College GraduationUnlike many college access programs, FCE measures its success against college completion rates, not simply college enrollment. Through our College Success Program, we provide the services and support that students need to get the most out of college and earn their bachelor’s degrees. We provide:

  • College transition and orientation support
  • Academic and personal counseling
  • Financial aid and scholarship guidance
  • Information and support for parents and guardians
  • Transfer admission advising
  • Academic, personal, and career counseling
  • Leadership development

Our commitment to our students is paying off: Eighty-five percent of FCE students have either graduated from college or are on track to graduate within five years. Nationally only about half of the students who begin college will graduate in five years, and only about a quarter of students of color will complete college during the same timeframe. Many, like UCLA medical student Carmen Ochoa, go on from college to attend graduate and professional schools. Although it wasn’t always easy, says Carmen, “I never felt alone and knew I could always turn to FCE if I encountered any obstacles. I will make a difference in this world and I owe that to my family and to FCE.”

» Watch a short video of college grads who succeeded with help from FCE

FCE has stayed connected to me throughout my time in college.  They’ve helped me get scholarships, given me academic support, taught me how to network, and contacted me frequently to make sure I was adjusting to college life and staying on track to graduate.  In June, I will graduate with a degree in civil engineering."
Edgar Arteaga
FCE College Bound Program ’08
Senior, Sacramento State University