Project Success group of students

Umoja-Project Success

Umoja actively serves and promotes student success for all students through a curriculum and teaching responsive to the legacy of the African diasporas.

Who We Are

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Umoja-Project Success is a program designed to increase the retention rate and to improve the academic performance of students who meet the Umoja-Project Success admission criteria.

The mission of Umoja-Project Success is to aid the successful transition of students from high school to El Camino College and beyond in order to achieve educational and career goals. 

Proven Student Success

Currently, there are over 165 students and 60 mentors actively involved in Umoja-Project Success. The retention rate from the fall to spring first semester averages between 83-95%. This compares to a 50% retention rate of comparable first year students.

Students who complete the program transfer to universities, both in state and out-of-state at a much higher rate and students who transfer complete their bachelor degrees in fewer than three years after graduation from El Camino College.


  • Students must be a recent high school graduate or current El Camino College student.
  • Students must complete orientation and educational plan requirements
  • Students must take the English and mathematics placements tests.
  • Students must be highly motivated and possess the desire to earn a college degree.
  • Students must fill out an Umoja-Project Success Application


  • Academic counseling
  • Cohort model
  • Learning communities
  • Priority registration for classes
  • Career advisement/counseling
  • Student Orientation
  • Mandatory classes first two years
  • Math tutoring
  • Academic Workshops
  • Cultural Workshops and field trips
  • Tours of four-year colleges and universities
  • College success skills and personal development
  • Book Loans and Vouchers
  • Scholarships
  • Madaba (a Kiswahili word meaning Mentoring) assistance from faculty and staff
  • Peer Madabas
  • Service Learning


Interested students may apply via the Umoja-Project Success Application.


Umoja Community

Umoja Community logoUmoja is a Kiswahili word meaning unity.

Umoja-Project Success is an affiliate of the Umoja Community. Umoja (a Kiswahili word meaning unity) is a community and critical resource dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students. 

On January 14, 2008, the Umoja Community was officially recognized by the Board of Governors as a legitimate statewide student success program. We believe that when the voice and histories of students are deliberately and intentionally recognized, the opportunity for self-efficacy emerges and a foundation is formed for academic success.

Umoja actively serves and promotes student success for all students through a curriculum and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of the African Diasporas. Learn more about the Umoja Community.



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