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Fresh Success Providers

Employment and Training services are offered through Fresh Success Providers, in partnership with the Foundation and the local county welfare department. Current Providers include:

  • Gavilan College, Santa Clara County and San Benito County
  • Cosumnes River College, Sacramento County
  • Opportunity Junction, Contra Costa County
  • Rubicon Programs, Contra Costa County
  • Southwestern College, San Diego County

Gavilan College

Santa Clara County and San Benito County

Gavilan College’s Fresh Success program launched in Summer 2016 and focuses on students who are:

  • Attending specific classes (including GED, ESL, career technical education, and adult basic education);
  • Santa Clara County or San Benito County residents; and 
  • A member of a group prioritized in the Gavilan College Student Equity Plan, including Latinos, low-income students, and emancipated foster youth.

The program also serves students timed out of TANF (Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families), known in California as CalWORKs.

Gavilan College’s Fresh Success services include case management, orientation to the college and the Fresh Success program, academic and career counseling, development of an Educational Plan, and a series of group workshops exclusively for Fresh Success students, as well as participant reimbursements to support transportation, textbooks, class supplies, and other ancillary costs.

For more information about Gavlian College Fresh Success, please contact:

Annette Gutierrez
CalWORKSs/Fresh Success Program Specialist
T: 408.848.4798
E: AGutierrez@gavlian.edu

Website: https://www.gavilan.edu/student/eops/calworks/freshsuccess.php

Cosumnes River College

Sacramento County

Cosumnes River College’s Fresh Success program launched in January 2017 and focuses on students who are:

  • Attending specific classes (including GED, ESL, career technical education, and adult basic education);
  • Sacramento County residents; and
  • Educationally disadvantaged, timed out of TANF (CalWORKs), a veteran, or an emancipated foster youth.

Cosumnes River College’s Fresh Success program is offered through the college’s Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) office. EOPS is a statewide community college program that supports first-time students in defining and completing their educational objectives. Services include case management, one academic progress meeting per term for students not receiving EOPS (with at least one follow-up meeting for students with below-average grades), and a series of group workshops exclusively for Fresh Success students, as well as participant reimbursements to support transportation, textbooks, class supplies, and other ancillary costs.

For more information about Cosumnes River College Fresh Success, please contact:

Kathy F. Degn
EOPS/CARE & Fresh Success Coordinator
T: 916.691.7419
E: degnf@crc.losrios.edu

Website: http://www.crc.losrios.edu/services/support/fresh-success

Opportunity Junction

Contra Costa County

Opportunity Junction’s Fresh Success program launched in February 2017 and focuses on participants who are:

  • Residents of East Contra Costa County and
  • Job seekers with barriers such as gaps in skills and experience, as well as depression, anxiety, trauma, or lack of confidence.

Opportunity Junction’s Fresh Success program includes Job Club, Vocational Training, and Job Retention services. Through Job Club, Opportunity Junction offers workshops and group trainings; résumé, job search, and job application assistance; interview preparation; and placement assistance. The Vocational Training component prepares participants for administrative careers through computer and life skills training. The Job Retention component provides up to 90 days of assistance to participants who obtain unsubsidized employment. All participants are eligible for appropriate participant reimbursements.

For more information about Opportunity Junction Fresh Success, please contact:

Brianna Robinson
Director of Programs
T: 925.776.1133
E: brianna@opportunityjunction.org

Website: http://www.opportunityjunction.org/

Rubicon Programs

Contra Costa County

Rubicon Program’s Fresh Success program launched in February 2017 and focuses on participants who are:

  • Residents of West and East Contra Costa County;
  • Very low-income; and
  • Re-entering the community after incarceration.

Rubicon Programs’ Fresh Success program includes Job Club and Job Retention services. The Job Club component consists of an average of four months of intensive services targeted to the specific needs of participants, including: (1) case management, including goal setting and service navigation assistance; (2) pre-employment job readiness training one-on-one and in groups; (3) small-group job search training/assistance and digital literacy training; (4) career advising and development, including career assessments and planning, and experiential learning opportunities; (5) job placement; and (6) financial stability services to assist participants with improving their credit, starting and funding a savings account, and balancing their budget. The Job Retention component provides intensive retention services for the first 90 days following Fresh Success participants’ entry into unsubsidized employment. All participants are offered appropriate participant reimbursements.

For more information about Rubicon Programs Fresh Success, please contact:

Kimi Barnes
1R Manager
T: 510.231.3913
E: KimiB@rubiconprograms.org

Website: http://rubiconprograms.org/

Southwestern College

San Diego County

Southwestern College will launch its Fresh Success program during its Fall 2017 term. Their program will focus on participants who are:

  • Attending specific classes (including ESL, career technical education, and adult basic education);
  • Enrolled at least half-time at Southwestern College;
  • Residents of San Diego County; and
  • Timed-out TANF (CalWORKs) recipients, United States veterans, emancipated foster youth, or educationally disadvantaged.

Southwestern College’s Fresh Success program will be offered through its Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) office. EOPS is a statewide community college program that supports first-time students in defining and completing their educational objectives. Participating students will receive case management, one academic progress meeting per term (with at least one follow-up meeting for students with below-average grades), and a series of group workshops exclusively for Fresh Success students. Students also will be offered participant reimbursements, including support for dependent care, transportation, textbooks, and other ancillary costs.

For more information about Southwestern College Fresh Success, please contact:

Omar Orihuela
Director of EOPS, CalWORKs, and Foster Youth
T: 619.482.6360
E: oorihuela@swccd.edu

Website: http://www.swccd.edu/

Contact Us

Foundation Contacts

Courtney Cagle
Senior Program Specialist, Fresh Success
T: 916.491.4468
E: ccagle@foundationccc.org


Tanya Garbolino 
Manager, Fresh Success
T: 916.491.4477
E: tgarbolino@foundationccc.org

Fact Sheet

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Partners and Supporters

  • AC Strategic Solutions
  • California Department of Social Services
  • California Welfare Directors Association
  • California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • Thomas J. Long Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
  • Western Center on Law and Poverty
  • Walter S. Johnson Foundation
  • Y&H Soda Foundation

Fresh Success Providers

How to get involved

  • Start a pilot program in a community-based organization or community college
  • Join with other funders to support planning, technical assistance, evaluation, and pilots
  • Complete an interest form to be contacted by Fresh Success staff

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