Who We Are

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Who We Are

Vision, Goals, & Strategies

The California College Guidance Initiative works to smooth the path to college and career for all California students, especially those who have been underrepresented in higher education. Through a combination of data-driven tools and infrastructure, student-focused curricula and building districts’ capacity to manage and use student data, we remove obstacles to student success and help create a clearer pathway between K-12 and higher education.

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Our Values

Everything we do derives from our core values. We strive to infuse our commitment to equity, transparency, and a focus on students into all our work. Every interaction with partners, stakeholders, students, families, and the communities we serve is an opportunity to develop and strengthen relationships and demonstrate integrity.

Our Team

Our team combines data expertise, K-12 and higher education backgrounds, experience in college counselling and outreach, and a passion for educational equity. Located in communities throughout the state, they are able to bring the best of both worlds – statewide infrastructure and local implementation – as they help unite systems and improve outcomes for students.

Advisory Board

Our work is guided by an advisory board of thought-leaders from across California’s education landscape. From K-12 and higher education, to state education agencies and independent philanthropic funders, they bring deep understanding of the needs we address, the institutions we serve, and the potential our efforts hold for students.


The impact we create is only possible thanks to the investment and support of forward-thinking institutions, state agencies, and philanthropic funders who recognize the power of educational data and how student futures can be improved when we bridge the gaps between systems.

California State University Office of the Chancellor
California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation
College Futures Foundation
Growing Inland Achievement
Leonetti O’Connell Family Foundation
Riverside County Office of Education
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

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Careers & Opportunities

Join us in our work. The California College Guidance Initiative brings together a diverse team of passionate professionals from across the state in the service of educational equity. Based within the Foundation for California Community Colleges, we offer competitive compensation and benefit packages and an opportunity to make a positive impact on the futures of millions of California students.