Immigrant Info / Education

The Education Section contains the links to consortiums, educational resources, financial aid and information to aid Santa Clara County immigrants in continuing education. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

California makes first year of community college free
10/13/17 The first year of community college will be free for thousands of California students under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The signing announced Friday creates the "California College Promise" program. It waives course fees for a student's first year of classes. Students must apply for the fee waiver and take at least 12 credits per semester. Each unit now costs $46. The community college system estimates 19,000 students would be eligible for the fee waiver, which will cost the state about $31 million annually. Roughly 1.6 million of the system's 2.3 million students already receive other financial aid.

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Hungry to Learn: Assessing Food and Housing Insecurity in Undergraduates
12/15 A survey of 4000 students in 10 community colleges across the country showed half of the students are struggling with food and/or housing insecurity. Fully 20 percent are hungry and 13 percent are homeless. These numbers are startling and indicate the need for a multi-pronged, comprehensive set of institutional, state, and local policies to alleviate the barriers presented by poverty, so as to improve educational success.

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Building Welcoming Schools - A Guide for K-12 Educators
4/18 One of the first places that refugee and immigrant families have the opportunity connect with others is in schools. Ensuring refugee and immigrant students and their families feel welcome and accepted in their school environments is not only foundational for their academic success, but their longer-term economic and social success, as well. Welcoming Refugees has created this toolkit to offer schools and after school learning centers an easily accessible way to promote a welcoming school.

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CA Nonresident Tuition Exemptions for Refugees, Special Immigrant Visa holders, and Others
Effective January 1, 2018, Education Code section 68075.6 grants an exemption to nonresident tuition for: (1) Iraqi citizens or nationals (and their spouses and children) who were employed by or on behalf of the US Government in Iraq, and who meet certain criteria (2) translators (and their spouses and children) who worked directly with the US Armed Forces, and who meet certain criteria (3) refugees These exemptions only apply to those who settled in CA upon entering the United States. T and U visa holders are also exempt from nonresident tuition. Key Words: ALLIES5

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CA SB 68 Expands Eligibility for Undocumented In-State Tuition
10/5/17 SB 68 was signed into law, expanding eligibility established under existing law for undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition at California's public postsecondary institutions, to students who have completed 3 or more years of attendance or earned credits equivalent to three or more years of full-time credits at an elementary school, secondary school, adult school and/or CA Community College (CCC). Key Words: Education, Allies5

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California DREAM Act: A Financial Aid Guide for Undocumented Students
This document provides information on guidelines, eligibility and a list of state financial aid programs. Effective January 1, 2012, CA state law AB 130 gives colleges and universities the discretion to award institutional scholarships to qualifying undocumented Effective January 1, 2013, AB 131 allows qualifying undocumented students to receive state-based financial aid such as Cal Grants, State University Grants and Board of Governor's Fee Waivers. Updated April, 2015. Key Words: Post-secondary education, AB 540 , Dreamer, Scholarship, ALLIES5

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California Undocumented Students & Families: The Facts
Undocumented students between the ages of 6-18 not only have a right to attend school in California and school districts are not required to collect information regarding a student's immigration or legal status, ACSA (Assoc of CA School Administrators) and Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, leaders in education law, have created a fact sheet providing answers to key legal questions pertaining to undocumented students that may come up in light of potential changes at the federal level. | Spanish English |

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Coursera for Refugees
Coursera is an international on-line learning platform that offers free on-line classes from 140+ top universities and educational organizations. Non-profit organizations that work with refugees can apply to receive group financial aid packages, which include: 1) Free access to Coursera courses. 2) A recommended course list specifically for refugees. 3) Administrative features & support to best use Coursera. 4) A custom portal to connect with other nonprofits serving refugees. Key Words: ALLIES5

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DREAM Educational Empowerment Program (DEEP)
The DEEP program is run by United We Dream, a national advocacy organization that represents immigrant youth in 26 states. Its tuition equity map can help immigrant students quickly learn about their tuition rights on a state-by-state basis. DEEP also provides educators and parents with extensive guides about financial aid and tuition management. Key Words: Latino, Advocacy, Education, Dreamers, Scholarships, Financial Aid

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Guaranteed admission for California community college students at private universities
7/26/18 Students at California's community colleges are about to get more options for earning a bachelor's degree in four years. Community college students in the state who complete the requirements for what's known as an Associate Degree for Transfer will be guaranteed admission as juniors at three dozen private, nonprofit colleges in California as early as next school year, the system's chancellor's office announced. Key Words: ALLIES5

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How to Support Undocumented College Bound Students - Parent Guide
This Guide from E4FC (Educators for Fair Consideration) offers advice to parents on educational possibilities, costs, advantages, Spanish

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Immigration crackdown taking heavy toll on California students
9/28/17 The Trump administration's crackdown on immigrants is having a chilling effect in California's classrooms, with schools reporting increased absenteeism and students having difficulty concentrating, even crying in class, teachers and administrators said. "We may see it all as rhetoric and posturing, but I've witnessed kids from elementary school to college level stressed out and traumatized," said Alejandra Acuna, an assistant professor at Cal State Northridge who studies trauma among urban youth. "We've got 8-year-olds worried their parents will have to go back to Mexico. I saw one student literally crying in the elevator. If you're undocumented, it's not just rhetoric - it's about survival."

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MALDEF SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCE GUIDE - 2017-2018
The MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide is a free, informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators with an extensive list of scholarships, including many that do not inquire about immigration status. Key Words: Directory, Financial Aid, Education, Latino, Hispanic, ALLIES5 Multi-language: Spanish

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Mountain View Working Scholars
3/28/17 Mountain View Working Scholars is providing anyone who lives or works in Mountain View a special opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree for no cost and in a flexible online learning format that fits into the busy life of a working adult. Key Words: Scholarship,, Education, Financial Aid

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Partnerships Between Community Colleges And Immigrant-Serving Organizations
October, 2016 research by the Aspen Institute Workforce Strategies Initiative (AspenWSI). In 2015, Immigrants comprised 16.7 percent of the total labor force, Yet many immigrants lack the education and English language skills needed to succeed in today's economy. About 30 percent lack a high school diploma or equivalent, and about half of the country's immigrant population is considered Limited English Proficient (LEP). Given these numbers, it would seem that improving immigrants' access to education, skillbuilding opportunities, and employment options would be a national priority. However, this is not the case,

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SJCC Dreamer's Resource Booklet For Transferring to a University of California (UC)
This 2017 booklet was designed to help AB540/DACA students find the appropriate contact information for the universities they are applying to. In this booklet you will find information regarding: · DREAM Centers (not all campuses have one) · Financial Aid Resources · Student run organizations that provide support for AB540/DACA students · Contact information for administrators equipped to answer students questions · Scholarship website links

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Sanctuary Campus Map
National map of campuses that have petitioned for protecting vulnerable populations or where university administration has provided some commitment. Key Words: Post-Election, Positive

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Scholarship Opportunities for Minority Students
An excellent site from Collegestats.org, with information to encourage and assist minority students to seek and apply for scholarships. It has many useful links (such as a list of scholarships by minority- African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, gay/bisexual/transgender, woman). Key Words: Education, Financial Aid, LGBT, ALLIES5

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South Bay Consortium for Adult Education (SBCAE).
The SBCAE is a consortium of 4 Adult Education and 4 Community Colleges in the South of Santa Clara County. Focusing on the needs of adult education students, the consortium seeks other community partnerships and connections to explore expansion and innovation in adult education services in the region. Working with transparency and inclusion with all stakeholders, SBCAE is committed to ideas, decisions and practices that anticipate the future needs for adult learners in the region.

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Students perform better at schools offering extra services on campus
6/7/17 Schools that offer dental care, mental health counseling, food assistance and other services have a significant and measurable positive impact on student achievement, according to research released this week by the Learning Policy Institute and the National Education Policy Center. Schools that collaborate with nonprofits and government agencies to provide extra on-campus services in many cases showed increases in attendance, graduation rates and academic achievement, especially in math and reading.

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UC won't assist federal agents in immigration actions against students
11/30/16 The University of California announced sweeping actions Wednesday to protect its students who came into the country illegally, saying it would refuse to assist federal immigration agents, turn over confidential records without court orders or supply information for any national registry based on race, national origin or religion. Key Words: Post-Election, Positive

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Understanding the School Sanctuary and Safe Zone Movement - a Guide for Educators
This Guide from E4FC (now Immigrants Rising) outlines the purpose and need for school safe zones, some of the legal considerations, and tools and resources to get started.

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Untapped Talent: The Costs of Brain Waste among Highly Skilled Immigrants in the US
12/16 Migration Policy Report - Nearly 2 million immigrants with college degrees in the US. 1 out of every 4 are relegated to low-skilled jobs or unable to find work. This skill underutilization (often referred to as brain waste) comes at a significant cost to families and the U.S. economy: College-educated immigrants employed in low-skilled work miss out on more than $39 billion in wages. And as a result, federal, state, and local governments lose out on more than $10 billion in unrealized tax receipts, according to this study, which offers the first-ever estimates of the economic costs of brain waste.

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Workforce Institute
For more than 25 years, the Workforce Institute has promoted Santa Clara County's economic vitality by providing customized workforce solutions that enable individuals to enhance employability and organizations to achieve business goals. In partnership with Evergreen Valley College and San Jose City College, the Workforce Institute is a primary learning and development resource for individuals, public agencies, and business partners to develop workforce skills. Member of the SBCAE (South Bay Consortium of Adult Education). Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese Key Words: ALLIES1, ALLIES5, Sparkpoint

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Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
APIASF provides scholarships to underserved AAPI students with a special focus on those who: Live at or below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status; are the first in their families to attend college; are representative of the AAPI community's diversity, especially those ethnicities that have been underrepresented on college campuses due to limited access and opportunity; and have placed strong emphasis on community service and leadership. Key Words: Post-Secondary Education, Financial Aid

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Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program
Each year the Chicana Latina Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to Latina college students, valued at $1,500 dollars each. Recipients must have lived for at least 2 years in one of these Bay Area Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma or Yolo. Recipients must commit to attending the CLF Leadership Institute twice and volunteering 10 hours for CLF after being selected. Key Words: University, College, Higher Education, Financial Aid, ALLIES5, ALLIES8

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College Guide for Undocumented Students
A well-researched, extensive resource on the options and restrictions undocumented students face. The goal of the guide is to educate those with an undocumented status; it's also intended to inform teachers, family members or friends of undocumented students about the struggles these students face and the support they so badly need. Key Word: Education

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Financial Aid for Minority Students
A collection of grants and scholarships for minority students including: Women, Latinos / Hispanics, Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, African Americans and International Students. Key Words: Education, scholarships, ALLIES5

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North Santa Clara County Student Transition Consortium (NSCCSTC)
NSCCSTC is a partnership effort between the Foothill-De Anza Community College District (FHDA), Palo Alto Adult School (PAUSD), Fremont Union High School District Adult School (FUHSD) and the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult School (MVLA). Our collective mission is to coordinate and integrate programs, create linkages, and develop regional plans to better serve the educational needs of adults in the region. Service area: Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and portions of San Jose.

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Opportunity Fund
Matching grants to save for college, vocational school, or emergencies. Also financial counseling, resources to help with credit, budgeting, loans, and more. Serving Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

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PD Soros Fellowships for New Americans
To apply for the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans programs, you must be a New American who is 30 or younger as of the application deadline, and who is pursuing a graduate degree full-time in the US. Applicants may apply to the Fellowship at the same time that they are applying for graduate school, or after they are already enrolled in graduate school. Key Words: Scholarship, University, College, grant, financial aid, immigrant, Education, immigrants

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Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students
BestColleges.com has identified some of the unique challenges faced by Latinos who are increasingly heading for higher education. Information on scholarships and how to fill in application forms for aid. Financial Aid and state tuitions for Undocumented Students, links to directories of scholarships, and a list of scholarships specifically for Hispanic students. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Education, ALLIES5

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Student Loan Repayment (Options, Pitfalls, Scams, Resources)
2018 This Consumer Action News issue covers topics now being debated before Congress and at the U.S. Department of Education. There could be programmatic changes forthcoming. Check back for the latest updates. Report on Federal and Private Student Loans, payment options and resources, pitfalls, payment calculator and more. Key Words: Financial Aid, ALLIES1, ALLIES8

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Toolkit for ESL Professionals Supporting Highly Skilled Immigrants
High-skilled immigrants need assistance in transferring their skills to the U.S. labor market. In particular, they call for integrated, contextualized language and job training programs that help immigrants navigate the local job markets. In subsequent chapters of this manual, we will introduce you to ESL curricula, model programs and best practices that do that. Key Words: Education, Professional

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Big Future Scholarship Search
College Board's Free Scholarship Search. Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion. Scholarship information is based on the College Board's Annual Survey of Financial Aid Programs. Enter your personal information to find the most matches. Key Words: Education, Directory, ALLIES5

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CCCApply.org
CCCApply.org is your online gateway to the California Community Colleges. Each year at our 113 colleges, 2.1 million students from all over the world build their career skills, prepare for transfer to four-year colleges and universities, or simply enrich their lives through learning. Choose a college, connect to application process, explore financial aid. Key Words: Education, scholarship, directory, ALLIES5

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College Guide for Students With Learning Disabilities
Although the Americans with Disabilities Act requires every university and college to have a disability office. This page on BestColleges.com describes some of the most common accommodations that might be available, enabling students to attend classes, complete coursework, and undertake exams in a way that suits them best. While 94 percent of high school students with learning disabilities get some kind of help, just 17 percent of college students do. Key Words: Education, ALLIES5

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DACA Scholars
DACA Scholars is the connection between undocumented college students and scholarship opportunities, with a complete list of: 1. Scholarships 2. Immigration news 3. Videos 4. Push notifications 5. Tips on applying for scholarships 6. Bilingual information and much more! You will receive notification when scholarships open and reminders before their deadline, as well as immigration news. Key Words: ALLIES5

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DREAMer's Roadmap - Scholarship Map
Dreamers Roadmap is a national non profit app that helps undocumented students find scholarships to go to college. For years undocumented students have struggled more than permanent residents or citizen students in everyday situations. But when senior year of high school comes around it becomes one of the hardest years for an undocumented student. This is the year when most students find out that they don't qualify for FAFSA and the majority of scholarships. Our tool will equip DREAMers to realize their full potential. Key Words: Financial Aid

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Hispanic Scholarship Fund
HSF has distributed over $470 million in scholarships, granting 5,100 awards each year. The scholarship application period begins on January 1 every year. The awards, which range from $1,000 to $15,000, are granted in collaboration with several other organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola and AT&T. Key Words: Latino, ALLIES5 Spanish

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ICE-Raids-Educators-Guide - Protect & Prepare Youth and Families
6/16 tools and resources to help protect and prepare youth and families in case of an immigration and customs enforcement (ice) raid. This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the US. It's critically important that educators, school support staff and service providers know the tools and resources available to help protect and prepare youth and families for an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid.

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Immigrants Rising (previously Educators For Fair Consideration (E4FC)
Immigrants Rising works to empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal scholarships, outreach presentations, educational guides and resource links. Immigrants Rising also provides resources, knowledge and financial support for immigrant entrepreneurs, regardless of legal status, at any stage of their journey. Key Words: DACA, Dreamers, undocumented, financial aid, SF Bay Area, SCC, ALLIES5

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Occupational Training Institute (OTI)
The mission of the OTI Foothill-DeAnza Community College District is to prepare socio-economically disadvantaged students with high-quality employment services including counseling and advisement, career education, job placement and retention services while concurrently providing employers with qualified employees. Multi-language: Spanish , Vietnamese

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Open Education Consortium
We are a global network of educational institutions, individuals and organizations that support an approach to education based on collective development and use of open educational materials. Open Education combines the traditions of knowledge sharing and creation with 21st century technology to create a vast pool of openly shared educational resources, while harnessing today's collaborative spirit to develop educational approaches that are more responsive to learner's needs. The Open Education Consortium is a non-profit, social benefit organization registered in the US and operating worldwide.

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Opportunity Youth Academy (OYA)
The Opportunity Youth Academy offers Santa Clara County students a blended program of teacher-directed instruction and online credit accrual and recovery options. The individualized support of teachers, counselors, navigators, liaisons and access to the services of SCCOE partners from community-based organizations is the hallmark of this unique program. The focus is ensuring that students leave the program with a high school diploma, and a path to college or career. The classes satisfy admission requirements for CA public universities and military service. Offices in: Milpitas, Gilroy, and San Jose Key Words: mental health, juvenile justice, ALLIES5

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Partners in Reading (PAR)
Free one-to-one and small group tutoring for adults whose reading or writing skills are below the 9th grade level (any immigration status). and speak / understand conversational English. Tutoring is provided at the MLK Library or another public site in San Jose. Free Beginning and Intermediate ESL classes are offered. Key Words: Family Literacy, Computer Literacy, Immigrant Integration, Education. ALLIES2, ALLIES6 Language: Spanish Area Served: San Jose, CA

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SCCOE Public Schools Directory
the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) Public Schools Directory provides quick access to our county's schools districts and schools, community colleges, and SCCOE staff and programs.

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Safety Tips for Kids, Teens & Adults
Kidpower has produced free downloadable checklists of Safety Tips to teach Kids, Teens & Adults how to be safe from abuse, bullying, harassment, assault, and other violence. Languages: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Tagolog

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SparkPoint Multi-Service Center
SparkPoint offers integrated services to help people end the cycle of poverty through free job coaching and training, education and financial literacy. The program is available to students, alumni, and qualifying low income public at the Workforce Inst in San Jose, through all SBCAE members. Key Words: Allies1, Allies5

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Prosperity Through Partnership: Opportunities for AEBG to Strengthen Systems and Communities - Repor
6/17 The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) released an important report on the progress of California's adult education reform - the AEBG initiative that was responsible for the founding of the SBCAE. The report, makes important recommendations about how the reform can best be achieved. Required reading for those who care about public adult education in California.

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