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First-Generation College Students Celebrated at Peoples’ Self-Help Housing College Signing Day

First-Generation College Students Celebrated at  Peoples’ Self-Help Housing College Signing Day

Students from Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s College Club educational program were recognized at a special College Signing Day celebration on May 6. Click here to see more photos.

San Luis Obispo, Calif., May 17, 2018 – This month, Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) celebrated College Signing Day and the hard work and dedication of its students. Showcasing scholastic achievement, the ceremony was held May 6 in Orcutt, CA and honored students living at its properties, who have committed to attending college, many of whom will be the first in their family to attend.

“College Signing Day is one of the very best days of the year” said PSHH President & CEO John Fowler. “This marvelous day represents the immense effort you have made and the tremendous number of hours you have worked to further your education. Your hard work, incredible efforts at keeping your grades up, your assignments completed, and dedication to your classes has paid off and you are now on an amazing journey.”

All of the honorees are members of PSHH’s College Club, a program providing students a vibrant environment to prepare for and succeed in higher education. Through mentorship and ongoing emotional support, the program continues its support to students beyond high school, throughout their studies at college and even to those advancing to master’s degrees.

This year, College Signing Day participants accepted offers to attend UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, Cal Poly SLO, Cal Poly Pomona, CSU Channel Islands, Northern Arizona University, Laguna College of Art + Design, Cuesta College, Allan Hancock College and Santa Barbara City College.

Students celebrated included (by home city):

Arroyo Grande
Hannah Hernandez

Uriel Lopez

Jennifer Ortiz Mosqueda , Christian Peña, Cindy Perez, Leonardo Vargas , Jessica Zamora

Yesenia Beas, Jennifer Bribiesca , Jennifer Del Callejo , Ivett Flores, Jesus Garcia, Leonardo Ochoa, Angel Pereyra, Allan Ramirez, Ignacio Ramirez, Katerin Umanzor, Allison Villa

Los Alamos
Lizbeth Botello

Los Osos
Phenphisut Withun-at

Morro Bay
Caitlyn Bustamante Rojas

Anthony Hernandez, Edgar Perez, Giovanny Ramos-Avila

Paso Robles
Pedro Hernandez, Jackie Ibarra

Pismo Beach
Britney Bacio

San Luis Obispo
Alex Ramos

Santa Maria
Berenice Bautista, Corina Espinoza, Alejandra Estrada, Max Estrada, Monserrath Gomez, Daniel Maldonado, Lizbeth Nicolas, James Salcedo, Natalie Sanchez, Regina Saucedo, Cynthia Trujillo, Angelica Vargas

About College Club
College Club is a part of PSHH’s year-round programming, which offers on-site educational support for children from kindergarten through college. Dedicated educators focus on building academic skills and fostering a lifelong love of learning. For more information or to support financially, please visit

About College Signing Day
Launched in 2014 by First Lady Michele Obama, College Signing Day celebrates the importance of reaching past a high school education whether at a professional training program, community college or a four-year university.

About PSHH
Founded in 1970, PSHH is the largest nonprofit affordable housing developer on the Central Coast. With a mission of building homes and providing site-based services that offer opportunities to change lives and strengthen communities. PSHH serves low-income working families, seniors and veterans and provide welcoming environments for those living with disabilities and the formerly homeless. It also provides homeownership opportunities through an owner-builder, “sweat equity” program that has seen nearly 1,200 homes successfully constructed. Through its properties and offices, PSHH has a presence in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, manages over 1,800 rental units, and employs nearly 200 staff members. For more information on PSHH, visit, email or phone (805) 781-3088.