CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The EPC holds the health & well being of all our staff, program participants and their families, and our partners as our highest priority. 

We are following UC Santa Cruz campus protocol in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).  

Thank you and be well.

Who We Are

The Educational Partnership Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz increases access to higher education for underrepresented students across the Monterey Bay, Pajaro Valley, and Silicon Valley.  The EPC helps students in our region reach and succeed in college.

Our Vision

Every student will be prepared to access and succeed in college.

Our Mission

We build educational equity and create opportunities for underrepresented students in the communities we serve by forging partnerships and empowering students with knowledge, tools and support systems to access and succeed in college.

Latest News

Aylin Hernandez, now a 9th grader at Pajaro Valley High School, discovered her passion for

The Educational Partnership Center (EPC) at UC Santa Cruz builds educational equity and creates opportunities

More students applied to SIP in 2021 than ever before. A new endowment and partnerships

As a first-generation college student herself and a UC Santa Cruz alumna, Ortiz has spent years talking with the students about the benefits of post-secondary education.

MESA was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Genentech Foundation to engage underrepresented, low income

The EPC’s Cal-SOAP (California Student Opportunity and Access Program) is raising financial aid awareness by

Get Involved. Change Lives.

Become an EPC supporter

When you make a financial gift to the Educational Partnership Center, you are creating pathways and transforming lives. We are committed to building future opportunities for all students.

Students who receive support from the Educational Partnership Center benefit from mentoring, counseling, academic assistance, and most importantly, support in their belief that they can achieve and succeed in college and beyond.  

EPC programs are changing our communities and our world, one student at a time.

Join our prestigious roster of donors by supporting the Educational Partnership Center and making an investment in education for the Monterey Bay, Pajaro Valley, and Silicon Valley/San Jose regions. We appreciate gifts of cash, donations of stocks and securities, and in-kind donations. 

For more information on how you or your organization can get involved, please contact:

Maria Rocha-Ruiz
Executive Director
831.459.1811
mgrruiz@ucsc.edu