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Acting Promise Coordinator

Karla Trutna

Promise Graduate Assistant

Donnaly Atajar

Promise Counselor

Miriam Pacheco

For Questions Call: 619-388-2230
Transition Programs

San Diego Promise
Transition Programs


One of the requirements of the Promise Program is that all students must enroll in one of your college's transition programs meant to guide you towards students success.


Creating Rich Unique Intellectual Student Experiences

The CRUISE program is designed to innovatively provide new students with an introduction to courses, skills, as well as academic and student support systems at San Diego Mesa College that empower them to become successful in completing their educational goals. The CRUISE program also provides new students with opportunities to establish positive relationships with other students and with faculty and staff members, which creates an initial support network that can become the foundation for the new students’ college experience. CRUISE is one of many programs at San Diego Mesa College that addresses issues of student equity by providing unique learning opportunities for everyone.


Agustin Rivera


Extended Opportunity Program Services

EOPS is a state-funded program to provide enhanced recruitment, retention, and transition services to eligible students. The services include priority enrollment, counseling / advisement and preparation for transition to four-year universities or the workplace. EOPS students who are single parents, have a child less than 14 years of age, and receive CalWORKs for themselves and / or their children are encouraged to apply for the program’s Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) component. CARE provides additional support, including grants, meal cards, educational supplies, and parking permits to address those needs that are unique to single parents.


Monica Demcho
EOPS/CARE Coordinator, I4-309

Mesa Academy - UMOJA

The Mesa Academy is designed to support the academic success of Mesa College students who are earning a Certificate of Achievement, Associate Degree, and/or a Transfer Studies Degree. Students participating in the Mesa Academy are provided with writing, counseling, and mentoring services. Discussions, activities, and materials utilized in the program are from an African American perspective. The Mesa Academy is open to all students.


Michael Temple
Mesa Academy, Counseling, I4-303

Puente Project

The Puente Project, is an academic preparation, retention, and transfer program. Puente is a year-long program in which students participate in three components: Writing, Counseling, and Mentoring. Materials utilized in the Puente Project come from the Latino/Chicano perspective. Classes are open to all students.


Raul Rodriguez
Puente, Counseling, I4-303


STAR provides students opportunities for academic development, assists with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of STAR TRIO is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and to facilitate the process of transition to the four-year university.


Marichu Magana
STAR TRIO Director, I4-308


DSPS was established to more fully accommodate the academic and support needs of students with disabilities as mandated by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The DSPS Department offers eligible students access to a variety of specialized support services and assistive equipment in a timely manner. These services are intended to assist college students with disabilities to more successfully participate in regular college programs and activities.


Steven Salter
DSPS Coordinator, I4-405