Cal-SOAP, the California Student Opportunity and Access Program, is a vital component in California’s effort to build an educated workforce for the 21st century by providing college, career and financial aid assistance to traditionally non-college going students. The program was established by the California Legislature in 1978 and is administered by the California Student Aid Commission. Statewide projects support the Commission’s objective “to make education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians”. The project sustains and enhances the work of K-12, college and university partners and increases the value and reach of other important federal and state college preparation programs. Cal-SOAP communicates important information about financial aid, postsecondary opportunities and career technical education. San Jose Cal-SOAP provides academic tutoring, peer mentoring, college and career advisement, college access and admissions counseling, SAT/ACT test preparation, college tours and financial aid workshops and grants. In addition, the San Jose Cal-SOAP Consortium convenes key stakeholders from higher education institutions, K–12 districts, county offices of education, and community agencies and businesses to collaboratively develop and implement academic preparation activities to maximize resources and avoid duplication of efforts.
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For more information, contact: San Jose Cal-SOAP Program Office (408) 223-6774.