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.

1 in 8 children in California schools have an undocumented parent
4/23/17 Undocumented children as well as U.S. citizen children with undocumented relatives have experienced heightened anxieties for several years as a result of deportation policies begun under President George W. Bush and tightened ones under President Barack Obama. But according to school officials, those anxieties have reached new heights since Donald Trump's inauguration, with possible consequences on their ability to focus on school work, the willingness of parents to attend school events, or even to bring their children to school.
Basic education in Spanish offered to adults at Campbell schools
May 5, 2017 When some native Spanish-speaking parents of Rosemary Elementary School found themselves struggling to help their children with homework or read translated public documents, they asked school administrators for help. In response, the Campbell elementary and high school districts spent roughly a year working to bring a program created by the Mexican government and various organizations that offers a chance for Spanish-speaking adults in the community to forge ahead in their educational careers in the realms of literature, math and science. Both school districts are enrolling adults in Plazas Comunitarias, a free program where they can earn primary and secondary certificates of completion that are equivalent to middle and high school educations,
CA 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 | 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
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
Career Online High School (COHS) - SJPL
The San Jose Public Library (SJPL) is offering a limited number of free scholarships to qualified adult learners (of any immigration status) who speak English, live in San Jose, and have completed at least 8th grade. Earn an accredited high school diploma and a career certificate in one of 8 high-demand fields. Students work with an academic coach, certified teachers, career mentor, and graduate with a high school diploma, resume, cover letter, and other tools to start or advance their careers. Keu Word: GED
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.
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
Gavilan Fresh Success Program
Fresh Success is a new CalFresh Employment and Training program that provides services to CalFresh recipients at the Community College level. Gavilan College is one of two colleges in the state participating in this program. Fresh Success provides the following services to its participants: * Textbook vouchers *Transportation Assistance * Parking Permits *Emergency Housing * Cap & Gowns * Fingerprinting & TB test * Ed-plan & Career assessment & development *CalFresh Application & Renewal Assistance Eligibility: Santa Clara County resident, Gavilan student receiving CalFresh benefits (not on CalWORKs), and enrolled in an approved program or course. For more information contact Olga Rodriguez or Litricia Garcia at (408) 852-2838 or email
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
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.
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,
Mt. View Teen Center
A FREE facility for all Mountain View and Los Altos 6th - 12th grade students! Supervised by trained staff, offers a variety of teen programming, including recreational and educational classes, special events, resources, and drop-in activities for teens to participate in. Activities will surround the arts, including various art mediums, music, and dance; health and fitness, including both emotional and physical health, fitness classes, sports; culinary arts, including cooking classes and tastings; education and career and college resources, including tutoring and study space. Key Words: Youth, Children, North County
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
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,
Safe Zone Sample School Board Resolutions
From the National Education Association: School Board members can use these documents as templates or as guidance to create inclusive and strong resolutions advocating for immigrant students in their districts. Key Words: Teacher Resource
San Jose launches scholarships to offer free college to low-income students
3/9/17 Mayor Sam Liccardo and community college leaders unveiled the San Jose Promise program Wednesday, which will cover two years of community college costs  tuition, fees, books, materials and transportation  for up to 800 students. Evergreen and West Valley will launch new scholarships  expected to help 500 students  while West Valley will expand an existing grant program that provides free tuition to graduating high school students. Key Word: Education,
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
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.
SparkPoint Multi-Service Center Launched at the Evergreen Community College Workforce Institute
In 2016 the United Way Bay Area (UWBA) and Texas Instruments launched the SparkPoint program, in collaboration with the SBCAE (South Bay Coalition of Adult Education). SparkPoint offers integrated services to help people end the cycle of poverty through free job coaching and training, education and financial literacy. The program will be available to students, alumni, and qualifying low income public through all SBCAE member locations.
Student Loan Recertification and Debt Reduction
8/17/16 If you're having trouble affording your federal student loan payments, getting enrolled in an income-driven repayment plan may be an important first step to staying on the road to repayment. These plans help you get a payment you can afford. The most common income-driven repayment plans are Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay As You Earn (PAYE). Each year, borrowers in income-driven repayment plans are required to prove (recertify) that they still qualify for an affordable monthly payment. Key Words: Post-Secondary Education, Financial Aid,
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.
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
Understanding Refugee Upward Mobility in the Context of Resettlement
4/2016 A 2.5 year study on refugee integration and the obstacles to self-sufficiency. The data suggests that without additional support including intensive and intentional ESL, affordable housing, skill training, or opportunities to capitalize on preexisting skills, it can take 13-15 years to reach living-wages. Moreover, these refugees often have to supplement their income with long periods of government financial support or engage in negative and potentially dangerous strategies in order to get by.
Understanding the School Sanctuary and Safe Zone Movement - a Guide for Educators
This Guide from E4FC (Educators for Fair Consideration) outlines the purpose and need for school safe zones, some of the legal considerations, and tools and resources to get started.
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.
With the best of intentions, a California rule leads to dropouts and splits families
7/17/17 California under Gov. Pat Brown in the 1960s built housing for migrant farmworkers, who too often would have no place to sleep after toiling in the fields. Today, 24 housing centers, located from Williams at this end of the Central Valley to Arvin at the south end, house 10,000 farmworkers,. But an obscure regulation is disrupting the education of the children of migrant farmworkers, and splitting families up. It says that workers have to move 50 miles or more from the housing center to be eligible to reside there the following year.
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
3/28/17 On February 15th, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers conducted a raid in Las Cruces, arresting people at a trailer park on the outskirts of town. The raid came a few weeks after President Trump signed two executive orders, signalling his plans to fulfill a campaign promise of cracking down on undocumented immigrants. On February 16th, a Thursday, Las Cruces's public schools saw a sixty-per-cent spike in absences compared to the previous week - twenty-one hundred of the district's twenty-five thousand students missed school.
Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of AAPI students by providing them with resources that increase their access to higher education. 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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Rahime Foundation
Rahima Foundation is a SF Bay Area currently providing services that include: Monthly Food Distribution (basic non-perishable foods), scholarships to qualifying graduating high school students, and tuition assistance to selected students, Referrals for family counseling & employment, Human Dignity Day (For Homeless), and Used cars to those in need based upon availability.
Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students 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
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
Act on a Dream - Database of Scholarships Available to Immigrants (including Undocumented)
Harvard College Act on a Dream is a student-led, student-run organization at Harvard College dedicated to eradicating the barriers that immigrant students face in realizing their full potential. This database lists scholarships available to immigrants, including undocumented students.
Bilingual education is making a comeback in CA
11/22/16 LA Times - Proposition 58, which cruised to an early victory on election night with 73% of the vote, overhauls English-only instruction in California, granting public schools more power over their own bilingual and multilingual programs. To many educators, the move is a symbolic reversal of what they say was a discriminatory policy that required Latino immigrant children to speak and learn only in English and failed to prepare all students for a global economy. But the measure does not require schools to create new courses or curricula. It simply gives them permission to do so if they so choose. Key Word: Spanish
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, Spanish
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.
National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME)
NAME is a non-profit organization that advances and advocates for equity and social justice through multicultural education. NAME's membership encompasses the spectrum of professional educators and specialists. Persons affiliated with teacher education, ethnic studies, ESL and bilingual education, social science, anthropology, liberal and fine arts programs, and other departments, colleges, and schools with an emphasis on multiculturalism are also encouraged to become members. Key Words: Instructor Resource
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
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.
Partners in Reading
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. Language: Spanish Area Served: San Jose, CA
Refugee Transitions (RT)
Refugee Transitions is the only nonprofit agency in the San Francisco Bay Area that arranges English language and civics classes at community sites. We hire qualified teachers, assess students using the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS), and develop our curriculum to meet the needs of the newcomer student population.  The new Women's Initiative is based on RT's innovative parent/tot class, which focuses on education for both mothers and their preschool-aged children. The class includes multilingual, culturally sensitive assistance by female community leaders. These leaders, as well as the childcare assistants, are hired from within the communities that we serve, which include forcibly displaced populations from Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen. Key Words: ESL
San Jose City College Named one of the Nation's Top 25 Colleges for Latinos
May 14, 2015 SAN JOSE, Calif.,  Latino Magazine, a national publication based in Austin, Texas, has named San José City College (SJCC) one of the country's top 25 colleges for Latinos. The publication cited SJCC as a "world-class institution" located in the heart of Silicon Valley, known around the world as the center for innovation in technology and research. SJCC, the only community college, in California, represented on the list, was accompanied by other reputable institutions such as Stanford University, UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC Davis. Key Words: Post Secondary Education
South Bay schools guard against Trump-inspired raids, hate
1/17/17 SAN JOSE Worried about possible increase in deportations, efforts to register Muslims, and a growing climate of harassment, Bay Area school districts have rushed to declare their campuses safe zones for the diverse families they serve. On Wednesday, 14 groups including the South Bay's largest school districts and labor unions will join immigrant-rights advocates to announce school safe zones and explain the need for them. Key Words: Sanctuary, student
The Trump Effect: The Impact of the Presidential Campaign on Our Nation's Schools
4/13/16 Report by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that the campaign is producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. Many students worry about being deported. Key Words: Mental Health, Stress
U.S.A. Learns
This Free multi-media program was created by the Sacramento Office of Education to help American adults get the basic skills they need to be productive workers, family members, and citizens. These programs emphasize basic skills such as reading, writing, math, English language competency and problem-solving. Key Words: ESL, Teacher and Student Resource