UMOJA Community Cohorts


Umoja Community logo

The UMOJA Program is a S.T.E.P. program that is 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 are underrepresented in community college, therefore, the goal 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, 2nd and 3rd Year Assistance & Follow Up, Student Leadership Training/Opportunities, and Mentoring.