Graduating seniors credit college-readiness program with a boost

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Former Advancement via Individual Determination student Marlyn Martin leads a group on a scavenger hunt tour of the campus Friday during the program's year-end celebration at CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo. © David Yamamoto/VC Star

For 300 Ventura County seniors, next month’s graduation signals the successful completion of Advancement via Individual Determination, a college-readiness program that places average students in a rigorous elective class.The program provides tutoring and guidance in an effort to increase the students’ eligibility and integration into four-year colleges. Ninety-nine percent of the students graduate high school, compared with 74.4 percent statewide.

About 86 percent of the program’s students apply to four-year colleges, and 75 percent are accepted, though some choose local community colleges instead, said Phill Britton, a regional program director.

“That’s our goal for students: for them to make the decision but to be ready and to be eligible for four- year colleges,” he said.

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