Saddleback College celebrated the launch of its Promise Program on Monday, August 6th, 2018, at a kick-off meet and greet reception for the more than 260 students in the new program, which covers two years of registration fees and textbook costs for eligible first-time college students.
Acceptance into the Promise Program requires that students enroll in at least 15 units in the fall and spring semesters, enroll in math and English each semester, register for a supervised tutoring course, and earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students who were enrolled in a college success class during their senior year of high school in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District and Capistrano Unified School District were invited to apply to the program. A Promise Program Success Coach is available to students to help them access college-wide support services.
Jim Buysse, Interim President of Saddleback College, said, “By applying for our Promise Program, these first-time college students have already made what may be the wisest choice of their college education. By committing to some basic criteria, we are promising them a free education for their first two years of college. An outstanding deal, and they were wise to accept it.”
The August 6th event included a panel of current Saddleback College students, information from academic programs and student services, a session for parents, and opportunities for the Promise Program students to connect with their fellow students and Promise Program Success Coach.
Juan Avalos, Vice President for Student Services, said, “Studies show that students who build relationships with their fellow students, professors, and counselors have greater academic success in college. This event gave this cohort of students the chance to make these important connections before classes begin.”