California Community Colleges to Expand Major Student Support Program for Foster Youth

May 16, 2018

Paige Marlatt Dorr

Office: 916.327.5356

Cell: 916.601.8005 

pdorr@cccco.edu

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Community Colleges today announced the expansion of the NextUp program to 15 additional California community colleges. NextUp, formerly known as CAFYES (Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support) gives current and former California foster youth extra support when pursuing their higher education goals at a local community college.

“Students in foster care often face a more challenging path to higher education than many of their peers,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “Expanding this important program to more colleges will give more foster youth the tools they need to succeed in college and help them accomplish their higher educational goals.”

NextUp was initially established through the enactment of Senate Bill 1023 (2014). Senate Bill 12 (2017) allows the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to expand the number of community college districts operating NextUp, depending on available funding.

NextUp promotes academic success by using an in-person, individual approach when offering support and services, including books and supplies, child care, counseling and career guidance, educational planning, emergency housing assistance, food assistance, health services, life skills, financial literacy, mental health services, transportation assistance and tutoring. Support and services vary by college.

The additional 15 NextUp programs:

Butte-Glenn Community College District             

Butte College

Los Rios Community College District

American River College

Cosumnes River College

Folsom Lake College

Sacramento City College   

Kern Community College District

Bakersfield College

Cerro Coso Community College

Porterville College

Chaffey Community College District

Chaffey Community College

Riverside Community College District

Moreno Valley College

Norco College

Riverside City College

San Diego Community College District

San Diego City College

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Miramar College

More information can be found on the NextUp website, including statewide resources for California foster youth to help them understand what NextUp offers and connect them with a NextUp program.

The Student Services and Special Programs Division of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office administers NextUp.

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 73 districts and 115 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. California community colleges provide career education and workforce training; guaranteed transfer to four-year universities; degree and certificate pathways; and basic skills education in English and math. As the state’s engine for social and economic mobility, the California Community Colleges supports the Vision for Success , a strategic plan designed to improve student success outcomes, increase transfer rates and eliminate achievement gaps. For more information, please visit the California Community Colleges web site or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.