College & Alumni Program (CAP)
The CAP office is currently closed. However, all CAP staff are working remotely and can be reached by email or phone. All meetings with College Coaches and Financial Services Coordinators continue to be held virtually.
According to the National Student Clearinghouse, college completion within six years of high school graduation for students from high-poverty schools is only 21%. This was compared to low-poverty high schools where students were more than twice as likely to earn a degree within six years of high school graduation (53%). With support from financial services coordinators and one-one-coaching, 86% of CAP students are on track to graduate within six years (projections are based on transcript data indicating units earned toward graduation) and early graduation data shows a more than a 50% average college graduation rate for our students.
CAP is a college success program that provides financial literacy training, one-to-one college coaching, and need-based scholarship funding for nearly 700 low-income and underserved students. CAP serves Making Waves Academy high school graduates, CAP Bay Area recipients, and students from the former Making Waves Education Program. CAP commits to coaching our students, who we call Wave-Makers, to graduate from college as quickly and with as little debt as possible while equipping them with the skills and experiences needed to be competitive contributors to the global workforce.
Each year, we provide our students with:
Need-based scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 per year
All eligible CAP & CAP Bay Area students receive access to a need-based scholarship to ensure that our Wave-Makers are not kept out of higher education due to financial barriers.
One-to-one college coaching
CAP coaches guide students through the process of college preparation, academic and personal success in college, and life after graduation. They work individually with students to create an annual plan centered on goal setting in six areas: academics, communications and connection, professional development, time management and organization, wellness, and financial management.
Personal financial coordinators
The financial services team helps students with college selection, financial planning and literacy, developing budgets, completing financial aid forms, and graduating from college with limited and manageable debt.
Professional networking opportunities, internships, and workshops
CAP hosts alumni mixers throughout the year and promotes opportunities to meet professionals in various industries to ensure students remain connected to a community of peers and create a broad professional network.
Giving back to the community
CAP provides opportunities for Wave-Makers to volunteer at annual community service days and mentor younger students.
College coaching after graduation
CAP coaches continue to support students in four core areas: careers (finding a job after college and pursuing professional growth), academics (earning a postgraduate degree), finances (creating a budget and managing finances), and life skills (navigating life after college).
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