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Pathways To College

Santa Barbara Pathways works collaboratively with K-12, institutional, and community partners to ensure the academic success of first generation college-going students and support their pursuit of postsecondary education. Long term objectives include expanding educational and career opportunities by providing intensive academic preparation to students and cultivating a college-going culture in local schools.

"The staff of the Santa Barbara Pathways Program are my inspiration to do well in school, their hard work and support has followed me throughout 7 years and as a result I am motivated to pursue a great education."

— Gabriela Mendoza, former Pathways student, currently at Cal Poly-SLO.

Partnering Schools

Santa Barbara High School Pathways Partners:

  • Santa Barbara High School
  • Santa Barbara Junior High School

Dos Pueblos High School Pathways Partners:

  • Dos Pueblos High School
  • Goleta Valley Junior High School
  • Isla Vista Elementary School

San Marcos High School Pathways Partners:

  • San Marcos High School

Other Program Partners

AB540 Coalition, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP), Casa de la Raza, Future Leaders of America, Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, Isla Vista Youth Projects, Isla Vista Teen Center, Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, and University of California, Santa Barbara -Gevirtz Graduate School of Education,(GGSE), Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP).

Program Activities

  • College knowledge workshops and academic/career preparation programs
  • Leadership development programs for students and parents
  • School-family-community engagement in college planning
  • Academic advising and personal enrichment workshops
  • Tutoring and mentoring via UCSB students (after school homework centers and in students’ homes)
  • Academic and cultural enrichment through summer program opportunities, field trips and college visits
  • Year-end/graduation ceremonies that honor student achievement and build a sense of community


For more information, please contact the Pathways Coordinators

Program Contacts

Dos Pueblos High School/San Marcos High School Pathways

Adrienne Arguijo-Morgan
Pathways Program Coordinator (DPHS)

(805) 893-4370

Santa Barbara High School/San Marcos High School Pathways

Mirian Gutierrez
Pathways Program Coordinator (SBHS)

(805) 893-5305

Micaela Morgan, Ph.D.
K-12 Programs Director

(805) 893-5839

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