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10,000 Degrees understands setting a college-going mindset starts early. That’s why our staff work directly with local elementary, middle school, and high school students to help make sure they can envision a pathway to college. We deliver the following real-world, interactive support to encourage the next generation to embrace their futures and make their college dreams come true.

Our programs help students navigate their school and the world beyond academics. 10,000 Degrees collaborates with the student, their family, their school, and other community partners to ensure that each student feels in control of their own path and has the information they need to make informed decisions about their future. We focus on:

Virtual “College Days”

Virtual College Campus Tours

College Roadmap Workshops


10,000 Degrees College Access team is dedicated to helping rising high school seniors from low-income backgrounds get to college, whether enrolling at a four-year college or community college. Through the 10,000 Degrees Institute, which kicks off with an amazing college immersion (10,000 Degrees Summer Intensive) in July/August before their senior years and continues through graduation, we work directly with students and their families, in coordination with their teachers and counselors, to provide the following year-round support to 10,000 Degrees high school students:

Financial Aid Support

A-G Course Advising

College Planning & Application

College Campus Tours

Year-Round Mentoring


The majority of 10,000 Degrees students are often the first in their families to go to college, so personalized support is crucial to help eliminate confusion and frustration. Likewise, to realize their academic goals, our students need steady encouragement from a community of people they can trust. Our College Success team works hard to ensure their students’ college experience continues through graduation. The following support is available to all 10,000 Degrees college students:

  • Year-round Peer Advisory Group Meetings
  • Transfer Support From Two- To Four-year Colleges
  • Regular Check-ins Via Email, Text & Social Media
  • “Success Starts Here” Day-long Orientation For New Students
  • Renewable Scholarships, Including 10,000 Degrees
  • Financial Aid Management, Including Fafsa
  • “Summer Bridge” Community College Program
  • Individualized Career Advising
  • Career Success Workshops
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Graduate School Panels
  • Career Panels
  • Connections to Partner Programs and Resources

For more information, contact:

Vanessa Bishop
Chief Program Officer

Phone: 415.524.7327
Email: vanessa.bishop (at) 10000degrees.org

Christopher Gonzales
Director of Strategic Growth & School Partnerships

Phone: 707.328.1771
Email: cgonzales (at) 10000degrees.org

Rondell Gibson
Director of College Access, Marin & Contra Costa

Phone: 415.451.4012
Email: rgibson (at) 10000degrees.org

Jose Jimenez
Director of College Access, San Francisco & South Bay

Phone: 415.599.6408
Email: jjimenez (at) 10000degrees.org

Tania Requenes
Director of Community College Success

Phone: 415.246.8283
Email: trequenes (at) 10000degrees.org

Karla Santiago
Director of 4 Year & Alumni Success

Phone: 415.720.9063
Email: ksantiago (at) 10000degrees.org

Eli Weinzveg
Director of College Pathways, Sonoma & Napa

Email: eli.weinzveg (at) 10000degrees.org