Student Success Stories

PHOTO: Jen Caballero

Jen Caballero

With a strong academic record and a 4.0 GPA, Jen would have been a strong candidate for UC Berkeley, but she never even thought about applying. As a first-generation student with Mexican and Choctaw heritage, she didn’t feel she would belong at Berkeley. Instead she started school at UC Davis, but dropped out and landed at De Anza Community College, where she came into contact with CEP’s Transfer...Read more
PHOTO: Rosie Hernandez

Rosie Hernandez

Although Rosie grew up in Berkeley, the University could not have felt further away. In high school, she became aware of CEP’s Upward Bound program and it was through their mentoring, advice, and help that UC Berkeley became part of her future. Upward Bound helped Rosie prepare with SAT preparation, tutoring, summer courses, and application and financial aid support. Rosie made the leap to attend...Read more