The California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) is a State legislated program established in 1978 that serves low income, first-generation students and/or students attending schools with traditionally low college-going rates. Cal-SOAP’s mission is to help students improve their academic performance and make information about postsecondary education and financial aid more widely available.
The Long Beach Cal-SOAP Program serves k-12 students attending schools in the Long Beach Unified, Compton Unified, Lynwood Unified, and Whittier Union school districts. Students receive various services including one-on-one individualized college advising, tutoring, classroom workshops on college and academic topics, college tours, and parent education events.
The Long Beach Cal-SOAP program is governed by a consortium of school districts, community colleges, universities, and community programs from the Long Beach Unified School District, Compton Unified School District, Lynwood Unified School District, Whittier Union School District, CSULB, CSU Dominguez Hills , DeVry University, El Camino College-Compton Center , Long Beach City College, Rio Hondo College, City of Long Beach Workforce Development Burea, GLOW Foundation, and the Long Beach Job Corps.