PUMP started at CSUN to increase the number of URM students who enter Ph.D. programs in the mathematical sciences. Program Activities include summer and winter institutes, weekly seminars, and research projects. In 2013, they received an NSF Workforce grant to extend PUMP to the other nine CSU campuses in California.
A partnership between Long Beach City College, the local school district, and university partners began with the philosophy that together their institutions can improve college preparation, increase college access, eliminate financial barriers, create curriculum alignment, and increase college completion while closing the achievement gap.
Sacred Heart Nativity Schools’ (SHNS) Graduate Support Program began in 2004 upon the graduation of the school’s first class of 8th graders. SHNS’s relationship with students continues well after eighth grade graduation, creating a unique support system for low-income Latino youth.
The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program works with 160 first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities at California State University Channel Islands (CI). The Priority Pass Program, launched in 2011 within SSS, is a key tool used to track the services received by SSS students and individualize the college experience for students.
Sacramento State’s CAMP was established in 1986 and offers first-year students from migrant or seasonal farmworker backgrounds cohort-based education, career support services, opportunities for cultural affirmation that lead to student success. Latino students make up 98% of the eligible migrant student population in California, but less than 1% of them attend college because of their families’ transient lifestyle.
Launched in Spring 2008, College Connect (CC) is a family-based college access and success program. Each fall, CC recruits high school juniors who live or attend school in the Mission District (which has some of the lowest performing schools in California), will be first-generation college students, are on-track academically, and have at least a 2.5 GPA.
Los Medanos College (LMC) developed the Transfer Academy (TA) as a signature program to reshape the experience of first-time students, including Latino and first-generation students. The multi-year program supports students who want to transfer to a four-year college or university by providing a dynamic academic experience with strong supports in and outside of the classroom.
Reality Changers began in 2001 with just $300, four 8th graders, and the belief that college changes everything, especially for low-income, Latino youth. Today, Reality Changers has over 1,600 alumni and 1,600 annual participants. Reality Changers has three programs: College Town, College Apps, and the Alumni Network. The programs are designed to help students in grades 8 through 12 become college ready.