School of Unlimited Learning
Fresno EOC School of Unlimited Learning (SOUL) held its 23rd Commencement Ceremony, graduating 32 high school seniors. We are very proud of each of the graduates and want to wish all the best in their future endeavors. This year’s graduating class looks forward to careers in business management, firefighting, health, law enforcement, the military, psychology, social work, special education, and technology.
Of the 32 graduates, 30 have applied to post-secondary institutions and 28 have completed registration in post-secondary programs. Twenty-five of these students are pre-enrolled for classes in the Fall 2021 semester. Four graduates received scholarships from the Cultural Arts Rotary of Fresno.
Despite what some might consider adversity, SOUL students are compelled to succeed through any obstacles before them. Sixteen students held jobs during the senior year, and three graduates are teen parents. Many of our students see others’ success as inspiration to them, including one of our graduates who is the son of a SOUL teen parent graduate from 2006!
Each SOUL graduate also received a backpack with supplies, prepared and donated by the SOUL Interact Club, and a $100 gift card from an anonymous donor.
For more information on SOUL, please click here visit the SOUL webpage.
YouthBuild Charter High School of California
Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps’ YouthBuild Charter High School of California (YCSC) held its 14th Commencement Ceremony, graduating 16 seniors. YCSC is designed to meet the needs of students who come from low-income families and underserved communities and have previously left or been pushed out of the traditional school system without a diploma.
Each graduate received signed certificates from U.S. Representative Jim Costa, State Senator Anna Caballero, State Assembly Representative Joaquin Arambula, and the City of Fresno’s Mayor, Jerry Dyer, and city council members.
As part of this great day, a husband and wife received their diplomas together as their 4-year-old daughter watched on and cheered. One graduate, who moved to Georgia, came back just so he could walk in the ceremony. We couldn’t be prouder of each of the YCSC graduates and wish them all the best in their futures.
We are pleased to announce that the following YCSC seniors and 2020-21 graduates have been selected to receive the Education Is Forever Scholarship this year:
- Benito Cortez of Fresno
- Julian Vazquez of Fresno
- Samuel Ramos of Fresno
These students demonstrated that, even through the most difficult circumstances, they were able to rise to the challenge and pursue their dreams of going to college.
This summer, these students will all be paired with a mentor and participate in Summer Bridge Sessions. Once they start college, “Huddle Up” sessions will be offered every 4-6 weeks to check in on progress and request support if needed. Each will receive their first $500 scholarship check after completing the Summer Bridge program and their second $500 check after they complete their first semester of college.
For more information on YCSC, please click here visit the YCSC webpage.