Cerro Coso Community College

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Welcome to NextUp (Real Opportunities for Foster Youth), providing services to Cerro Coso Community College online students and those at the Ridgecrest, Kern River Valley/Lake Isabella, Tehachapi, Bishop, and Mammoth campuses. NextUp assists and aids students who are current or former foster youth/under guardianship.

Services Available

  • Grants, each semester
  • Monthly meal cards
  • Supplemental supplies
  • Transportation Assistance


  • Be a current or former foster youth who was in care on or after your 13th birthday
  • Be under the age of 26 at time of acceptance into the NextUp program
  • Be enrolled in at least 1 unit
  • Former Cerro Coso NextUp students, who have previously aged out, are eligible to return


If you are a current Acces Programs student (participating in EOPS, CARE, DSPS, or CalWORKs), contact Access Programs via email accessprograms@cerrocoso.edu or phone 760-384-6250.

If you are a new student, submit an application by clicking the button below. Be sure to select "YES" on question 5, for "Current or former foster youth."

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If you would prefer a paper application, visit our Access Programs office located at the Ridgecrest Campus behind the OneStop Reception desk on the 2nd floor.

To request a verification letter, call the California Foster Care Ombudsperson's Office at 877-846-1602 or contact your county worker.

For more information, visit the Foster Youth Education Resource Hub.