Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel

Southern California Chapter

Class of 2016-2017

Albaro Martin, Director Pre-College Programs, UR Riverside
Claudia Garcia, UB Outreach Specialist, Norco College
Angel Orta-Perez, UB Coordinator, Moreno Valley College
Joshua R. Bilbrew, Director Educational Talent Search, CSU Fullerton
DaWayne Denmark, DirectorSSS Veterans, CSU Dominguez Hills
Yanet Lopez, Coordinator Barrio Logan College Institute
Victor M. Rojas Jr., UB Director, CSU Fullerton 
Patricia Espinosa, UB Director, College of the Desert 
Amel Khan, UBMS Director, CSU Dominguez Hills
James Johnson, UB Assistant Director, CSU Long Beach
Conrad D Valdez, UBMS Coordinator, CSU San Bernardino
Angie Alvarez, Talent Search Educational Advisor, Pasadena City College 
Sara Calderon, UB Program Coordinator, CSU San Bernardino

Academy was developed to give back to its members by providing professional development opportunities focused on career advancement. The academy is a fast track training program designed to prepare TRIO personnel who aspire to serve in the capacity of a director in the near future. The program is also designed to enhance management competencies of new directors with 12-18 months of experience.


Enhance participants’ management and leadership competencies through skill development, mentoring, and networking
Develop a diverse pool of professionals and managerial talent for higher level positions
Improve retention of up-and-coming Trio professionals and managers
Develop participants’ awareness of career upward mobility options in post-secondary institutions of higher education​


This year’s academy will serve up to 15 participants. The training dates and location for the year 2017-2018 will be announced in Summer 2017.

The tuition cost for the academy is $1,000 dollars per participant. Participants who are selected for this year’s academy will receive a $300 dollar professional development scholarship, thereby reducing tuition to $700 dollars. The tuition fee includes materials, supplies, and most meals.

This opportunity is only available to current WESTOP members. 

The Application window is currently closed.  Please check back in of August 2018. 

Professional Development Academy