A crowded gym of excited San Diego High School students were encouraged to follow their college dreams at Wednesday’s Achieve UC event, a University of California initiative to assist and inspire high school students to prepare for and stay on the path to a college education.
Organized by UC San Diego’s Early Academic Program (EAOP), an outreach program housed at CREATE, Achieve UC featured UC San Diego Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Juan González and San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez, who spoke to students about the opportunities and resources available to make their dreams of obtaining a college education a reality. Students attended Achieve UC presentations led by CREATE’s EAOP and the San Diego Writing Project. UC San Diego’s Admissions and Financial Aid also informed students about college grants, scholarships and college preparation resources.
In a nod to the importance of outreach support, both González, an alumnus of the TRiO Upward Bound program at his Texas high school, and Alvarez, a 1998 San Diego High School graduate, said they never would have attended college without the efforts of college mentors from outreach programs like EAOP and TRIO.
In addition to coordinating Achieve UC and other outreach events, UC San Diego’s EAOP currently serves 18 sites in San Diego and Imperial Counties, working with a mix of school sites and community centers. EAOP provides college advising, college and career exploration activities, online tutoring and SAT preparation to over 4,000 students that are from historically disadvantaged and low socio-economic status populations. EAOP is housed within UC San Diego’s Center for Research on Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence (CREATE).