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First Year Experience Application | Introduction

What is the High Desert Commitment?


The High Desert Commitment is a first year experience program dedicated to providing support for students who assess in basic skills/developmental skills courses. The High Desert Commitment is divided into two unique tracks.


Track A: This track is designed to assist female students who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). This track targets female students that are interested in transferring to the 4 year college/university in STEM majors and ultimately a career in the STEM field.


Track B: This track is designed to assist non STEM students who assess into basic skill/developmental courses and are interested in transferring to the 4 year college/university.


What is the UMOJA Program?


The UMOJA Program is first year experience program dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experience of students at Victor Valley College. The UMOJA program targets students that are interested in learning about African American history and culture. Traditionally African American Students have a lower success rate in community college, therefore the aim of this program is to promote academic and personal success as well as, encouraging transfer to 4 year colleges/universities.


The UMOJA program at Victor Valley College is divided into two unique cohorts the Freedom Scholars and the George Washington Carver Scholars or the “Carverites”. The Freedom Scholars is designed for students interested in non-STEM majors and the Carverites are for students that are interested in STEM majors.


Program Requirements


Submit completed Student Success and Equity First Year Experience Application, including personal statement (200-300 word essay describing why you should be selected to participate in this program), and high school transcripts by April 14, 2017 by 5:00pm.

  • Complete VVC Steps to Enrollment by March 31, 2017
  • Victor Valley College online application
  • Apply for Financial Aid (must qualify for the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver – BOGFW)
  • Complete VVC orientation
  • Complete VVC assessment test
  • Attend the High Desert Commitment Orientation
  • Attend and graduate from one of the designated high schools: Hesperia High School, Oak Hills High School, Sultana High School, Apple Valley High School, Granite Hills High School, Victor Valley High School, Adelanto High School, Silverado High School, Serrano High School and Excelsior High School
Program Services
  • Book Assistance (up to $500 per semester) Mentoring
  • Counseling
  • Student Support Network
  • Culturally Enriching Activities
  • Academic Success Workshops
  • University Tours
  • Accelerated Math/English Courses
  • Student leadership training/opportunities
  • Linked Courses
  • Second-year assistance & follow up

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First Year Experience Application | Program Selection

First Year Experience Application | Personal & Contact Information

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First Year Experience Application | Educational Information

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First Year Experience Application | Educational & Career Goals

First Year Experience Application | Personal Statement & Certification

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Last Updated 3/20/17