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College and Career Planning

The job of the San Mateo Union High School District is to prepare teens for their next life chapter – whether that be attending college or entering the workforce in a career they enjoy.  Our College and Career planning team is here to help guide students to the path best for them.  We strongly encourage students and their families to take advantage of events like the annual College and Career Fair and to connect with your counselor for questions and guidance.

Please feel free to visit the Career Center websites and meet the contact people at our school sites:

Aragon High School

College & Financial Aid Advisor - Mary O'Reilly

Financial Aid & Scholarship Advisor - Caroline Moala

CTE & Career Coordinator - Queenie Hua

Burlingame High School

College & Financial Aid Advisor - Jon Dhyne

CTE & Career Coordinator - Carrie Hermann

Capuchino High School

College & Financial Aid Advisor - Michelle di Pilla

CTE & Career Coordinator - Kim Koivisto and Scott Rogge

Hillsdale High School

College & Financial Aid Advisor - Laura Burtness

CTE & Career Coordinator - Christiana Cassio

Mills High School

College & Financial Aid Advisor - Sandra Murtagh

CTE & Career Coordinator - Nina Woolsey


Peninsula High School

College & Financial Aid Advisor - Carlos Nolasco

CTE & Career Coordinator - Lorenzo Hockaday


San Mateo High School

College & Financial Aid Advisor - Evestella Hanson

CTE & Career Coordinator - Nancy Kane

Summer Support for Class of 2024

Support Line is Open June 10 - July 19

For support over the summer connecting with your intended college/program, the SMUHSD Summer College Support Line is available to assist.

A SMUHSD College, Career, and Financial Aid Advisor or School Counselor will be on hand to assist you with things like:

  • Rerouting Final Transcripts
  • Connecting with college counselors
  • Registering for classes
  • Submitting community college applications
  • Understanding Financial Aid/FAFSA/CADAA
  • Transferring your 504/IEP plan
  • College transition support
  • Applying for programs
  • And anything else that pops up as you get ready for college!

The support line is active from June 10 - July 19: 

Download the flyer.

Career Guide

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Explore Career Paths Right Here in San Mateo County!

View the SMUHSD Career Guide.

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Student Opportunities

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View the Slide Show of current job, internship, volunteer and workshop opportunities for students.