CSUB to partner with Ontario-Montclair School District Promise Scholars

CSUB and OntarioMontclair School District celebrating formally becoming partners in the Promise Scholars program.

On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, CSU Bakersfield will host a signing ceremony with the OntarioMontclair School District (OMSD) to formally become a partner in the Promise Scholars program, an initiative to increase the college-going rate of first generation students.  On average, baccalaureate degree holders earn nearly three times as much as students without a high school diploma, nearly twice as much as students with only a high school diploma, and are far less likely to be unemployed. More than half of all new jobs in the next decade will require postsecondary education while jobs requiring a high school diploma or less are declining. Promise Scholars is a commitment between K-12 and higher education partners to ensure students have the information, services, and resources to prepare for college, and the opportunity to earn a college degree at a partner higher education institution if they successfully prepare.

Promise Scholars evolved from the 1999 award-winning Online to College (OTC) pilot program which enrolled OMSD students beginning in 5th grade in the early college awareness, aspiration, and access program, continuing to inform them about college every year through the 12th grade. Students and their parents were engaged in activities to increase their “college knowledge,” including field trips to college campuses, college fairs, parent presentations, and assistance with college applications and financial aid forms. The college-going rate for OTC students was 60% compared to 40% for non-participants, and the 29% district average.  

Launched in 2012, Promise Scholars is one of the first universal comprehensive college going programs of its kind in San Bernardino County, serving all 26 elementary schools and 6 middle schools in the Ontario-Montclair School District, and the three high schools in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District (CJUHSD). In the 201314 school year, the program served over 7,300 students.

The OntarioMontclair Schools Foundation has been created and is building partnerships with local organizations and businesses, community members, and various stakeholders to provide Promise Scholars Scholarships which will be issued based on need and will be distributed according to the capacity of the Foundation. The Promise Scholars Scholarship will be available for OMSD students graduating from high school in 2016 and all successive OMSD students who attend one of these higher education institutions.

CSUB joins OMSD, CJUHSD, CSU San Bernardino, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Fullerton, UC Riverside, Chaffey College, and other educational institutions in implementing the K-16 partnership.

The signing ceremony will take place at 2pm at the Office of CSUB President Dr. Horace Mitchell.

For More Information

Irma Cervantes
Public Affairs Coordinator, CSUB
661-654-2138
icervantes@csub.edu