Project Change at College of San Mateo - Getting Started
Project Change
Getting Started

Join the Project

We are excited to help you begin your journey through college! As a Project Change student, you will find a supportive community of College of San Mateo faculty, staff, and students. If you are interested in applying to the program, you will need to attend a Project Change Orientation. Please contact Katie Bliss, Project Director, at blisskatie@smccd.edu to begin!

Who is Eligible?

CSM's Project Change is designed for students who:
  • Are court-involved youth in San Mateo County
  • Have or are attending any of the San Mateo Court and Community Schools
  • Have completed their high school diploma, GED, or are on track to graduate before summer begins
  • Are academically motivated high school juniors or seniors interested in concurrent enrollment
  • Are motivated to make the transition to college
  • Are interested in having support and guidance while starting the first year in college
What are the Benefits?

What the project provides each student:
  • Assistance with class registration and academic planning, financial aid, and other student support services beneficial to student's success
  • College readiness and academic preparedness for success in the student's first year of college-provided in the summer program students enroll in Pathway to College
  • A personal mentor who is faculty/staff at the college; mentors provide individualized support and guidance for their first year in college
  • A project director who connects students personally to all services they are eligible for on campus, provides support and clarity on the college experience, and serves as a liaison between the student and all services they receive at the college
  • Opportunity to participate in nationally recognized learning communities: Umoja, Puente, Mana, Students also have access to the many career and technical education programs at the college to help
  • Enrollment in courses with professors who specifically provide support and guidance to Project Change students
  • Project Change events and activities on and off campus
  • A community of support made up of fellow first-year college students