Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Andrea Cisneros


This capstone project was implemented for the Gear Up and college preparedness program located at the local Seaside High School. Gear Up serves 10th grade students at seaside high school. Most of the students served come from low-income families, from minority groups and are considered first generation college students. The problem addressed by the capstone is that too many Seaside High students are not applying for Community College, CSUs and UC’s. The project consisted of collaborating with Seaside High staff including teachers, administration and counselors to include college preparedness instruction as part of the existing curriculum to increase the number of Seaside High students attending higher education after graduating High School. Recommendations for Gear Up program include conducting formal training for Seaside Staff on College readiness material. Host Monthly or Bi-monthyl meetings between Gear Up and Seaside Staff on Progress. Organize Pre and Post Surveys with students involved to see if progress is being made.