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
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:
- Are from low-income families.
- Will be the first in their family to attend college.
- 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 or students who take advantage of postsecondary
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.
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"Deciding to go back to school to learn English and obtain my GED has been one of the most important decisions I ever made. My credit ESL instructors guided and helped me to adjust to my new life as a student. They understood me as a student and as a person. Being a full-time worker, a full-time student, and a mother of three was not easy, but my instructors encouraged me to keep going. They spent time with me revising my writing and giving me feedback to improve my English, even after class time. They made me feel welcome and proud of being a student later in life. Now, I am a Hancock graduate with three AAs and am currently attending Cal Poly. I'm here because my instructors encouraged me to never give up. My ESL instructors believed in me even before I started believing in myself. It has been a long and not so easy road but I now know that I can reach all my goals."
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