Jorge Padilla, EAOP- UC Irvine, Regional Coordinator

My name is Jorge Padilla and I am the new Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) Regional Coordinator for El Rancho High School, funded in part by Generation 1st Degree Pico Rivera. EAOP is a college prep program that increases the academic preparation and college-going rates of the students and schools it serves. EAOP provides several collaborative programs such as Academic Advising, Test Prep, and Parent Engagement.

There are two UC Irvine undergraduates currently serving El Rancho High School: Cecilia Garcia and Daphne Dueñas. These EAOP Student Coordinators provide students with one-on-one academic advisement and mentorship, instruct students on strategic class selection towards fulfilling A-G requirements, and provide guidance regarding preparation for college.

We have some great opportunities coming up for students in April, including a workshop for 11th grade students and a field trip to UC Irvine on April 16th. We also have a freshman workshop scheduled in early May. Be on the lookout for those flyers and invitations, Dons!

As for myself, I’m originally from Echo Park in Los Angeles. I graduated from UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Latin American-Latino Studies and recently graduated from UC Irvine with a Masters of Urban & Regional Planning. I’m very proud to have been a student of the University of California and I fully support and encourage students to strive to be UC-bound by their senior year.

During my time at UCSC, I worked as a Peer Advisor for the Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) office. This experience instilled in me a passion for serving students and ensuring their success, just like Generation 1st Degree Pico Rivera is doing for you.

When I moved on from UCSC, I continued to serve students at SteppingUP, a non-profit college awareness program in central Orange County. Here I worked with high school students and helped prepare them for their trajectory in higher education.

I’m very happy to now be working with Generation 1st Degree Pico Rivera and to be surrounded by a very supportive staff, especially the staff at El Rancho. I look forward to serving students at El Rancho High School with the same support and attention they’ve received in the past to ensure they are well prepared and ready to enter college, equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to succeed, and ready to make the best of their college experience.