City Offers Automatic Admission to Graduating Seniors
For the first time, every graduating senior in West Sacramento is getting a college acceptance letter. Thanks to a new initiative launched by the City of West Sacramento, in cooperation with Washington Unified School District (WUSD) and Sacramento City College (SCC), all high school seniors graduating from WUSD are being guaranteed their admission to SCC.
“Imagine no one in your family has ever gone to college and you open up an envelope with a letter of admission and a scholarship award,” said Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, who added, “this groundbreaking effort will make it just as simple to go from high school to college as it is to go from kindergarten to first grade.”
This first-of-its-kind program is part of the City’s broader West Sacramento Home Run, which is comprised of: (1) high-quality preschool and a college savings account; (2) paid career-related summer internships and digital badges; and, (3) the West Sacramento College Promise and college scholarships.
The third component of this program already provides high school graduates from West Sacramento with fee-free college for two years at SCC. For the first time this year, along with their automatic acceptance letter, students will receive a one-time $200 Home Run Scholarship offer for Fall 2020 to cover other expenses associated with attending college, including books and transportation.
“We know one of the most effective ways of getting our young people on track to attain a postsecondary certificate or degree is reinforcing the notion that they’ll be going to college throughout their K-12 years,” said Mayor Cabaldon. “Automatic acceptance is one more way to remove any doubt from their minds that going to college is an attainable goal, and this additional scholarship will emphasize that they have the support of their community to reach the promise of postsecondary education. “
Hear more of the Mayor's comments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSkYZmHDCFY&feature=youtu.be
Students will begin receiving emails today confirming that they have been accepted into SCC. Hard copy letters will arrive over the summer as students make their plans for the fall semester.
“We are delighted to be able to offer the graduating class of 2020 this additional benefit and are excited about their promising future,” said WUSD Superintendent Linda Luna. “We know that this can be a daunting time in a young adult’s life, so we hope these measures make it a little easier for our students to achieve their goals.”
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
“As an avid supporter and the founder of Sacramento’s Kindergarten to College program, I know that West Sacramento’s Home Run program fosters immeasurable growth for all students! The automatic admission and additional scholarships provided to this year’s high school graduates will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on their lives. Now more than ever, we need to show our youth that college is possible and integral towards their future success.”
- Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (7th Assembly District)
“College Promise, the national nonprofit in Washington, DC dedicated to making education beyond high school universal, free and affordable for our nation’s hardworking students is proud to recognize West Sacramento for their ground-breaking Automatic Community College Acceptance Program. Enabling all eligible West Sacramento high school graduates to succeed in college and career with the citywide “Home Run” promise of a college guarantee with increased resources and financial support could not come at a more crucial time to help students and families combat the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulations!"
-Dr. Martha Kanter, CEO, College Promise & U.S. Under Secretary of Education (2009-2013)
“West Sacramento is once again proving its great leadership in the Greater Sacramento region. An educated workforce is the number one resource that businesses need to survive. As this work economy quickly changes due to COVID-19 – we are seeing a rapid need for upskilling into the digital world. This is the right path towards economic inclusion - a higher education will open doors for our community, keep talent here as well as retain more businesses.”
-Barry Broome, President & CEO of the Greater Sacramento Economic Council
“Automatic admission for graduating WUSD seniors into our local Sac City College campus is tangible support and confidence in the kids and young adults of West Sacramento. This community believes in you, and because we believe in you we deliver partnerships and resources to provide opportunity. West Sacramento, WUSD and Sac City College walk the talk."
-Denice Domke, President & CEO, West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce