2014 Examples of Excelencia Honorable Mention
Building Skills Partnership (BSP) and UCLA Center for Labor Research began their collaboration in 2007 to form a unique partnership of over 75 janitorial companies, more than 40 building owners, the janitor’s union (SEIU-USWW), and colleges, all coming together to break cycles of poverty through education.
The SLAM Program is a strategic partnership between College Bridge, The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), and The California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). SLAM offers LAUSD students the opportunity to enroll in CSULA's MATH 109 (Statistics) course, which is co-taught by a LAUSD teacher and a CSULA professor.
The Nepantla Program is an alternative space carved out in higher education that reinterprets and redefines the role of a college education by connecting culture to recruitment, provides special designed social justice and identity formation courses, hosts a summer bridge that teaches students how to navigate college, and creates a familia amongst Latina/o students at the college.
The Spanish Language Family Orientation was implemented in July 2013 to better serve the growing number of Spanish speaking families by providing in Spanish the services already in place through the Office of Parent Programs.
The Imperial Valley University Partnership (IVUP) is an innovative higher education initiative that began in May 2011 as a collaboration between San Diego State University’s Imperial Valley Campus (SDSU-IV), Imperial Valley College (IVC), and the Imperial County Office of Education (ICOE). The program offers students a seamless, accessible, affordable, and high quality education with a clear path to a Bachelor’s degree in four years.
GANAS is the first program within the CSU system to develop an academic and student success program that targets and serves Latino/a transfer students in a culturally responsive way. The GANAS program was implemented in 2013 as an innovative initiative that focuses on encouraging transfer students to participate in a one-year cohort-based learning community that is paired with a success seminar, intrusive academic counseling, and mentoring.
In October 2011 the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Northridge, was awarded a five-year, $5.5 million HSI STEM grant by the U.S. Department of Education to implement a program designed to increase the number of low-income, Hispanic and other underrepresented students graduating from CSUN with engineering and computer science majors.
The Outreach Center began in 2007 as a gateway to college for any interested student by focusing on the individual’s needs and family integration. The Center offers a large array of services, such as TCC application, enrollment assistance; academic advisement; financial aid assistance; computer placement testing; computer lab, Internet; general education credit classes; personal and academic enrichment classes and Spanish-speaking services.
The STEM Pathways Project was launched in 2011 with the goal of strengthening systems and services to better support the success of Latino and other low-income students. Students enrolled receive a rigorous STEM education at Crafton Hills College in an environment that provides an integrated network of social and academic support with the end goal of transferring into STEM programs at highly regarded four year institutions.