IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2015 PIPELINE PROGRAM!!!
Please take a minute to read the following changes/new rules/ information regarding the 2015 Pipeline Program before you fill out the application.
Program Admissions Changes
Due to the new direction of the Pipeline Program, changes have been made to the admissions process. We will now focus on admitting 9th and 10th graders following a cohort model, as well as continuing to work with our 11th and 12th graders who were previous participants of the program (2009-2014 program sessions).
12th graders who previously participated in the program will now be moving into a mentor-in-training leadership component, where they will work on their leadership skills and focus specifically on a college acceptance curriculum (essay writing, filling out the common application, interview skills, etc). Part of the mentor-in-training includes a training session (July 6th – 12th, 2014) before the start of the program. Training will take place at Pitzer College, where participants will build necessary leadership skills, be paired up with their program mentor, and learn cultural protocol from Elders. Special exceptions can be made.
Wishtoyo Chumash Village/Santa Cruz Island (Limwu) Trip
Pitzer College/WesternU’s Natives 2 College Pipeline Program will be spending 5 days at Wishtoyo Foundation’s Chumash Cultural Village in Malibu, CA. At Wishtoyo, participants will learn from a National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) marine science curriculum, Chumash history and culture, including a 3 night trip to Santa Cruz (Limwu) Island. Specific curriculum will focus on Native/Western science, global warming, and marine biology.
Absence Policy Changes
In the past, participant absence during the Pipeline Program has disrupted program cohesiveness and participant bonding. In order to ensure the smooth running of the program, participants should ensure their complete availability during program dates. Family emergencies will be the exception.
Luggage Policy/Sleeping Bag/Bedding
Due to space limitations, all participants are allowed a maximum of two (2) pieces of luggage. A sleeping bag and bedding (Sheets, blankets, pillows, etc) are required.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own regalia, especially for the Graduation Ceremony, but it is not required.