Special Academic Programs
The UMOJA-AFFIRM (Academic Force for Inspiration, Retention and Matriculation) Program’s philosophy is that the classroom experience must be rewarding to students, and that they should be exposed to and/or involved in a variety of specialized learning strategies in supportive learning environments. The major focus of the UMOJA-AFFIRM Program is to assist students in developing positive self-images as successful college students while providing them with the opportunity to acquire a solid foundation of basic skills in a supportive environment.
The UMOJA-AFFIRM program is an academic program and offers basic skills courses that include ENGL 330, ENGL 104 , MATH 111, and MATH 013. Transfer level courses include COUNS 015 (transferable to CSUs only), CHEM 015, ENGL 001A, and POLSC 001. All courses offered will enhance success and progress towards the desired goal..
The UMOJA-AFFIRM Program, although specifically designed for African-American students, also serves all students who desire the nurturing services that are offered by the program, regardless of race.
The overall goal of the UMOJA-AFFIRM Program is to provide academic and personal assistance that will significantly increase graduation and transfer rates of all students in the program.
UMOJA-AFFIRM Program Admissions Criteria
Students who are admitted to the UMOJA-AFFIRM Program must be at the English 322/330 level (Reading and Writing Level 1); at-level placements can be determined through the placement test scores and/or a writing sample. The UMOJA-AFFIRM counselor is responsible for screening students who enroll in the UMOJA-AFFIRM Program. Students who are not at the English 322/330 levels will be placed in other appropriate classes, and will be eligible to use all other UMOJA-AFFIRM services, such as counseling, tutoring, book loans, scholarships, etc.
- Academic Counseling
A counselor is assigned to work specifically with all UMOJA-AFFIRM students. Academic counseling makes it possible for each student to discuss and explore options about their future goals and to develop an educational plan that maps the route by listing courses in sequence that will assist them to attain their goals.
Students receive one-on-one assistance with their course work with experienced tutors. This service provides students with the encouragement and support needed to succeed; it has significantly contributed to the increased retention rate of UMOJA-AFFIRM students.
- Scholarships and book loans
These are made available to assist as many students as possible. The two UMOJA-AFFIRM scholarships are awarded in spring semester only. The UMOJA-AFFIRM Program also offers book loans for both fall and spring semesters.
For office hours and information, call the UMOJA-AFFIRM Program (AC-130) at (408) 274-7900 ext. 6853, or visit online at http://www.evc.edu/academics/special-academic-programs/UMOJA-AFFIRM
The ASPIRE (Asian/Pacific Islander Resources for Excellence) Program is designed to enhance the academic and personal success of Asian/Pacific Islander students, utilizing the commitment and skills of faculty, staff, and mentors. The program welcomes all students, regardless of their age, gender, or ethnic background, who may benefit from the nurturing services this program offers.
The ASPIRE Program offers courses in Communication Studies, English, Ethnic Studies, History, Math, and Political Science. Success in these courses will provide the foundation for student achievement of academic and career goals. These courses employ culture-specific course materials and learning strategies.
The key support components of the ASPIRE Program are culturally sensitive tutoring, counseling, mentoring, book loan and scholarship opportunities. ASPIRE tutoring helps students succeed in their courses.
For office hours and additional information, please contact the ASPIRE Office at (408) 274-7900, ext. 6227 or visit our website at http://www.evc.edu/academics/special-academic-programs/aspire.
The Enlace Program is designed to help Chican@/Latin@ students succeed. The goals of Enlace are:
- Enroll and retain Chican@/Latin@ students.
- Enable Chican@/Latin@ students to successful completion of the academic core (English, math, and science).
- Guide Chican@/Latin@ students effectively through the mainstream of transfer and occupational courses in a timely manner.
- Provide a positive academic experience that helps students to achieve their maximum potential.
Latin@ community professionals contribute to the program as mentors; serving as role models; sharing their personal academic, and career experiences; and providing guidance and motivation for the students.
Three student organizations help students succeed academically, contribute to the campus and community, and develop leadership skills: the Enlace Student Association (ESA), the Enlace Honors Society (EHS), and SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences).
The Enlace office is located in Acacia (AE-142). For office hours and more information, contact the Enlace Program Coordinator at (408) 274-7900, ext. 6598, or visit our website at http://www.evc.edu/academics/special-academic-programs/enlace.
The Evergreen Valley College Honors Program serves high achieving students in all majors and interests on our campus by:
- Allowing Honors Credit by way of individual class contracts with the instructor, which must be approved by the coordinator.
- Awarding of yearly scholarships to active Honors students.
- Providing specialized counseling.
- Providing priority registration privileges which allow active, qualified Honors students to register early.
- Acknowledging Honors work both on student’s transcripts and at Graduation.
- Inviting all Honors students to participate in campus events, and to use the Honors office for homework, meetings, and other gatherings.
- Encouraging Honors students to provide 5 hours of volunteer service to the campus each semester.
New and incoming students must accrue 12 units of college credit at Evergreen Valley College and achieve a GPA of at least 3.25 before they qualify for the Honors Program. Applications are processed by checking the student’s GPA, then informing the student by mail or email of acceptance. Within one semester following admittance, each Honors student must submit to the Honors Program Office at least one signed contract from an Evergreen Valley College instructor. The contract must contain a minimum of two of the Honors course criteria, be approved as meeting program standards, be academic in nature and from a transfer level class, and be completed with a grade submitted by the end of the semester. The contract submitted to the Honors Program Office must stipulate the course, the number of units, the instructor, and the Honors project the student will complete in order to remain an Honors student in good standing and an active member of the Honors program, which allows the students to be eligible for priority registration. Students also need to complete 5 hours of community service each semester in order to retain priority registration
Please consider this opportunity if you are a serious student who wants to stand out as exceptional; this continuous academic support during your undergraduate education can make a difference now and when you transfer.
Handouts and information are always available in the office, and the hours of staffing are posted. For more information, contact the Program Coordinator at (408) 274-7900, ext. 6566, visit the office in RE 206, or see our website at http://www.evc.edu/academics/special-academic-programs/honors
Honors at Graduation
Graduation with “President’s Honors” is granted to graduating students who earn a 4.00 grade point average in all units attempted, both transfer and District. “Graduation with Honors” is granted to graduating students who earn an overall grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99 for all transfer and District units attempted. Students with P/NP grades earned after the 04-05 academic year should be aware that they may not be able to convert P/NP to letter grades to determine honors eligibility at graduation (pending board policy revision and Title 5 regulations).
Service Learning and Public Service Program
EVC Service-Learning and Public Service program prepares students for lifelong civic and social responsibilities in an increasingly diverse global society. Our Service-Learning program works closely with faculty members across disciplines, to create service opportunities that enhance greater understanding of the curriculum and integrates students’ services with classroom instruction and their lives. Additional benefits for students includes:
- An interactive, high-quality educational learning experience
- Development of critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Opportunities for personal reflection and growth
- Knowledge of community issues and non-profit organizations
- Experience working with people of diverse cultures
- Enhance transfer applications, scholarships and resumes
- Opportunities to explore careers
- Increase confidence and self-esteem
- Opportunity to qualify for President’s Volunteer Service Award
- Certificate of Completion from EVC College President
- Notation of Service on official transcript
- Opportunities to make a difference in the world
- Meet community service requirements in certain majors
To find out more about this exciting program, visit our website at http://www.evc.edu/academics/special-academic-programs/service-learning-public-service or the Center for Service-Learning and Public Service, in Acacia A4-224, or call us at 408-223-6770.