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Cultivating Excelencia

Sep 9, 2020

The Example of Excelencia at the Associate Level is the Center for Community College Partnerships (CCCP) at UCLA. Dra. Michelle Espino Lira talks with Alfred Herrera, Assistant Vice Provost and Director of the program. 

CCCP has been supporting community college transfer for Latino students and underserved community college student populations since 2001. The Center offers 

1) Summer programs to address educational pipeline issues, motivate and prepare students to be competitive at top research universities; 

2) peer mentors, many of whom completed the program) who use their experiences to illustrate how to successfully navigate the system and empower students; and 

3) scholars program held throughout the academic year with meetings and workshops focused on keeping students on a transfer pathway. What started out as a summer program with 150 students has evolved into 12 programs serving 700 students.

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