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 to begin!

Also be sure to take our Project Change Student Survey to get more information about the program and connect with our staff!

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