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More than 100 Santa Maria Joint Union High School District students are giving up some of their Thanksgiving Vacation to receive help with university applications.

The workshops, which are organized by the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP), are designed to assist students from Santa Maria, Righetti and Pioneer Valley high schools meet application deadlines for UC and CSU systems.

The guidance sessions are being held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday inside the library at SMHS. Students are focusing on personal statements, scholarships and other vital parts of the application process, according to EAOP College Site Coordinator Juan A. Gallardo.

SMJUHSD LCAP Coordinator Steve Molina said the “timing” of the workshops is crucial.

“This is a perfect time to provide our students with the support they need to help them improve their futures,’’ Molina said. “Our assistance makes the process a little easier and gives them confidence.’’

SMJUHSD and UCSB have a partnership that fund three EAOP personnel at Santa Maria, Righetti and Pioneer Valley high schools.

The EAOP personnel provide counseling and review student academic progress and guide them toward the necessary requirements so they can become UC or CSU eligible.

The three UCSB Outreach Consultants are paid for through SMJUHSD’s LCAP Plan and a partnership with the university to provide District-Wide College Preparation Resources.

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