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Covina-Valley Unified School District Partners with University of La Verne to Guarantee College Access for Students

Covina-Valley Unified School District is one of several local school districts that have partnered with The University of La Verne, in one of the region’s single-largest initiatives to ensure that students have access to a high-quality, affordable college education.

The Partnership for Access to College Education (PACE) launched on Jan. 19, 2017, and will serve students from the District’s three comprehensive high schools: Covina, Northview, and South Hills.

The program promises qualified students from the districts a pathway to college that includes:

  • Access to college preparatory courses
  • Guaranteed college admission
  • Guaranteed financial aid of at least $10,000 per year
  • Application fee waivers
  • And a range of programs to assist with college readiness and the application process

University of La Verne President and Covina High School alum, Devorah Lieberman said “The Partnership for Access to College Education will have an especially powerful impact on students who are the first in their families to go to college.  These students need extra support and a sense of community to guide them on their paths to success, and that’s exactly what we are building with these school districts and organizations.”

About half of the students who attend the University of La Verne are the first in their families to go to college. About 75 percent of first-time freshman come from within 50 miles of La Verne.

The partnership will go into effect immediately, starting with current high school seniors who apply for the fall 2017 term.

Superintendents and other officials from the districts and partner organizations gathered at the university to celebrate the launch.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students. We are very excited that the University of La Verne has partnered with Covina-Valley to allow our students an opportunity to get a quality college education.” – Richard M. Sheehan, Ed.D., Superintendent.

In addition to serving first-time college freshman, the PACE partnership will also benefit employees of the partner school districts. Faculty and staff admitted to the University of La Verne’s Ed.D. program are guaranteed a $100 per unit scholarship.

Download a copy of the press release here.