EPC News

  • Educational Partnership Center Executive Director honored with Winston Doby Impact Award

    May 25, 2018

    Maria Rocha-Ruiz, executive director of the UC Santa Cruz Educational Partnership Center, is this year’s recipient of the Dr. Winston Doby Impact Award

  • College Bound PVUSD Seniors Feted in Freedom

    May 18, 2018

    On Friday, Karen, 17, and others were the first class to have a Signing Day celebration to recognize their achievements. Hosted at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the event was put on by a combination of school counselors and the federal program GEAR UP.

  • PVUSD honors college-bound students

    May 18, 2018

    The students — who were joined by a handful of parents and school officials — were participating in College Signing Day, the first time Pajaro Valley Unified School District has held such an event for all of its seniors.

  • Diverse students, diverse experiences

    October 31, 2017

    In a time of increased insularity around the world, how does UC Santa Cruz broaden student—and faculty—interaction with ideas and views from around the state, country, and globe? The divisions of Undergraduate Education and Global Engagement prepare low-income, first generation students for postsecondary education, work to expand the diversity of our undergraduate student body at UC Santa Cruz, and seek to offer experiences that challenge students intellectually and personally.

  • UC Santa Cruz chancellor inspires Pajaro Valley students

    October 25, 2017

    The chancellor’s visit is part of Achieve UC, an annual University of California outreach effort. The system-wide program connects top administrators with local high schools to deliver a specific message: Higher education is more attainable than most think.

  • $10.5 million education grant will help UC Santa Cruz prepare students for college

    October 13, 2017

    The Educational Partnership Center at UC Santa Cruz has been awarded $10.5 million over seven years to help middle and high school students in south Monterey County prepare for college.

  • Lick Observatory Hosts Latino Students and Parents for a night of astronomy

    October 10, 2017

    Evening event for high school students and their family members, called La Noche de las Estrellas, was the observatory's first Spanish-language event

  • El observatorio de Lick fue anfitrión de una noche de astronomía para estudiantes y padres latinos

    October 10, 2017

    El evento para estudiantes de escuelas secundarias y sus familiares, titulado La Noche de las Estrellas, fue el primer evento en español del observatorio

  • Local Giving Leads to Action through Fund for Women and Girls!

    April 26, 2017

    Starting this fall, 35 girls from Pajaro Valley middle schools (grades 6-8) will participate in a three-year pilot project meant to improve their chances for success in school and life. It's happening thanks to a $450,000 grant from the Fund for Women and Girls at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County.

  • Achieve UC inspires students at Watsonville High School to pursue higher education

    October 26, 2016

    Nearly 400 students attended the Achieve UC annual outreach event, along with Richard Hughey, UCSC vice provost and dean of undergraduate education. The event alternates at high schools in the area each year, informs students of the range of resources available to make college affordable, and guides them through rigorous and often complicated college applications.

  • EPC Awarded $1.2 million to help students pursue higher education

    August 19, 2016

    UC Santa Cruz’s Educational Partnership Center has been awarded a $1.2 million federal grant over a five-year period to assist disadvantaged middle and high school students in Santa Clara County in pursuing a postsecondary education.

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    Educational Partnership Center lands $3.27 million grant to help students achieve college

    October 2, 2014

    UC Santa Cruz’s Educational Partnership Center has been awarded a $3.27 million federal grant over seven years to help prepare middle and high school students in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District for college. The grant is one of 41 nationwide totaling $82 million as part of the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

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    Achieve UC at Harbor High

    October 18, 2012

    Two senior UC Santa Cruz officials will visit Harbor High School Thursday, October 18 to meet with students and show them how they can achieve a University of California education.

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    EAOP-GEAR UP Students Win Gates Millennium Scholarships

    April 18, 2012

    Edgard Garcia and Daniel De Silva, EAOP and GEAR UP students at Watsonville High, win the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship.

  • Educational Partnership Center receives $14 million in federal outreach grants

    October 7, 2011

    UC Santa Cruz's Educational Partnership Center has been awarded two GEAR UP federal grants to serve students in Pajaro Valley and South Monterey County.

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    Chancellor honors achievements in diversity

    June 9, 2009

    On June 4, Chancellor George Blumenthal honored and acknowledged the diversity achievements of three academic employees, two staff employees, and one campus unit at the 2009 Chancellor's Achievement Awards for Diversity, presented at the University Center.

  • UCSC Helps Prepare Middle-School and High-School Students for College

    April 16, 2008

    Middle-school and high-school students from South Monterey County piled into the Porter/Kresge Dining Hall on Saturday to begin their preparation for college early. Students and their families sat at tables draped in blue and yellow tablecloths and listened to speakers standing under an arch of similarly slug colored balloons. On the stage, key representatives of UCSC’s Educational Partnership Center spoke about college as a necessity and possibility for all.

  • Watsonville Proclamation

    EPC receives Watsonville City Proclamation

    March 19, 2007

    Watsonville mayor Manuel Bersamin and the Watsonville City Council issued a formal proclamation on March 13 recognizing the impact of the UC Santa Cruz Educational Partnership Center (EPC) and its many academic preparation programs serving students, families, teachers, and schools in Watsonville and the Pajaro Valley area.

  • UCSC faculty honored by Educational Partnership Center

    May 8, 2006

    Two current UCSC faculty members and a professor emeritus were among the seven "partners" recently honored for their service to the Educational Partnership Center.

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    MBEC Recognized by State Officials

    November 1, 2004

    The Monterey Bay Educational Consortium (MBEC), which Educational Partnership Center was a member, was recognized by State Assemblyman John Laird and State Senator Bruce McPherson.

  • Educators Pool Resources to get more kids on the path to college

    May 29, 2000

    A $2.2 million grant funded by the state of California's Academic Improvement and Achievement Act is giving a major boost to a collaborative effort by UC Santa Cruz and the Monterey County Office of Education, under the auspices of the Monterey Bay Educational Consortium (MBEC), to fund a five-year, $5 million effort to get more kids on the path to college. The grant will serve five participating regional high schools.