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UMOJA Community|First-Year Experience Program

Umoja Community logoThe UMOJA Program is a 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. 

Students inside the Student Activities Center

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
    • This track is designed for students interested in non-STEM majors.
  • Carverites
    • This track is designed for students that are interested in STEM majors. 



STEM majors:

Applied Science, Architecture, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Kinesiology, Math, Physical Science, Physics


Program Services:

Counseling, Student Support Network, Culturally Enriching Activities, Academic Success Workshops, University Tours, Book Assistance (up to $300 per semester), 2nd Year Assistance & Follow Up, Student Leadership Training/Opportunities, and Mentoring.






Last Updated 9/10/18