GO East L.A. Expands; Free Community College Launched

September 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Efforts to get more Los Angeles students to college got a big boost this week with the launch of an initiative to give students a free year of community college, the expansion of the GO East L.A. to 25 more schools and the start of a 7-year program to get Nightingale Middle School students to USC. (see related story by Stacey Arevalo.)

Under the program launched Tuesday by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Community College District, high school seniors attending LA Unified schools will be eligible for one year of free community college tuition starting in 2017. The initiative was inspired by America’s College Promise — a campaign spearheaded by President Barack Obama and chaired by Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden.

 The GO East L.A. initiative kicked off its third year Tuesday at Roosevelt High School. (Courtesy of LA Unified School District)

The GO East L.A. initiative kicked off its third year Tuesday at Roosevelt High School. (Courtesy of LA Unified School District)

L.A.’s initiative, dubbed L.A. College Promise, “is tremendous reason to celebrate,” said Biden during Wednesday’s launch.

“We are making a declaration — an assurance that you can attend one year of school tuition-free,” Biden said.

Eligible applicants must be part of the 2017 class of graduates and qualify for in-state resident tuition, and will need to complete their FAFSA or California Dream Act applications.

“Higher education should be within reach for every student in Los Angeles,” Garcetti said. “The L.A. College Promise is a path for every Angeleno to earn a high school diploma and pursue the skills and education they need to realize their dreams and potential.”

LACCD Board President Scott Svonkin said the one year of free tuition now being offered to 2017 graduates “is just the beginning,” and that the eventual goal is to provide free community college to all.

The majority of the students attending LAUSD schools are Latino and on Tuesday Go East L.A. —Great Outcomes East Los Angeles— kicked off its third year with a high-energy celebration at Theodore Roosevelt High School.

Designed to promote college readiness among students attending schools in East L.A. and Boyle Heights, GO East L.A. includes a number of initiatives, including priority admission to East Los Angeles College and California State University Los Angeles.

“We are thrilled to have student leaders from across the Eastside here with us today, because this is a day to celebrate,” Board Member Mónica García told students.

GO East L.A. was piloted at Garfield High School, four middle schools and 15 elementary schools. This year, the program expands to 25 additional schools including, seven new high schools.


Information from City News Service used in this story.



Estudiantes Reciben Certificados De Aceptación a Instituciones Superiores

March 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Líderes de la iniciativa GO East LA se reunieron el martes con estudiantes del kinder en la Escuela Primaria Brooklyn Avenue para entregar certificados de aceptación de universidad y hacer hincapié en la importancia de su preparación a una edad temprana.

Los pequeños se enteraron de oportunidades universitarias y recibieron sus certificados GO East LA por parte de la miembro de la Junta Escolar de LAUSD Mónica García, el Presidente de ELACC Marvin Martínez entre otros.

En total 1,600 estudiantes de kinder del Este de Los Ángeles están recibiendo el certificado. Los certificados se entregan en el mismo período en el que las cartas de aceptación de universidades llegan a estudiantes de preparatoria de todo el país.

“Ustedes han sido aceptados y se les espera en el Colegio del Este de Los Ángeles y en Cal State LA en 2027, siempre y cuando trabajemos juntos para cumplir con los requisitos”, dijo García a los pequeños.

El superintendente de LAUSD del área Roberto Martínez agregó que existe una promesa y un cumplido para miles de estudiantes y las futuras generaciones como parte de GO East LA.

“Nos estamos asegurando que cada estudiante en el Este de Los Ángeles tenga acceso a educación superior y a oportunidades de aprendizaje después de graduarse de la preparatoria”.

Cortesía de Margie Low CSULA

Cortesía de Margie Low CSULA

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