Legacy Program


The mission of the Legacy Program is to provide students with a strong academic program, instructional resources, and motivational support that will support facilitate their progression toward transferring to four-year institutions.  With its basic skills and transfer level holistic curriculum and interactive activities that emphasize the African American experience in the United States, the Legacy Program is geared specifically toward student populations who are underrepresented in higher academia.


  • Strong support system and personal attention by counselors and instructors
  • Integrated instruction from caring faculty
  • Peer tutoring/supplemental instruction tutoring
  • Motivational/cultural workshops and campus tours
  • Legacy Book Loan Program
  • Mentorship with campus faculty/staff and community members


  • Academic, career, and personal counseling
  • Transfer planning and campus visits to four-year institutions
  • Academic support, such as tutoring, study skills, workshops, and mentors
  • Financial aid, financial literacy, and scholarship assistance
  • Cultural enrichment activities, such as museum visits, events, and performances



Students who qualify for the English classes offered are welcomed to join the program.  All members of the program must take both the English class and the corresponding "linked" course each semester.

Our Classes Include

Legacy students are enrolled in special sections of core courses with the goal of completing a minimum of four transfer eligible courses while in the program.

ENGLISH — Legacy students take English 060 C and English 100 C consecutively. These classes work to improve students’ basic written language skills and to help them develop research methods and critical reading and thinking skills.

COUNSELING — Legacy students also take Counseling 150 C and Counseling 160 C consecutively. These classes help Legacy students improve their study skills, explore career options, develop an academic educational plan, and identify lifetime goals.

ETHNIC STUDIES — While taking English 100 C, Legacy students will be concurrently enrolled in Ethnic Studies 129 C.   These classes offer complementary curriculum so students will be able to take material they learn from both classes to improve their knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of the African-American experience.

MATHEMATICS — Once Legacy students complete the math placement test administered by the Assessment Center at Cypress College or by another college, they will be placed in a mathematics course that corresponds to their tested skill level.


MENTORING — The Legacy Program matches each student with a mentor from the Cypress College faculty and staff who will offer guidance, support, and encouragement during the program year.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIESStudents participate in Legacy sponsored campus and community programs and events throughout the year. The Legacy Program is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about African-American history and culture while developing the skills necessary to be a successful college student.

Additional program information can be located in Cypress College Catalog.
Cypress College Catalog


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