Central Coast Cal-SOAP Consortium


The Central Coast Cal-SOAP Consortium was established in 2001 and serves students in five school districts and two community colleges in North Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. Central Coast Cal-SOAP is part of 15 consortia throughout California serving over 150,000 students. It is one of the largest outreach programs of its kind in California.

The California Student Opportunity and Access Program, or Cal-SOAP, is a statewide program designed to increase the number of students attending college.  The program serves elementary, middle school, high school, and community college students who: 

  1. Are from low-income families. 
  2. Will be the first in their family to attend college. 
  3. Are from areas or schools with low-eligibility or college participation rates. 

By building collaborative relationships with federal, state and local sponsors, Cal-SOAP is working to increase the number of students who take advantage of postsecondary opportunities. 

The goal of the program is to advise, motivate and inform students regarding college admissions and financial aid information.  To achieve this goal, Cal-SOAP offers free tutoring and peer advising to students within the target population. 


800 South College Drive, A 209
Santa Maria, CA 93454 
Phone: 1-805-922-6966 x3710
Fax: (805) 739-0045

Diana Perez
Cal-SOAP Director
Phone: 1-805-922-6966 x3654

MariaElena Garcia
Cal-SOAP Lompoc Unified School District Program Specialist
Phone: (805) 735-3366

Lizbeth Mendoza-Atilano
Cal-SOAP Lucia Mar Unified School District Program Specialist
Phone: 1-805-922-6966 x3710

Minerva Nievez
Cal-SOAP Program Assistant
Phone: 1-805-922-6966 x3710

Saul Ruiz
Cal-SOAP Paso Robles High School Program Specialist

Phone: (805) 769-1500

Itzelt Santos
Cal-SOAP Middle Class Scholarship Program Specialist
Phone: 1-805-922-6966 x3612

Naomi Suniga
Cal-SOAP Fiscal Administrative Technician
Phone: 1-805-922-6966 x3884

Yesenia Vazquez
Cal-SOAP Santa Maria High School Program Specialist
Phone: (805) 925-2567 x3762



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