Alejandra Mahoney is the Director of Education, and as a Santa Maria resident, has been with PSHH for 12 years. Born in Costa Rica and raised in Guadalupe, CA, Alejandra holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies from the University of the State of New York and has previous work experience at Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, Fitzgerald Community School and Santa Barbara County Office of Education.
PSHH’s education program includes 12 on-site learning centers located in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties where educators provide after school tutoring in literacy and math, homework help, college prep classes and summer camp programs. The program currently serves more than 470 students with the expected outcomes of:
- 90 percent of third graders reading at or above grade level
- 75 percent of fifth graders testing at or above grade level in mathematics
- Less than 5 percent absenteeism rate for all students
- 100 percent high school graduation or equivalency by age 19
Adult residents also benefit from the site-based learning centers with access to career training and workforce readiness programs in addition to workshops, seminars and courses for small business owners and entrepreneurs.