“TIR helped the SBUSD ensure students have access to all their options for career choices and college financial aid” — Monique Limon, California State Assemblymember and former Santa Barbara Unified School District School Board President

Colleges and Job Training Institutes:

Remember that high school counselors are there to help you, they’re trained to help applying to college. Talk to them about applying to the college you want to go to. Make sure you check each college’s financial office pages for scholarships.

Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) – Job search Sites, Local employers, General and global jobs searches, employment agencies, State Federal job sites, internships, fun stuff.


SBCC also has the Promise Program for any Santa Barbara residents can study at SBCC tuition free


Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is a state-funded, educational support program for financially and academically disadvantaged students enrolled full time (12 or more units) at SBCC and at Allan Hancock College/EOPS.

Allan Hancock College- Apprenticeship Training


Allan Hancock College- Promise Program (tuition free for high school graduates in North Santa Barbara County including Lompoc, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez and Vandenberg Air Force Base Center)


Allan Hancock College-Career opportunities: http://www.hancockcollege.edu/academic_departments/industrial_tech/apprenticeship/careers.php

Allan Hancock College: www.hancockcollege.edu

Cal Poly SLO: www.calpoly.edu

UCSB: www.ucsb.edu

Brandman University School of Business & Professional Studies: www.brandman.edu

Selective Service Registration

UPDATE: The National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service is
continuing to work toward recommendations to Congress and the President on
whether draft registration should be ended, extended to women, modified to
include people with skills in special demand by the military (health care,
foreign languages, tech, etc.), and/or replaced with a compulsory national
service scheme with both military and civilian components. More information can be found on Edward Hasbrouck’s website. 

Draft registration ceased entirely from 1975 to 1980, and the Selective Service System was cut back to “deep standby” status with only minimal headquarters staff and no local draft boards. But since 1980, all cis men, and anyone assigned male at birth, US citizens and most cis men and anyone assigned male at birth US residents, have been required to register with the Selective Service System within 30 days of their 18th birthday, and notify the Selective Service System each time they change their residence until their 26th birthday. Draft registration is one of the ways that all cis men and anyone assigned male at birth (and possibly soon cis women and anyone assigned female at birth as well) have to interact with the military and think about their relationship to military “service”.

The Federal government requires that all cis men and anyone assigned male at birth residing in the United States register with the Selective Service System (SSS) during a 60 day period that begins 30 days before their 18th birthday. Although it is not technically conscription, the military draft, it is a list of people who could be called up if the draft were reinstated.

Some people may feel conscientiously opposed to cooperating with draft registration. If you are a conscientious objector whose conscience allows you to register you should go to the post office and fill out the registration card. Write somewhere on the face of the card, between the lines or above your signature, “I’m opposed to participation in war in any form because of my ethical, moral, or religious beliefs,” or words to that effect. You should make a photocopy of the card before surrendering it to the postal clerk. This cannot be done if you register electronically on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, only if you register by mail with a paper/hard copy.

Here is an article arguing that Why Mandatory National Service is Both Unjust and Unconstitutional by Ilya Somin.

Transgender women are required to register. This link takes you to a Selective Service System page that describes all of those required to register.

More information on SSS registration and Conscientious Objection is available from the Center on Conscience & War, 202-483-2220 | 1830 Connecticut Ave. NW | Washington, DC 20009 | ccw@centeronconscience.org

Job Training

Santa Barbara-Workforce Resource Center: The WRC is a partnership of public, non-profit and community-based organizations. The mission at the WRC is to provide training, education and employment services for job seekers and employers in a single, customer-friendly system. Visit the online Inter-Link website at www.workforceresource.com. The WRC is open to any member of the public, with locations in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria:

  • Santa Barbara: 130 E. Ortega St, phone (805) 568-1296, M-F 8am-5pm
  • Santa Maria: 1410 S. Broadway, phone (805) 614-1550, M-F 8am-5pm


Career Technical Education: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/ A program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that provide California students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.



The Employment Development Department (EDD) provides a range of employment and  training services in partnership with state and local agencies and organizations. These services are for job seekers, laid off workers, youth, individuals currently working, veterans, and people with disabilities.


The Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP) provides special services to youth between the ages of 15 and 25 to assist them in achieving their educational and vocational goals.


Mile High Youth Corps is an AmeriCorps grantee. Youth, over the age of 16,  who serve in the Corps are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award upon completion of a full term of service in one of our programs. The AmeriCorps education award can be used at any accredited educational institution.


National Park Service Student Conservation Association (SCA) sponsors camping or commuting crews and a nationwide network of young conservationists. SCA offers a range of programs for youth ages 15-19. There are local community or explore public lands across the country


Pathways Programs-provide paid employment opportunities with the Federal government for high school students, undergraduates, post-graduates and recent graduates.


The Chamber of Commerce, Santa Barbara region:


Center for Employment Training (CET): www.cetweb.org

Financial Aid for College:

California Student Aid Commission: www.csac.ca.gov

Cal Grant (Cash for College!): www.calgrants.org

Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara: www.sbscholarship.org

Santa Barbara City College Scholarships: www.sbcc.edu/scholarships/

Online Scholarship Help: Scholarship Search Engine

Find an Affordable College Quickly: www.collegeraptor.com

Most students qualify for financial aid. Fill out a FAFSA form during your senior year, and talk to financial aid staff at the schools you want to attend!