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Cal-SOAP Honoring Bob Keatinge
updated: Dec 04, 2016, 3:00 PM

Source: California Student Opportunities and Access Program

The Santa Barbara California Student Opportunities and Access Program (Cal- SOAP), a program which helps underserved and underrepresented students with accessing post-secondary education, honored Bob Keatinge for his thirty two years of commitment to the Santa Barbara Cal-SOAP Consortium on December 2nd at the Twelv35 Teen Center.

At the end of the 2015-2016 School year, Bob Keatinge announced he would be retiring and stepping down from the Cal-SOAP Governing Board. The Cal-SOAP Consortium and Governing Board Members will recognize his many years of service and commitment to Cal-SOAP since its inception. Keatinge expressed that he is proud of the work Cal-SOAP has done to help students, many of whom would not otherwise think, to attend college.

In 1984, Bob Keatinge and several other Administrators and educators from SBCC, SBUSD and CUSD saw the opportunity to bring Cal-SOAP to Santa Barbara. At the time, UCSB had been providing Financial Aid Assistance and presentations to the schools but their programs were very scattered. "Bill Cordero thought it would be a good idea to bring Cal-SOAP in to help manage all the services pertaining to college access. He approached me because at the time I was the State and Federal projects Coordinator and could provide the data that was needed to ask for funding."

The Santa Barbara Cal-SOAP consortium began reaching out to an increasing number of students, and provided information and academic support to under- achieving students. The consortium began with 7 Board members and gradually grew with Bob Keatinge maintaining a seat on the Governing Board. By providing academic support, Financial Aid Support, and other resources, Keatinge believes Cal-SOAP plays an important role in helping to increase the accessibility of college education opportunities for low-income and underserved students in our community. The Santa Barbara Cal-SOAP consortium is proud to have had such a dedicated member from the very start.

Cal-SOAP is a statewide program that began in 1976 under the administration of the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). The Santa Barbara Cal-SOAP consortium has been serving the Santa Barbara-Goleta-Carpinteria Area since 1984. The Consortium is funded by the California student aid Commission and administered by Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County.

The mission of the Santa Barbara Cal-SOAP Consortium is to increase the accessibility of post-secondary educational opportunities for low-income, first generation and/or underrepresented junior high and high school students. Cal-Soap is committed to advising, informing, and exposing student and their parents to post- secondary opportunities and resources.


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