Category Archives: U-CAN News and Announcements

UCAN’s Summer Bridge Program Information

This year we will be hosting UCAN’s Summer Bridge Program at:

 San Juan Unified School District

Twin Rivers Unified School District

Natomas Unified School District 


WHAT IS IT?  The Summer Bridge Program is designed to help you get into a   four-year college or university:

  • It lasts only one week
  • It is free and includes lunch
  • You will be instructed on how to improve low grades or fulfill missing A-G requirements
  • You will complete your college portfolio — personal essay and letters of recommendation
  • You will begin preparations to take the ACT/SAT
  • You will learn what financial aid, grants, and scholarships are available to you and how to apply
  • You will interact with recent graduates who know what it takes to be successful in college

You will be assigned a peer mentor to help you develop a plan for your future


Alcorn State University to eliminate out-of-state tuition

Alcorn Waives Out-of-state Tuition Fees

Dr. Alfred Rankins, President of Alcorn State UniversityAlcorn State University’s new tuition plan is geared toward attracting more out-of-state students to its campus in Lorman, Mississippi.

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher learning approved Alcorn’s proposal to eliminate out-of-state tuition for its non-resident students. Alcorn will offer a single flat tuition rate for all resident and non-resident students. The University will charge single flat rate tuition for all students regardless of residency.

“This is one key component of Alcorn’s comprehensive enrollment management plan, which is centered around affordability and retention,” said President Alfred Rankins Jr.

Non-resident students have historically represented less than 15 percent of the student population and Alcorn has the capacity to accommodate more out-of-state students. The flat tuition rate will become effective during the Fall 2015 semester. Currently enrolled out-of-state students will qualify for the reduced tuition rate starting in the Fall 2015.

Vice President for Student Affairs Emanuel Barnes says the flat rate tuition will assist the University’s recruiting strategies.

“Our recruiters are eagerly working with alumni chapters across the nation to attract area students who could not afford the out-of-state tuition rate,” said Barnes. “With this new tuition rate for non-resident students, Alcorn is now a more competitive option.”

Alcorn’s current full-time in state tuition ranges from $6,656 to $7,421, which is a bargain compared to tuition at many institutions across the South.

The new rate will put parents and students who are seeking quality higher education experiences at affordable prices more at ease.

“For those students looking for a rigorous, affordable post secondary education away from home while feeling at home then Alcorn is a great choice,” Vice President for Finance and Administration Carolyn Dupre said.

Alcorn State University to eliminate out-of-state tuition1.  Take a virtual tour of Alcorn State University’s campus on their website

2.  See if your major focus of study is offered

3.  Decide if you are seriously interested in getting more information about this outstanding opportunity and contact us!
2-yr colleges open new door

2 Year Colleges Open New Door | 9 Historically Black Colleges Take Transfers

2-yr colleges open new doorCalifornia’s community colleges reached agreements Tuesday that pave the way for students to transfer to nine historically black colleges, the first such arrangements with schools outside the state.

The agreements give California community college students who complete a transfer-focused associate’s degree guaranteed admission to schools that include Bennett College in North Carolina, Tuskegee University in Alabama and Wiley College in Texas. While California Community Colleges has long maintained transfer agreements with the California State University and University of California systems, the partnership with out-of-state private colleges is unprecedented.

“It provides a special opportunity especially for African Americans or other students of color,” said Brice Harris, California Community Colleges chancellor. “There are more people that want to complete that bachelor’s degree because increasingly, that’s what the market is demanding.”

Representatives from the nine historically black institutions praised the initiative as “truly a dream come true” during a signing event in Sacramento on Tuesday. It is the first time the black colleges and universities have reached a transfer agreement with an entire community college system.

Besides giving California community college students another path to four-year schools, the agreements can help historically black schools that have struggled to maintain enrollment in recent years as other universities have worked to diversify and black students have more education options….

Wiley College President Haywood Strickland said his school was attracted by the high caliber of students available in California….

The new transfer program was welcomed by many in California, including Ahkilah Harper, a Solano Community College student. Harper, 27, of Oakland now hopes to transfer to Tuskegee University to study nursing after originally considering California State University, Sacramento. “But since this door has been opened, I definitely want to take advantage of this while I can,” she said.

Kristan Venegas, an associate professor of clinical education at the University of Southern California, said the new program is a welcome respite for California’s crowded campuses and gives African American students another option.

The new transfer program gives clarity and transparency to the admissions process. In addition to an associate’s degree for transfer or a minimum of 30 transferable units, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA to qualify for guaranteed placement.

“With this being determined, this outlines specifically what they need to do,” said Tony Davis, a staff adviser for the Black Student Union at Sacramento City College. “If they’re determined to transfer, they’re going to meet that standard to achieve. There’s no gray area or misunderstanding.”

Davis described historically black schools as having a “more nurturing environment.”

“They’ll get a lot more one-on-one attention,” he said. “Where at those larger schools, they may not get that one-on-one attention to help them get where they want to go.”

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UCAN Kicks Off New School Year


Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Admit Students On The Spot

CALIFORNIA—Thousands of students from Sacramento, the East Bay and San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley and the Inland Empire will gather at churches, schools, and community centers, to explore the possibilities of attending college at one of the United College Action Network’s (U-CAN) Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) partners during the upcoming college fair!

High school students will meet with recruiters and admissions counselors from over 40  HBCUs  during U-CAN’s 17th annual “Historically Black” college recruitment fair tour in eleven California cities and Las Vegas, NV from September 11th through September 24,  2016.

HBCU admissions and recruitment officers, representing hundreds of majors and professional degrees, will be available to answer questions, take applications, review transcripts, provide financial aid information, waive application fees and admit and offer scholarships to qualified students on the spot.

U-CAN’s college fairs are free and open to all students and will include Spanish language recruiters.  Parents are encouraged to attend with their students.

“We pride ourselves on working with students who may not have the highest GPA but who desires to  go to a four-year college or university and is willing to do the work to get it done,” said Dr. Alan Rowe, president of U-CAN. “Our goal is to get as many youths as possible, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, background, or economic status, to the fair and into college.”

Founded in Sacramento, California in 1988, U-CAN is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to inspire, prepare, and support students, especially economically and culturally disadvantaged and at-risk youth, in gaining admission to and graduating from four-year colleges and universities.  U-CAN has assisted more than 75,000 students through its high school programs that prepare students for academic and career success after high school.  More than half of U-CAN scholars who go to college choose to attend an HBCU.  Since its inception, more than 20,000 U-CAN scholars have been admitted to HBCUs, of which 16,000 received $70 million ($70,000,000) in scholarship from U-CAN’s HBCU partners.

UCAN focuses on HBCU’s because their mission and values matches its own.  Rowe said HBCUs’ 14-1 to 25-1 student/faculty ratio provide a smaller more nurturing environments that “many of our students need to flourish during the four-year college experience.”

Moreover, HBCUs are more open to working with promising students with marginal grade point averages, and have proven and effective education strategies that ensure academic success and high graduation rates, Rowe said.

The financial bottom line is that “HBCUs are more affordable than many colleges in California’s state and university systems and provide the same quality of education and training,” Rowe said.  In addition to foreign study programs and internships, Rowe said many HBCUs have partnerships that allow their students to transfer to other top universities in the country.

Rowe, who founded U-CAN with his wife Donna Rowe, stresses opportunity in education for all students. He said, “We have expanded our college recruitment fair from Sacramento to throughout Northern California, including Fairfield, Antioch, Twin Rivers, Oakland, San Francisco, Vallejo, and Sacramento. Southern California will include Riverside, Fontana and Rialto, Moreno Valley, and San Bernardino. The fair will conclude in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Our goal is to include all ethnic and cultural groups shut out of mainstream academia who can benefit from the wonderful opportunities offered by HBCUs.”

Graduating seniors should bring several copies of their transcript, SAT/ACT scores (if taken), two letters of recommendation and a personal essay, if available, in order to qualify for on-the-spot admission. High School juniors and others are also encouraged to attend and should bring copies of their transcripts.

Students are encouraged to register online for the college fair they wish to attend at or .

For more information visit U-CAN’s website at  or contact U-CAN at 916-896-3000 and by email at

UCAN Student of the Month

U-CAN 2014 Recruiters 005U-CAN’s student of the month of October is Sierra Scott, a senior at Rio Linda High School in the Twin Rivers Unified School District.  In addition to being an active student, Sierra plays softball, is a member of the R.O.P. Small Business Club and Knights of Armor.  She also is the founder of the first U-CAN Club on a high school campus. She believes college-bound students should meet, share and plan their paths to high education. Her goal is to attend Tuskegee University in Alabama where she plans to study veterinary medicine.  Sierra is recognized as a “doer” by her peers and counselors.

Students at UCAN HBCU College Fair

North area students meet with admissions officials of dozens of black universities…

A college recruitment fair turned into college admission day for more than 150 students at Grant Union High School on Thursday morning.

When the event ended at noon, admissions officers for more than 35 historically black colleges and universities, or HBCU, also handed out $1.5 million scholarships to the students they had accepted.