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Veronica Jaramillo
Department of Chemistry
East Los Angeles College

Ph: (323) 265-8851

Alison McCurdy
Program Director, CSULA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Ph: (323) 343-2362

Welcome to PRESTIGE!

California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) and East Los Angeles College (ELAC) are offering a unique opportunity for eligible students, the PRESTIGE learning community, in Spring, 2012!

The PRESTIGE cohort program is a joint program between CSULA and ELAC, and will be open to 25 students from each campus who will be guaranteed enrollment in three GE classes in chemistry, mathematics, and English in Spring.  In addition, students from both schools together will take a 1-unit seminar at CSULA. Students will take a 1-unit supplementary workshop designed to aid in the students’ success in the English course.

Coursework will focus on issues related to the environment, specifically those that concern Los Angeles and the surrounding communities.  You will work in a team on environmental research projects that combines and reinforces skills learned in each of the classes.  The coursework is designed to allow you to complete your general education requirements in an engaging, meaningful, and integrated fashion.   

Key elements of the PRESTIGE program (cohorting of students; thematic linkages between courses; connections to community) have been shown to increase student success in college, which is why they are part of the program.

PRogress and Engage Scholastically Through Integrated General Education!


Funding for this pilot project is provided by ‘Give Students a Compass’ ( and
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.

In addtion, some of this material is based upon work supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service under Learn and Serve America Grant No. 10LHPCA001. Opinions or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Corporation or the Learn and Serve America Program

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