Umoja actively serves and promotes student success for all students through a curriculum and teaching responsive to the legacy of the African diasporas.
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.
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.
Interested students may apply via the Umoja-Project Success Application.
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.