GO East LA leaders present kindergarten students with acceptance certificates to East Los Angeles College and Cal State L.A.

March 17, 2015
Go East LA

A college president and an LAUSD board member deliver certificates of guaranteed admission as high school seniors nationwide receive college acceptance letters

Leaders from the GO East LA initiative on Tuesday met with kindergarten students at Brooklyn Avenue Elementary School to hand out college acceptance certificates and stress the importance of preparing for college at an early age.

The beaming children heard about college opportunities and received their GO East LA certificates from Los Angeles Unified School Board member Mónica García, East Los Angeles College President Marvin Martinez, GO East LA Director Bianca Guzman, and LAUSD Instructional Area Superintendent Roberto Martinez.

Every kindergarten student in East Los Angeles—more than 1,600 in all—is receiving the certificate. The certificates are being delivered during the same period in which college acceptance letters are landing in mailboxes of high school seniors across the country.

“We congratulate our seniors receiving college acceptance letters. During this exciting time, our GO East LA partners have a very special message for our class of 2027 and their families,” García said. “You are accepted and expected at East L.A. College and Cal State L.A. in 2027 as long as we work together to meet those requirements.” She added, “We are clear in purpose and intention: We want 100 percent of our youth to know we are ready to support their path to be college ready and career prepared. When our families work together with our schools and colleges, we all succeed. Great Outcomes for East L.A. begins right here, right now!”

“Great Outcomes East LA: A Pathway for College and Career Success” is a collaboration between the Los Angeles Unified School District, East Los Angeles College and Cal State L.A. to promote a college-going culture and greater educational outcomes for all East L.A. students who meet admission requirements.

The GO East LA initiative offers all eligible Garfield High School students guaranteed admission to East L.A. College and Cal State L.A. The initiative also serves students in the nearby feeder middle and elementary schools such as Brooklyn Elementary.

“What’s really important here today is the message being received by students and their families,” said Marvin Martinez of East L.A. College. “GO East L.A. is creating a college-going culture in this community. We’re spreading the message that if a college education is what you want, we’re here to help you achieve it.”

Added Roberto Martinez of LAUSD: “Today marks a day of promise and commitment for thousands of students and future generations who are part of GO EAST LA.  Through our collaborative efforts with East Los Angeles College and California State University, Los Angeles, we are ensuring that every student in East L.A. has access to college and higher learning opportunities upon graduating from high school.”

GO East LA was launched last year and is modeled after the successful Harlem Children's Zone initiative, which has helped thousands of children and families achieve success through innovative partnerships between schools, community organizations and private enterprise.

“We realize that academic success for our children relies on sustained engagement involving our schools, our business partners and our community based organizations,” said Guzman, who is also a Cal State L.A. professor. “GO East LA allows us to help prepare students for academic success, and to inform them and their parents of the affordable, accessible and outstanding college opportunities that are available just a short distance from their homes.”

Photo: Students received their GO East LA certficates of acceptance to Cal State L.A. and East Los Angeles College during an event at Brooklyn Avenue Elementary School. (Photo credit: Cal State L.A.)


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