VALENCIA— The William S. Hart High School District and College of the Canyons met Wednesday to discuss some issues concerning three programs for future students.
With the improvements of the Upward Bound program, First Year Enrollment and Career Coaching services, local high school students are given more opportunities to further their educations.
A grant of $1.25 million dollars has been awarded to the Upward Bound program through College of the Canyons for the next five years.
Only 60 students will be chosen for the program, one of the requirements being that they come from low income families whose household income is in the 150% of the poverty level.
The program provides career, school and family counseling. It is designed to set students up, who may have otherwise fallen between the cracks, to succeed.
“If we can get students and parents to envision a college education, degree and the possibilities that come with it, then College of the Canyons and Hart District will provide the many ways to explore all the careers, classes and possibilities,” said Project Director for Upward Bound Carrie Lynne Draper.
The First Year Enrollment Program, gives future college students a chance to have a full student course load for one year with priority registration.
But not all students are automatically thrown into the program and only students from the Hart district are allowed to participate.
“The students actually have to jump through quite a few hoops,” Audrey Green, College of the Canyons Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, said.
Students are required to attend a seminar, fill out an application for enrollment at COC and an application for the program itself.
Once a student is admitted, students must participate in workshops and social events that are coordinated by the FYE program.
The program has seen an increase from 200 students to 400 in the course of the past year with more return students than in other schools.
The last item covered in the joint meeting was the new Career Coaching Program, which is funded by the SB70 CTE Community Collaborative/Career Pathways grant.
As the first of its kind in California, many of the board members were curious as to what representatives want to do to bring more publicity to the services.
Future plans for the Career Coaches include getting the word out through high school counselors and students communicating to each other.
The Career Coaches are available to aid students in developing individual career plans and explore their options at COC.
“I am most excited about the Career Coaches program because I think it is a huge missing component in today’s high schools,” Green said.