Signature Programs at Las Positas College
The Las Positas College Foundation funds a broad array of programs and services. The main focus is the funding of student scholarships, supporting vital educational programs, and continuing outreach to the community through college sponsored programs.
In addition to this comprehensive approach to supporting the campus community, the Foundation currently has three signature programs for which it raises significant special funds:
Some Las Positas College student-parents are forced to drop out of college because they cannot afford quality day care for their children. The parents must forego their educational goals to look after their young children.
The 2GenFund provides scholarships for the toddler and pre-school children of deserving LPC students. The amount of each scholarship varies depending on the individual circumstances of each child’s family. It can range up to as much as $5,000 per semester.
The 2GenFund Scholarship was created to fund a child’s enrollment at the Las Positas College Early Childhood Center. The center is an advanced children’s pre-school with superbly trained and licensed instructors who teach toddlers (age 18-30 months) and preschoolers (age 3-5 years). They provide the enrolled children with social-emotional and cognitive skills that will give them an important leg-up in their K-12 educational experiences.
The 2GenFund Scholarship is a winning program for all:
- Scholarship-recipient toddlers and preschoolers benefit by having an early educational experience that prepares them to excel in K-12 studies.
- Student-parents benefit because they are able to focus on obtaining their own LPC educational goals… right on the same campus as their children.
- The community benefits because the 2GenFund Scholarship assist two generations to be better prepared citizens of the Tri-Valley region.
2GenFund Scholarships for toddler and pre-school students are need and performance-based. Requirements include family financial constraints and the parent’s successful pursuit of a college educational goal.
The basic cost of a California community college education is rising dramatically… but it is still a relative bargain for students wishing to prepare for transfer to a four-year institution or for those who want career technical instruction. Fees for residents taking courses at Las Positas College are growing due to the current challenges with the California state budget. Two years ago, fees were $26 per credit; they are currently $36 and will rise to $47 shortly. The impact of these increases can be severe for many students but are still far less than the cost of tuition at four-year institutions.
The actual cost of attending Las Positas College involves far more than per-credit costs… challenging though those may be. In actuality, the full costs of higher education must also include payments for child care, transportation, and lost work & family time. Far and away the most easily quantified additional costs are for supplies – principally textbooks. A single text often costs in excess of $100 and can exceed $400. Sadly, these “extra” costs can force some students to attempt to take classes without textbooks or, worse, drop out of college.
The Las Positas College Foundation Textbook Challenge in a vehicle to fund a Book “Loaner” program. Managed by the Associated Students of Las Positas College, the program started in the Fall Semester 2009 as a daily check-out service of the College Library. Recently it was revised to permit use of textbooks for a full semester for a fee of just $30 per text with a three book limit.
Veterans First Intiative
Las Positas College’s Veterans First Initiative has been designed to ease the transition of servicemen and women from military life into college and to assist them with educational, financial and other forms of support needed to improve their chances of success at college.
The staff of Las Positas College has moved aggressively to advance the vision of a full service veterans program from a dream to reality. With seed funding from the Las Positas College Foundation, it has devoted a tremendous amount of work and the numerous resources necessary to prepare Las Positas to become the college of choice for the many veterans returning from the military and those who may be seeking new opportunities.
The Veterans First Initiative has developed an aggressive approach to addressing the need for a) Increased awareness about the opportunities for veterans at Las Positas College and b) a robust program that addresses and meets the unique needs of this very special group of students.