, which can be used to find and apply to scholarships. 

Pima Community College - Scholarship Universe
Students with a MyPima account will be able to access Scholarship Universe and access and apply to scholarships. 

Arizona State University Scholarship Portal
Students who have applied and been accepted to ASU will have access to find and apply to scholarships through their online portal. - Arizona Scholarships - Latino Scholarships

Arizona Community Foundation Scholarships - Arizona Scholarships

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
High School Recruitment & Transition Coaches
You can reach out to your high school's Transition Coach to get support in applying to Pima and completing the New Student Checkilist!
Briana Felix 
 Santa Rita HS • Tucson HS University HS Rincon HS Catalina HS
Tyler Vertrees
Palo Verde Magnet HS • Project MORE 
Cathleen Murphy 
Cholla HS • Sabino HS • Sahuaro HS
Christie Monreal 
Pueblo HS

PCC Resources
Contact PCC Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid
Apply to Pima!

PCC Degrees & Certificates
PCC- Paying for College

Upcoming Events
Stay up to date with MASSD College & Career Events!
Scholarship Calendar
Deadlines are fast approaching! 
College & Career Readiness Resources
Department Resources
District Resources
Community Resources

College Academy for Parents is a FREE college preparation program defined by the belief that informed parents can be the best advocates for their child's success in entering college. The earlier a student and their family begin to prepare and understand the college preparation process, the more likely they will be to successfully enter a four-year university. 
Each Semester TUSD Mexican American Student Services Department partners with the University of Arizona's office of Early Academic Outreach to provide a throrough college preparatory academy for students and parents. 

Registration will open in July!

-College and Career readiness for K-12 Mexican American/Latino families

-Learn how Tucson Unified School District can help you and your children succeed at
school, and prepare for college.

-College admissions information for current high school seniors.

-Childcare and translation services available.

TUSD Equity, Diversity, & Inclusiveness

To serve our students and families to the highest potential, ensuring the learning, development, and academic success for every student.

We will achieve our mission by pursuing diversity through desegregation, integration, and equity of opportunity districtwide, and by eliminating the manifestations of racism, discrimination, and prejudice.

Family & Community Engagement
We coordinate opportunities, services, and resources to help students be successful in school. Our programs address the wide-ranging needs of needs of our diverse population.
K-12 School Counseling
Providing ALL students the necessary skills to be successful academically, socially, emotionally and in their future careers.

We are committed to improving the academic achievement for all student in our district by providing equal access to our wide-range of Advanced Learning Experiences

We ensure equitable access and success for all students in advanced learning opportunities. Children have the opportunity to become lifelong learners who will thrive in a diverse global community.

To join our experiences, begin by talking to your child's school counselor.

We fully develop every student’s career and academic potential to ensure a dynamic workforce.

Students in our programs prepare for workforce success and continuous learning, and can earn industry recognized certifications!

Programs by Site

CTE Programs Booklet 23-24 (PDF)
"ScholarshipsA-Z is a Tucson-based immigrant youth-led organization that works to make higher education accessible to all students regardless of immigration status."
Pima Access and Disability Resources
Individuals with disabilities will find that Pima strives to make all college events and activities accessible to them. The ADR office serves students and the community.
University of Arizona Disability Resource Center 
DRC ensures disability access for our campus. We work to create a universally designed campus and reduce the need for individual accommodations through proactive collaboration with University partners.
University of Arizona Disability Cultural Center
One of very few in the nation, UA's disability cultural center (DCC) is a space for students, faculty and staff to explore and celebrate disability identity, culture and community. DCC offers a variety of events and programming that promote an authentic and intersectional perspective on disability.
"Established in 2013, Earn to Learn is the largest and most successful matched-savings scholarship program in the country. It combines student savings with scholarships, financial training, and college success coaching to help low-to moderate-income and under-represented students obtain a college education and graduate workforce-ready with little to no student loan debt"
"Education Forward Arizona advocates for and acts on education improvements that advance the quality of life for all Arizonans."
HSF empowers students and parents with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing support services and scholarships to as many exceptional students, HSF Scholars and Alumni as possible.
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Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships, Grants, & Loans Explained
Typically Scholarships and Grants are free money given to students based on financial need or academic merit (good grades, challenging classes, volunteer hours, etc.), while loans are money that will need to be paid back over time. 
Types of Aid: Loans Grants and Work-Study Programs

Subsidized vs. Unsubsidized Loans
Navigating FAFSA

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This form is available through the Federal Governement and is used to determine Pell Grant Eligibility. 
¿Qué es FAFSA?

Cómo llenar el formulario FAFSA
Applying to Scholarships

Career Prep