ON THEIR WAY: Academic Connections summer program participants Alejandro Quiroz (fifth from left), Omar Ahmad (holding certificate) and Cynthia Cortez (fourth from right) are shown during the welcoming reception for the recently concluded three-week program. Photo courtesy Gretchen Laue
The first edition of UC San Diego’s “summer bridge” program with a group of top Imperial Valley high-schoolers has been completed.
Seven students from the region – one from each high school in the valley – recently spent three weeks taking college-level prep courses at UC San Diego as part of Extension’s Academic Connections outreach program.
This was the first time that summer-program scholarships were made available to Imperial Valley students. The program is part of a larger strategy by UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla to connect with the region and establish academic ties to the university.
“This program is shining example of our academic mission,” said Ed Abeyta, director of Extension’s K-16 program that serves San Diego and Imperial counties. “We couldn’t be more proud of these students and their commitment to achieving their goals of a college education.”
Of the seven students, several likely will be first-generation college students, especially given their recent experience at UC San Diego. An equal number of scholarships will be offered next summer to Imperial Valley students, perhaps even increased, according to Abeyta.
“Our pledge is that we will continue to reinvest in the Valley and its young people,” he said.
In all, Academic Connections’ summer on-campus programs hosted 340 students representing some 20 states and eight countries.