Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy

First Advisor

Susan Osorio


There is a sole focus on student academic advancement at Monterey High School (MHS) that supported students to transition into higher education rigor. But it has been seen that today’s students are challenged by a lack of important life skills when they when they enter the university. The MHS AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination Program) is a college readiness program designed to help students develop skills needed to be successful in college including; writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills. However, the program doesn’t cover curriculum to prepare for job experience, financial responsibility, mental health and more. The Beyond the Degree: Student Success Workshop Series is an educational intervention program created to teach the importance of financial management and time management in college. This included two PowerPoint presentations; group activities and a panelist of current college students for the AVID class any questions about the college experience. After project implementation, students were educated on college course scheduling, developed a budget plan for their first year and gained a new sense of what life will be like in their first year. In regards to Monterey High School, future students will appreciate curriculum implemented on these topics in order for their personal lives and academics to thrive.

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