VICTORVILLE, Calif. — Victor Valley College was amongst those chosen for the expansion of the NextUp program that’s being implemented at 15 additional California community colleges.
NextUp, known as CAFYES (Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support) gives current and former California foster youth extra support when pursuing their higher education goals at a local community college.
“Students in foster care often face a more challenging path to higher education than many of their peers,” Eloy Ortiz Oakley, California Community Colleges chancellor, said. “Expanding this important program to more colleges will give more foster youth the tools they need to succeed in college and help them accomplish their higher educational goals.”
NextUp was established through the enactment of Senate Bill 1023 (2014). Senate Bill 12 (2017) allows the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to expand the number of community college districts operating NextUp, depending on available funding.
NextUp promotes academic success by using an in-person, individual approach when offering support and services, including books and supplies, child care, counseling and career guidance, educational planning, emergency housing assistance, food assistance, health services, life skills, financial literacy, mental health services, transportation assistance and tutoring. Support and services vary by college.
More information can be found on the NextUp website, http://nextup.cccco.edu, including statewide resources for California foster youth to help them understand what NextUp offers and connect them with a NextUp program. The Student Services and Special Programs Division of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office administers NextUp.