Campus: Cal Poly Pomona -- November 01, 2002
Cal Poly Pomona Awarded $3.4 Million Grant To
Help Low-Income Students Prepare For College
The United States Department of Education has selected Cal Poly Pomona
as a recipient of a grant worth $3.4 million over five years. The funding
will allow Cal Poly Pomona professors and Hacienda La Puente Unified
School District personnel to establish Project REACH (Realizing Educational
Achievement and College Honors).
Project REACH aspires to increase the number of low-income students
who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education by
lending support to students, teachers and parents, said Richard Navarro,
project director and dean of Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Education
and Integrative Studies. The grant focuses on students at La Puente
High School and two of its feeder schools, Sparks Middle School and
Lassalette Elementary School.
First, an academic support system will be developed and implemented
for students that will encourage academic achievement and enrollment
in higher education. Possible activities include Saturday Academies,
tutoring, college courses and individual educational plans. Educators
will receive assistance through new professional development activities,
such as workshops, conferences and coaching from National Board Certified
teachers. Outreach and educational opportunities will also be offered
to parents to increase their knowledge and interest in higher education.
Parent advisory groups and centers will be formed. Counseling, parenting
classes and adult education courses will also be accessible by Project
For five years, $676,853 will be provided annually to fund these components.
Once federal funding terminates, organizers believe Project REACH systems
and structures will be established and can continue to be implemented.
The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, headed by superintendent
Edward Lee Vargas, is one of the largest suburban school districts in
the state with more than 22,000 students. Other partners in the grant
include the Los Angeles Educational Partnership (LAEP), Los Angeles
County Sheriff’s Department and Mt. San Antonio College.
Contact: Uyen Mai (909) 869-5331, utmai@csupomona