Oceanside High School Graduates College Bound with Help from CSUSM


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

Nearly 100 students participating in Oceanside High School's 5:30 p.m. graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 16 are bound for college thanks to the support of TRIO Upward Bound and TRIO Educational Talent Search at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM).

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO programs, including Upward Bound (UB) and Educational Talent Search (ETS), serves and assists low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.

Among the Oceanside High School graduates are UB participants, Phuong Tran and Charlene Isaia; and ETS participant, Melina Cueto. Tran is valedictorian and will be attending the University of California Berkeley (UCB) in the fall.  Isaia is the 2010 senior class president and plans to enroll in CSUSM this fall while Cueto is salutatorian and will also be attending UCB. All three students have been active members of their respective programs since their freshman year in high school.

UB is an academic college preparation and retention program designed to assist ninth through twelfth grade students.  The ETS program is designed to assist 600 students at Jefferson Middle School and Oceanside High School.  Both programs are federally funded TRiO programs under the U.S. Department of Education. 

This summer, CSUSM TRiO will welcome thirty students from Oceanside and Escondido High Schools to a summer residential program beginning July 10 through July 29.  Students will take courses in mathematics, reading, language arts, science, and Spanish while staying overnight in the University Village Apartments.  Students will also experience team building, leadership and college prep workshops, and other recreational programs.

For more information of TRiO Upward Bound  at CSUSM, contact Lia Pele at 760-750-4013.

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that CSUSM's annual spending in the region was $189.2 million, generating a total impact of $228.6 million on the regional economy. Over 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region after graduation. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.