Express to Success Program - Learning Communities

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Take the fast track to success!


The Express to Success Program (ESP) provides an opportunity for students to move through their required Math and English classes more quickly while participating in a supportive Learning Community (LC) environment. This award-winning program received the 2012 Chancellor's Award for Best Practices in Student Equity. More recently, the National Excelencia in Education organization recognized ESP as its 2014 Example of Excelencia for being the nation's top program for increasing Latino student success in the two-year colleges.

Our ESP LCs include accelerated math and English courses, with a choice of course options so that you can maintain full time status. In either case, the ESP LCs will help you complete your required math and English classes more quickly, while at the same time providing excellent preparation to help you reach your degree or transfer goals. In addition, ESP counselors work with each LC to provide important support services, and Gateway tutors are available to work with you both inside and outside of your LC classes.


 For more information on ESP, we invite you to watch this short video:


For a more in-depth look at ESP, please take a moment to view the longer version of the video:



Click here for a transcript of this video.

Am I eligible for ESP?

If you are not sure if ESP is right for you here are few things to keep in mind:

  • All ESP students must enroll as a full-time student (12 or more units)
  • Students may not enroll in more than 15 units 
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Students may not withdraw from classes without instructor and counselor approval
  • ESP students are making a semester long commitment to their success and must sign a program student success agreement
  • Most ESP LC's are linked courses and cannot be taken separately:
    • English 75 (Integrated reading and writing)
    • English 88 (Accelerated reading and writing)
    • English 110/120 & 89
    • Math 095 & 107
    • Math 107 & 117
    • Math 107 & 120

How do I sign up?

If you would like to sign up for a Learning Community in ESP you must attend an upcoming Registration Advising Session

Our LC's are filling fast! To see a current list of our Fall 2016 LC's including which ones are full click either English or Math

If you are a current LC student please visit the Center for Advising & Student Achievement (CASA) located inside ECC 14 and ask to meet with an ESP counselor during the following walk-up times:

Monday - Friday 

8:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m 

Or for more information contact:


Cosima Celmayster-Rincon
Academic Counselor

Andrew Gil
Academic Counselor

Ismael Ulloa
ESP Advisor

Maria Sanchez 
ESP Staff Support

Denise Lazaro
ESP Staff Support

Alondra Lazaro
ESP Staff Support

Phone: (805) 730-4274

Fax: (805) 730-4278 



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