COLLEGE ACCESS

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS AT PUSD

Our programs meet after school twice-per-week at Blair, John Muir, Marshall Fundamental, and Pasadena high schools and is a collaboration with the PasadenaLEARNs after school program.

Our signature drop-in program serves students at four PUSD high schools with one-to-one college knowledge in a dynamic computer lab setting that encourages peer collaboration. Our doors are always open to any student who wishes to:

  • Identify colleges that match their interests and charles&mailin_Blairpersonalities
  • Receive comprehensive college application assistance
  • Understand college majors and career pathways
  • Submit financial aid applications (FAFSA and California Dream Act)
  • Identify scholarships
  • Write and review personal statements and scholarship essays
  • Create a community college transfer plan
  • Activate college student portals and submit housing applications
  • Do anything college related!

Sometimes students visit with a quick question before dashing off to athletic practice or home to meet personal responsibilities; sometimes they hang out for hours to work on their college content. We’re happy either way -- no barriers, no limits, no restrictions.

Read “College Access Plan: A Community Opting in to College Success,” a white paper that illustrates the effectiveness of our drop-in model, which encourages students to define their own relationships with CAP staff members and volunteers and relies upon pivotal moments to provide students with perspective-altering and sometimes life-changing opportunities to define their own futures.

For more information, contact Sarah Promnitz

With some topics, students need a solid jumping off point We offer one-time topic-specific workshops to demystify aspects of the college readiness and application process. Workshops include:

  • Crafting a Thrilling Personal Statement
  • Stress-Free FAFSA Submission
  • AP Exam Prep (History and English)
  • College Financial Planning
  • Final Steps for Seniors
  • Whatever our students need!

We keep our doors open to all interested students -- whether the topic is new or old hat. At the very least, students will walk away having received accurate information, but we also encourage them to drop-in for personalized support.

All of CAP’s four-year college eligible students apply to one-or-more of California’s public universities and therefore are required to take either the SAT or ACT test. We know that college entrance exams can be stressful for students, and our curriculum addresses both understanding of content and question-design as well as students’ anxiety about these tests by using metacognitive tools that consider both what students know and what they feel.

These courses are free to students who attend PUSD high schools. While there are no basic requirements or barriers to entry (like all CAP programs!), students and their guardians must complete an application and agree to attend all course sessions.

For more information, contact Joanne Do

POSTSECONDARY COUNSELING FOR ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION

At CAP, we’ve always adapted to the specific needs of our student populations. While our drop-in program is the perfect fit for traditional schools, students in alternative education often have inconsistent school schedules, and so after school programming is not a great fit for their needs.

During the day, our college counselors serve RoseCity_Jasonnon-traditional learners at PUSD’s CIS Academy and Rose City High School. We work with students individually and in the classroom.

While we provide all our traditional college access counseling at these sites, we also meet the unique needs of the student population through collaborating with counselors and teachers to identify each student’s best-fit postsecondary option. In addition to exploring four-year and two-year colleges, CAP’s counselors help interested students find and apply to a variety of postsecondary certification, training, and apprenticeship programs that will lead to increased job readiness and overall student growth and success without excessive cost burdens.

For more information, contact Sarah Promnitz

At Learning Works Charter School and LW @ HomeboyLW_2 Industries, CAP works with students in the Pregnant and Parenting Teens Program, probation youth, students who are expelled from PUSD, and students ages 18-20 who return to complete their high school degrees. All students receive one-to-one expert support in collaboration with Learning Works staff and counselors.

While we provide all our traditional college access counseling at these sites, we also meet the unique needs of the student population to identify each student’s best-fit postsecondary option. In addition to exploring four-year and two-year colleges, CAP’s Learning Works Transition Counselor helps interested students find and apply to a variety of postsecondary certification, training, and apprenticeship programs that will lead to increased job readiness and overall student growth and success without excessive cost burdens.

For more information, contact Lina Calderón-Morin

MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSES

Building a college-going culture in families and schools does not begin with college entrance exams or college applications; it begins much earlier, with a feeling: college is for me.

middleschoolCAP partners with PasadenaLEARNs at Blair, Marshall, Washington, Eliot, and Wilson middle schools to provide nine-week courses focused on exploration of college, career, academic, and personal interests. While students must sign up for these courses, they are open to anyone who wishes to learn about college and explore a variety of paths for their future. Course offerings are paired with parent engagement workshops.

For more information, contact Natasha Mahone

CAP partners with the administration of  McKinley Middle School to provide presentations in every middle school classroom; five-week courses focused on exploration of college, career, academic, and personal interests; and extensive parent engagement opportunities including workshops, trainings, and presentations all focused on the long-range college planning and exploration process. These offerings are open to any student or parent at McKinley who wishes to learn about college and explore a variety of options for the future.

Through a community collaboration between CAP and  Lake Avenue Community Foundation, CAP leads bi-weekly sessions that help students to explore a range of college, career, academic, and personal interests. These modules are further supported by LACF's dynamic program that provides students with homework support and families with holistic engagement to foster college-ready habits and a college-going culture.