Counseling Complex   434-4926

Pico Promise Transfer Academy is a joint effort of Santa Monica College and the City of Santa Monica. The program meets the needs of the underserved, under-represented youth who live in close proximity to the College. PPTA motivates and assists young adults to attend SMC and work toward their career and educational goals. Students may earn an Associate degree and transfer to a four-year college or university. Each student works one-on-one with a counselor. The program provides students with assistance in:

   •   Enrolling at SMC and registering for classes;

   •   Setting academic, career, and personal goals; and

   •   Gaining financial aid for college expenses.

Students participating in PPTA are also provided with additional opportunities, such as:

   •   Using a computer lab with Internet access,

   •   Having supplemental instruction English and math, and

   •   Touring four-year colleges and universities in California at no expense.

Students are eligible to participate in PPTA if they are 17 to 24 years old, are a former student at a school in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District or at St. Monica’s, and have a strong desire to refocus their lives with a positive outlook on their future. Program participants are encouraged to serve as role models for other young adults, inviting them to consider the opportunities and benefits that a college education can offer. Applications for the program are available in our office. To apply, visit the PPTA desk in the Counseling Complex.

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