About Me: Ms. Yoli is a first-year licensed school counselor. However, she has more than 15 years as an educator in Minneapolis and St. Paul schools. As a mother of three school-aged children, she is excited to be serving at El Colegio students and the school community. 

This webpage will serve as a resource for El Colegio students and parents to be able to access common career and college education websites used including links to school applications, scholarships, and financial aid. El Colegio staff will frequently update as needed.

Career Exploration

MN Career Field, Clusters & Pathways
A PDF of Career Fields, Clusters, and Pathways. It is organized by broad career fields then structured into 16 career clusters and 79 pathways. Once students have completed interest and personal assessments they will be able to identify career areas that interest and align with their strengths. 

College Exploration

Virtual College Fairs
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is hosting Virtual College Fairs. They will be dynamic, new, digital meeting space that connects counselors, students, and their families with colleges and universities around the world.

MN Education Fairs will host virtual college exploration sessions and panel discussions. Attendance is free for all students! Student registration is now open: https://www.mn-acac.org/

Minnesota State has 37 state colleges and universities! The Explore Minnesota State Week is October 12-16, 2020. Over the MEA break, Minnesota State will be offering special visits — including virtual visits — for high school students.

Minnesota College’s PDF from Minnesota Office of Higher Education. The Choosing a College PDF provides a list of all MN Higher Education options. This included private, public, and for-profit schools in the state.

College Applications

University of Minnesota
The U of M has five institutions across Minnesota.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
MinnState has 30 community and technical colleges and 7 universities. All Minnesota State colleges and universities are waiving their application fee on October 25-31.

University of Wisconsin System
The University of WI system has 13 universities across 26 campuses.

MN Private Colleges
MN Private College system has 17 higher education options.

College Knowledge Month (CKM) Resources 

Minnesota Free Applications List
MN schools fee waivers for the month of October 2020 


Beat the Odds Scholarship Due: Oct. 16, 2020

Act Six Scholarship Due: Dec. 1, 2020

Page Scholarship Due: May 1, 2021

MALDEF Scholarship List
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund provides a yearly scholarship list for Undocumented students. Deadlines vary.

Federal & State Aide

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 

MN Dream Act application

Resources for Undocumented Students 

Social Emotional Support & Resources

Crisis Text Line
Active 24/7 
Text “MN” to 741741

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
Active 24/7
Call: 1-800-273-8255
Online Chat: Sucidepreventionlifeline.org/chat

Trevor Lifeline 
Crisis Line for LGBTQ youth 
Active 24/7
Call: 1-866-488-7386
Text START to 678678

Trans Lifeline
Peer support and crisis hotline run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers 
Active 24/7

The Steve Fund 
Crisis line for youth of color 
Active 24/7
Text “STEVE” to 741741

Counseling/Therapy Resources 

El Colegio School Therapist
Ms. Adalinda Estrada 

Aqui Para Ti
Whittier Clinic
2810 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN, 55415
Clinic hours: 1:30pm – 5pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Appointments: 612-873-8145

Walk-In Counseling Center 
Free anonymous counseling services for individuals and families over the phone or video