El Monte foundation launches program to streamline students’ path to college

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The El Monte Promise Foundation Wednesday, April 6 launched a program to create a seamless cradle-to-college pathway for students in the greater El Monte and South El Monte area.

Called “Roadmap to College,” the effort includes distributing 13,000 booklets to all pre-kindergarten to eighth-grade students in the El Monte City and Mountain View school districts.

  • El Monte School District superintendent Dr. Edward Zuniga talks about the roadmap to college booklets to CherryLee elementary students that will be available to all PreK to 8th grade students in El Monte and Mountain View school districts in the city of El Monte, on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Photo by Alex Gallardo, Contributing Photographer)

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    Mountain View School District board member Cindy Wu talks about the roadmap to college booklets to CherryLee elementary students that will be available to all PreK to 8th grade students in El Monte and Mountain View school districts in the city of El Monte, on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Photo by Alex Gallardo, Contributing Photographer)

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    El Monte Promise Foundation board members pass out graduation caps and roadmap to college booklets to CherryLee elementary students that will be available to all PreK to 8th grade students in El Monte and Mountain View school districts in the city of El Monte, on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Photo by Alex Gallardo, Contributing Photographer)

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    El Monte Promise Foundation executive director Jennifer Cobian talks about the roadmap to college booklets to CherryLee elementary students that will be available to all PreK to 8th grade students in El Monte and Mountain View school districts in the city of El Monte, on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Photo by Alex Gallardo, Contributing Photographer)

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    CherryLee elementary students celebrate during the distribution of roadmap to college booklets for all PreK to 8th grade students in the El Monte and Mountain View school districts in the city of El Monte, on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Photo by Alex Gallardo, Contributing Photographer)

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    El Monte Promise Foundation board member Jerry Velasco celebrates with CherryLee elementary students during the distribution of roadmap to college booklets for all PreK to 8th grade students in the El Monte and Mountain View school districts in the city of El Monte, on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (Photo by Alex Gallardo, Contributing Photographer)

“We are proud to share this new resource to help all our students and families. We want all children to see that higher education is accessible to them, and to offer parents a how-to guide to get there,” Jennifer Cobian, executive director of El Monte Promise Foundation, said in a release.

“Our goal is to have these Roadmaps inspire collaborative action to encourage students’ academic achievement and life-long success,” Cobian said.

The books have college readiness indicators tailored for each specific grade level. The Roadmaps are tangible tools that highlight ways that students, parents, and other stakeholders can support college pathways at home and in the community.

Along with the Roadmap to College, the foundation supports students and their families by providing workshops covering topics that range from gaining financial literacy, budgeting for higher education, and building credit.

It also operates the Scholars Savings Program where parents and guardians can open a 529 college savings account for their child to begin saving for the expenses that often make higher education especially difficult for economically disadvantaged families.