Our Impact

EPC partners with 35 schools in 12 school districts in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Santa Clara counties*

EPC serves more than 11,200 students each year

EPC programs provide local middle and high school students with more than 339,000 hours of academic assistance each year

EPC programs annually provide over 76,000 hours of college and career counseling 

EPC summer programs challenge more than 600 academically-motivated students each year with hands-on research and educational experiences on the UC Santa Cruz campus


83% of underrepresented high school graduates served by an EPC program enroll in a postsecondary institution in the fall following their graduation, compared to 64% of all California high school graduates (CA Department of Education)

Two out of three students served by the EPC are the first in their family to attend college


92% of students served by the EPC are from historically underrepresented racial-ethnic groups

EPC’s executive director, Maria Rocha Ruiz, received the 2018 Winston Doby Impact Award for her leadership in recognition of her commitment to improving educational opportunities for California students


70% of students participating in an EPC program submitted Financial Aid Applications for higher education

Data provided by EPC’s research, evaluation & innovation team from 2018 data
*does not include schools whose students participate in EPC STEM summer programs (COSMOS, GIE, SIP)