Enlace - Evergreen Valley College

State
California
Academic Level
Associate
Issue Area
Retention
Key Personnel
Program Focus
College Prep,
Developmental Coursework,
First Year Support

Overview

The mission of the Enlace Program is to help Chicanx/Latinx students successfully complete the academic core (English, Math, and Science) and to guide Chicanx/Latinx students effectively through transfer and occupational courses in a timely manner​. Enlace, which began in 1983, is an academic program supported by counseling, tutoring, community mentoring, and student organizations.  Enlace serves underrepresented Chicanx/Latinx  students of San José and nearby communities.

Program Description

Enlace is a multi-service program blending academic instruction and support services. The program offers counseling; mentoring; supplemental instruction; peer tutoring; along with English, Math and Science transferable courses. All courses have a community learning approach. Classes offered are culturally validating and affirming to Latinx students. The primary three program practices are teaching, counseling and increasing educational opportunities to Latinx students in a timely manner.   

Outcome

  • Increase course success rates: 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%.
  • Increase graduation and transfer rates: In Spring 2020, 65 Enlace students graduated with a degree and 62 transferred