To provide information about postsecondary education and financial aid to elementary through high school students while raising their academic achievement levels. In particular, Cal-SOAP is committed to providing services to students from any of the following backgrounds:

  • Low income families

  • Families in which they would be the first to attend college

  • Schools with documented low eligibility or college participation rates or

  • Geographic areas with documented low eligibility or college participation rates

Cal-SOAP Staff





Assistant Director



Associate Director/

College Advisement



Academic Coordinator



Fiscal Administrator


Assistant to the Director





Working under the direction of the California Student Aid Commission, the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) has represented the educational community throughout the state since 1978. The program is operated in partnership with the University of California system, the California State University system, local non-profit agencies, and public elementary and secondary school districts.

The San Diego and Imperial Counties Cal-SOAP Consortium is one of the largest of the Cal-SOAP consortia throughout the state. The consortium serves San Diego County as well as Imperial County. San Diego and Imperial Counties Consortium offers a broad range of services tailored specifically to serve both urban and rural populations.

Central Coast Cal-SOAP Consortium

Central Valley Cal-SOAP Consortium

East Bay Cal-SOAP Consortium

Gilroy Cal-SOAP Consortium

Long Beach Cal-SOAP Consortium

Los Angeles Cal-SOAP Consortium

Merced County Cal-SOAP Consortium

Northcoast Cal-SOAP Consortium

Sacramento Cal-SOAP Consortium

San Francisco Cal-SOAP Consortium

San Jose Cal-SOAP Consortium

Santa Barbara Cal-SOAP Consortium

Solano Cal-SOAP Consortium

Southern San Joaquin Cal-SOAP Consortium

Academic Coordinator

Imperial Valley




Cal-SOAP Staff


Assistant Director

Imperial Valley


 Cal-SOAP Components

Through a network of trained staff members and college students, Cal- SOAP offers support and assistance to college and academic counselors, and middle and high school students and their families. While services are typically delivered to nearly 10,000 students per year, the personal attention that has become Cal- SOAP's hallmark is never sacrificed. The program is built around the following components:

College and Financial Aid Information and Advisement

Cal-SOAP manages a team of highly trained college students to serve as the program's primary resource of outreach. These College Readiness Coaches (CRCs) are trained to provide support for school counseling personnel in select San Diego and Imperial County high schools. CRCs at these schools address the needs of students through 1:1 meetings, classroom presentations and in small groups. At these sessions, information is disseminated about college options, the college application process, financial and career options, college essay writing and scholarship search. Additionally, CRCs serve as role models -- those students who have successfully navigated the often choppy waters of college admissions and financial aid. Cal-SOAP also offers numerous Cash for College Financial Aid Workshops each year between October and March to help students and families fill out the FAFSA or Dream Act application. Cal-SOAP also offers workshops to help seniors complete college admission applications.


Academic Enrichment and College Entrance Test Preparation

Cal- SOAP recognizes that academic success in school will provide more options for students after high school. The Academic Coordinators provide free, quality PSAT/SAT/ACT preparation services through workshops, summer programs and classroom programs.


College: Making It Happen (CMIH)

Cal-SOAP believes in empowering parents/guardians and the community to understand the college process early. Through dissemination of information about post-secondary education, both community and parents are encouraged to be informed, be involved and to be inspired to assist students. College Making It Happen (CMIH) is a program that informs middle school parents about A-G requirements, academic achievement and college options; provides college admission, deadlines and financial aid information; and provides parents an opportunity to learn about and discuss parent/guardian education issues, the college search process and more.

 Cal-SOAP Programs

College Advising

Cal-SOAP's advisement component utilizes a network of College Readiness Coaches trained to provide support for school counseling personnel at targeted high schools in the San Diego and Imperial Counties. College Readiness Coaches serve as role models and work with approximately 8,000 high school students in small groups and one-on-one intensive advisement. They share personal college experiences and help students with numerous tasks, including how to complete applications for college and financial aid, a-g requirements, SAT/ACT, scholarship searches, and career exploration.

Contact Everlyn Kheo at pkheo@sandi.net or 619-295-1502 ext. 108 for more information.

College Fair

Cal-SOAP is involved in several College Fairs. Every October, Cal-SOAP hosts its own College Fair which is free to parents, students and college representatives. Numerous colleges and organizations attend and the event also offers breakout sessions on specialized topics. 

Cal-SOAP coordinates with NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) each spring for a second College Fair which is free to parents and students. Representatives from numerous colleges and universities participate.

Test Preparation

Cal-SOAP test preparation programs provide students with test-taking strategies and encourage students to take all their college entrance exams in a timely manner.

SAT/ACT Preparation Workshops for juniors are offered at various times throughout the year. Check the Workshops section for a list of events. Other test-prep workshops are held by request.

Contact Karla Whitaker at kkwhitaker@ucsd.edu or 619-295-1468 ext. 107 for more information.

SAT Scholars

This is a six-session intensive preparation course held during the summer to prepare high school students to take the PSAT and SAT. It is conducted in partnership with University of San Diego Test Preparation Courses. The online application is posted each February and is due in mid-April. Go to the Workshops section of our website for information and a link to the online application.

Contact Karla Whitaker at kkwhitaker@ucsd.edu or 619-295-1468 ext. 107 for more information.

SWAG (Students With Academic Goals)

SWAG is a 3-week SAT Preparation program held in June to prepare high school students to take the SAT. It is conducted in partnership with Bayview Church, San Diego State University and UC San Diego. The online application is posted each January and has a priority deadline in March. Go to the Workshops section of our website for information and a link to the online application.

Contact Karla Whitaker at kkwhitaker@ucsd.edu or 619-295-1468 ext. 107 for more information.


This program and service is provided at the request of schools, teachers, parent groups, or community organizations. Its purpose is to disseminate information to educators and students regarding higher academic achievement and post-secondary opportunities. Topics range from test preparation to college admissions essays to financial aid.

Special Events

Cal-SOAP partners with local colleges and universities for event such as: Dare to Dream College: the African American Experience, Senior Jump Starts, HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) events, Higher Ed Week, etc.

Cal-SOAP Consortium

The San Diego and Imperial Counties Cal-SOAP Consortium

There are numerous California Student Opportunity and Access Program Consortia, each serving a specific geographic area of the state, and all working toward a common goal: providing information about post-secondary education and financial aid, and raising the achievement levels of students from low-income families, from schools or geographic areas with documented low eligibility or college participation rates, or from families in which they would be the first to attend college.

Working under the auspices of the California Student Aid Commision, the Cal-SOAP Consortia represent the educational community: the University of California, California State University, California Community Colleges, independent colleges, public schools and local non-profit agencies.


Johnna Sangster
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92131
P: 858.635.4633
F: 858.635.4555
E: johnna.sangster@alliant.edu
W: Alliant International University

Sandra Carrillo
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096
P: 760.750.4854
E: scarrill@csusm.edu
W: CSU San Marcos

Jessica Murguia
900 Rancho San Diego Parkway
El Cajon, CA 92019
P: 619.660.4422
F: 619.660.4279
E: jessica.murguia@gcccd.net
W: Cuyamaca College

Heriberto Vasquez
8800 Grossmont College Drive
El Cajon, CA 92020-1799
P: 619.644.7844
F: 619.644.7967
E: heriberto.vasquez@gcccd.net
W: Grossmont College

Mary Nishikawa
PO Box 1043
La Mesa, CA 91944-1043 
F: 619.644.8094
E: mnishikawa@guhsd.net 
W: Grossmont Union High School District

Miguel Rahiotis

720 Heber Avenue

Calexico, CA 92231

P: 760.768.5502

F: 760.768.8435

E: mrahioti@mail.sdsu.edu

W: San Diego State University, Imperial Valley

Rosalie Lopez
380 E. Aten Road PO Box 158
Imperial, CA 92251-0158
P: 760.355.6426
F: 760.355.6147
E: rosalie.lopez@imperial.edu
W: Imperial Valley College

Karla Trutna
7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111
P: 619.388.2632
F: 619.388.5767
E: ktrutna@sdccd.edu
W: Mesa College

Sonny Nguyen
10440 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92126
P: 619.388.7357
E: tvnguyen@sdccd.edu
W: Miramar College

Nancy Rohland-Heinrich
11255 N. Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037
P: 858.642.8824
F: 858.642.8749
E: nrohland@nu.edu
W: National University

1140 West Mission Road Building TCA-1
San Marcos, CA 92069
P: 760.744.1150 x3680
W: Palomar College

Raquel Aparicio
3300 Lomaland Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
P: 619.849.2296
E: RaquelAparicio@pointloma.edu
W: Point Loma Nazarene University

Tavaris Franklin
1313 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
P: 619.388.3979
E: tfrankli@sdccd.edu
W: San Diego City College

Tracy Wilson
6401 Linda Vista Road, Room 325
San Diego, CA 92111
P: 858.569.5459
E: Tracy.wilson@sdcoe.net
W: San Diego County Office of Education

Jason Maher
4100 Normal St, Wing C
San Diego, CA 92103
P: 619.894.6684
F: 619.725.7319
E: jmaher@sandi.net
W: San Diego Unified School District

Shareka White
5500 Campanile Drive, MC 8222
San Diego, CA 92182
P: 619.594.0811
E: snwhite@mail.sdsu.edu
W: San Diego State University

Kellie Nehring

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110

P: 619.260.2234

F: 619.260.7508

E: knehring@sandiego.edu

W: University of San Diego

Deborah Kammerer
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0075
P: 858.534.0085
E: dkammerer@ucsd.edu
W: UC San Diego

Patricia Bacame

Vice Chair
3960 Park Boulevard D
San Diego, CA 92103
P: 619.297.4471 x17
E: pbacame@wahupa.org

Shakerra Carter


3375 Camino del Rio South, Suite 100

San Diego, CA 92108

P: 619.388.6547

F: 619.388.6970

E: scarter001@sdccd.edu

W: San Diego Community College District

Nancy Castro Nieto


1130 Fifth Ave

Chula Vista, CA 91911

P: 619.585.6045

F: 619.407.4982

E: nancy.castronieto@sweetwaterschools.org

W: Sweetwater Union High School District

Denise Cabanilla


1398 Sperber Road

El Centro, CA 92243

P: 760.312.6190

F: 760.312.6565

E: dcabanilla@icoe.org

W: Imperial County Office of Education

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