Coastal CA Consortium Welcomes New Class of College Corps Fellows
SAN LUIS OBISPO – On Sept. 22, a new class of #CaliforniansForAll College Corps from the Coastal California Consortium, made up of Allan Hancock College, Cal Poly, and Cuesta College, were officially welcomed at a launch event and swearing-in ceremony in San Luis Obispo.
“The College Corps program offers students an invaluable early opportunity in their educational journey to delve into purpose-driven roles that align with their aspirations and values. Cuesta College is thrilled to empower our students with the chance to apply their academic knowledge to make a meaningful difference in sustainability and the betterment of our community,” said Cuesta College Superintendent / President Dr. Jill Stearns.
College Corps is a statewide, paid service program launched during the 2022-2023 academic year, which provides meaningful work to college students in exchange for serving their community. The program helps participants graduate on time and with less debt while gaining valuable work experience. Students will earn up to $10,000 for completing community service.
For the 2023-24 academic year, there are 335 participating fellows in the Coastal California Consortium, which includes Allan Hancock College, Cal Poly SLO, CSU Long Beach, and Cuesta College. Cuesta College has 29 fellows, six of whom are AB540 students, partnering with 12 local organizations such as SLO Climate Coalition and The Marine Mammal Center.
“We are so proud of these students who’ve stepped up to serve their community. These are our future leaders, and that’s why California is investing in them. Our hope is that College Corps sparks a lifelong commitment to service,” said California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday.
Through their service, College Corps Fellows contribute to tackling the biggest issues facing the state of California. Fellows will work in their communities to tutor and mentor low-income students, distribute meals to those facing food insecurity, and take climate action.
“Giving back to your community through service is at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian – and that’s what College Corps is all about. There’s nothing more valuable than getting hands-on with service projects that make our state a better place for all,” said Governor Gavin Newsom.
College Corps is uniquely open to AB 540 CA Dream Act Students, ensuring that all eligible California college students have a chance to earn money while serving their community at participating campuses. This service and career development program is building a diverse generation of leaders prepared to transform California for the better. Funding was made possible by the leadership efforts of Governor Newsom and the State Legislature.