In 2019, a partnership was developed between the College Advising Corps (CAC) and UC Santa Barbara’s Office of Education Partnerships (OEP). This partnership is fostered by the UC Office of the President and UC Berkeley’s Destination College Advising Corps (DCAC) program.

The UCSB College Advising Corps adopted the UC Berkeley DCAC program model and engages a cohort of UCSB’s Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (UCSB MESA) students at our school sites.

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DCAC aims to increase college access and preparation for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented high school students. DCAC’s purpose is to ensure all students are prepared to apply to college, have the opportunity to attend college, and are aware of all the post-secondary education options available to them. Students are connected with a highly trained, recent college graduate who is placed at their school site full-time as a College Adviser Fellow.

College Adviser Fellows

The DCAC College Adviser Fellows are first-generation college students who have obtained their bachelor’s degree within two years of beginning their fellowship. Participation in the DCAC service and training program is for a maximum of two years and aims to prepare the College Adviser Fellows to be leaders in education.


For high school students interested in participating in the program, here is what you can expect:

  • Intensive academic advising and college planning
  • Development of an Individualized Academic Plan (IAP) utilizing the UC Transcript Evaluation Service (TES)
  • Financial aid and scholarship application assistance
  • College application assistance
  • Student leadership development
  • College campus visits
  • SAT/ACT registration assistance


Please note the following for the UC admissions for freshman:

  • Freshman applicants are not required to submit SAT/ACT test scores for fall 2021 and fall 2022 application cycles.
  • SAT Subject Tests are not required, but are recommended for certain selective majors.


For further information please visit the University of California Admissions by clicking here.

Whole School Information

DCAC activities help support our school sites to increase their college enrollment rates and the program serves as a resource for all students at the school. Our DCAC support activities include:

  • Individual drop-in college advising/preparation
  • Parent/guardian/family workshops/events
  • College information and preparation workshops
  • Financial aid/scholarship workshops


Participant Eligibility

First generation, college and/or low-income students are eligible to enroll in the DCAC program at one of our school sites. For more information, please contact the DCAC College Adviser at your school site.


Aylin Solis Aylin Solis College Adviser - Carpinteria High School
Aylin received a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her future career goal is to earn a Master’s degree in Education to continue her work with first-generation college students.
Aylin advises because... “I want to let students know that going to college and achieving their goals is possible and I will be there to help them along the way."
Arturo Rosete Arturo Rosete College Adviser - Adolfo Camarillo High School
Arturo received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from California State University, Channel Islands. His future career goal is to obtain a masters or doctorate degree in Neuroscience.
Arturo advises because... “All students deserve higher education to establish their fullest potential”
Crystal Soriano Crystal Soriano College Adviser - Oxnard High School
Crystal received a Sociology and Chicana/o Studies bachelor’s degree with a minor in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is passionate about working with first-generation college students.
Crystal advises because... “I want to be a resource for students and their families and uplift them during their college-access journey."
Melani Castellanos Melani Castellanos College Adviser – Rio Mesa High School
Melani Castellanos received a bachelor's of Arts in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her future career goal is to obtain a Master's in Education to keep empowering other first-generation students.
Melani advises because... “I want to keep being a resource and advocate for other first-generation and low-income students in knowing that higher education is obtainable."
Veronica Landeros Veronica Landeros College Adviser - Santa Paula High School
Veronica received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish Literature and Language with a minor in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a Santa Paula High School alumna and has a passion for working with students from her community.
Veronica advises because... “I want to help first-generation students have a better chance at attaining a higher education."



For further information, please contact the OEP staff members listed below:

Mirian Gutierrez DCAC Regional Manager

Micaela Morgan, Ph.D. K-12 Programs Director (DCAC Program Director)