We know that life beyond Eastside is filled with enormous opportunities for our students, but also sometimes fraught with new challenges.
Our alumni program provides our graduates with the support to meet the challenges of their college experience as they break new ground in their families by earning college degrees, often pursuing graduate degrees and, ultimately, launching full-time professional careers. Our college coaches maintain a strong connection with our alumni, providing academic support and advising, assistance with financial aid issues, and personal counseling and mentoring.
In addition to a college coach, each Eastside graduate also has a career coach. Our career coaches help students explore career paths, gain professional experience through summer internships that will make them competitive candidates, build mentoring relationships, and develop and carry out a job search strategy during their senior year in college. In addition to running a series of “Career Launch” workshops for our high school seniors and guiding alumni as they develop their career plans, our alumni team is working to grow our summer internship program by building relationships with new partner companies.
We are proud of the fact that 80% of our alumni are either in four-year college or have graduated, in comparison with a sobering nationwide statistic indicating that just 11% of first-generation college students graduates from college. Today, nearly 650 Eastside alumni are in college or graduate school or have embarked on their careers. Their stories motivate us to continue expanding opportunities for students whose successes are creating a ripple effect in this community and around the country.
For more information about our alumni and career pathways programs, contact:
Director of Alumni Services
phone: (650) 688-0850 x151