Humboldt County Office of Education: Success Coaches | North Coast Cal-SOAP

Success Coaches:

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Cal-SOAP Success Coaches

Cal-SOAP Success Coaches work with school counselors to support students through the financial aid and college admission processes and raise awareness of financial aid and college eligibility requirements. Success Coaches keep students informed of their progress and prepared to take their next step towards successful, affordable postsecondary education.

Through the College Success Coaches, students will have access to:

  • Financial aid and college access information presented through a combination of group workshops, information campaigns, and one-on-one advising sessions
  • Direct support for FAFSA/CADAA applications and creation of FSA ID and their Webgrants4Students account
  • Financial Aid Offer Letter interpretation and college affordability assessment
  • Information about college application and enrollment timelines, deadlines, and eligibility requirements
  • College and scholarship application support
  • Progress reports informing them of where they are in the financial aid and college admissions processes and what their next steps should be

Meet Our Success Coaches

Arcata High School

Success Coaches: Liam Gawthorne, Valerie Keody, Valentin Velazco

Success Coach Profile Card - Liam Gawthorne
Success Coach Profile Card - Valerie Keody
Success Coach Profile Card - Valentin Velazco

Eureka High School

Success Coaches: Nathan Castanon, Taylor Cloney & Regina Familara

Success Coach Profile Card - Nathan Castanon
Success Coach Profile Card - Taylor Cloney
Success Coach Profile Card - Regine Familara

Fortuna Union High School

Success Coach Profile Card - Mesha Chacon

Success Coach: Mesha Chacon

McKinleyville High School & Northern Humboldt Independent Study

Success Coach Profile Card - Ryan Daliwal

Success Coach: Ryan Daliwal

Zoe Barnum High

Success Coach Profile Card - Edrie Black

Success Coach: Edrie Black

HCOE Court & Community Schools

Success Coach Profile Card - Justin Paduganan

Success Coach: Justin Paduganan

Cal Poly Humboldt

Success Coach Profile Card - Audri Penaloza
Success Coach: Audri Penaloza

College of the Redwoods

Success Coach Profile Card - Jane Townsend

Success Coach: Jane Townsend

General Student Outreach

Success Coach Profile Card - Briana Chapman

Success Coach: Brianna Chapman

Cal-SOAP Staff

Cindy Porter
Higher Ed Pathways Manager / Cal-SOAP
Rachel Perry
Cal-SOAP Financial Aid & College Access Technician
Rebecca Asbury
Cal-SOAP Program & Event Technician
College Expo - Sept 13

Cash for College Workshops

College Access PDO Day

Financial Aid Workshops for Counselors