Evergreen Valley College
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Evergreen Valley College
3095 Yerba Buena Rd.
San Jose, CA 95135
United States

The Enlace Program, which began in 1983, represents an alternative approach to meeting the educational needs of Latino/a students.  In collaboration with its Community Advisory Board and Mentor Advisory Council, the program offers an academic, counseling, and mentoring model that emphasizes a culturally responsive approach to Latino/a students' navigation between their homes, community, and Evergreen Valley College.  Enlace offers courses in developmental and college level English, Math, and Science - disciplines at the heart of students' academic success in college.  In addition, it offers a guidance course for first semester students and one for transfer students.  In total, Enlace offers 20-24 classes each year, with an enrollment of approximately 700 students.  Approximately 90% of the students enrolled in the Enlace classes are Latino/a students.  Two instructional assistants and several peer student tutors provide supplemental instruction.  Over 65 Latino/a community professionals participate as mentors.


Enlace has six primary program goals:

  1. to successfully matriculate and retain Latino/a students.
  2. to enable Latino/a students to successfully complete the Enlace English, Math, Science, and Guidance courses.
  3. to mainstream Latino/a students into the general education and transfer curricula.
  4. to increase the number of Latino/a students who graduate with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Sciences degree.
  5. to increase the number of Latino/a students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
  6. to create a cadre of student leaders.

From Fall 2001 to Fall 2004, 893 Enlace Latino/a students had a 76% course success rate.  During the same period, 2,321 Latino/a students enrolled in non-Enlace courses had a success rate of 55%. Furthermore, the Spring 2006 district generated data demonstrate that the overall Enlace Program success rate for Spring 2006 was 82% while the success rate for all other students enrolled in similar courses was 55%.  For Spring 2006, the Enlace success rate for Math 13, Intermediate Algebra, was 78%; the success rate for the comparison group (Latinos enrolled in non-Enlace Math 13 courses) was 44%.  The Enlace success rate for Math 11A, Introductory Algebra, was 73%; the comparison group's success rate was 40%.  The Enlace success rate for English 1A, college composition, was 72%; the comparison group's success rate was 52%.  The Enlace success rate for English 104, Developmental Composition, was 80%; the comparison group's success rate was 51%.