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Umoja-Project Success is a program designed to increase the retention rate and to improve the academic performance of students who meet the Umoja-Project Success admission criteria. The mission of Umoja-Project Success is to aid the successful transition of students from high school to El Camino College and beyond in order to achieve educational and career goals. 

Currently, there are over 165 students and 60 mentors actively involved in Umoja-Project Success. The retention rate from the fall to spring first semester averages between 83-95%. This compares to a 50% retention rate of comparable first year students. Students who complete the program transfer to universities, both in state and out-of-state at a much higher rate and students who transfer complete their bachelor degrees in less than three years after graduation from El Camino College.

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These goals are achieved by providing students with:

  • Academic counseling
  • Cohort model
  • Learning communities
  • Priority registration for classes
  • Career advisement/counseling
  • Student Orientation
  • Mandatory classes 1st two years
  • Math tutoring
  • Academic Workshops
  • Cultural Workshops and field trips
  • Tours of four-year colleges and universities
  • College success skills & personal development
  • Book Loans and Vouchers
  • Scholarships
  • Madaba (a Kiswahili word meaning Mentoring) assistance from faculty and staff
  • Peer Madaba's
  • Service Learning

Umoja Community

Umoja-Project Success is an affiliate of the Umoja Community. Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. On January 14, 2008 the Umoja Community was officially recognized by the Board of Governors as a legitimate statewide student success program. We believe that when the voice and histories of students are deliberately and intentionally recognized, the opportunity for self-efficacy emerges and a foundation is formed for academic success. Umoja actively serves and promotes students success for all students through a curriculum and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of the African Diasporas. For additional information, please click HERE.


Admission Criteria

  • Students must be a recent high school graduate or current El Camino College student.
  • Students must complete orientation and educational plan requirements
  • Students must take the English and Mathematics placements tests.
  • Students must be highly motivated and possess the desire to earn a college degree.
  • Students must fillout an Umoja-Project Success Application


Umoja-Project Success Application

The Umoja-Project Success application is a fillable Formstack. You can complete the application HERE.


Thank you for your interest in joining the

Umoja-Project Success program!