First Year Institute

The First Year Institute at Mendocino College, known as FYI, is a new program providing services to first year college students.  FYI is funded by a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) grant.  The purpose of this grant is to expand educational opportunities and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic students AND expand and enhance academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability.

Students who are in their first year of college AND meet one or more of the following criteria can participate in the First Year Institute:

  • Latino/a
  • First Generation College student (i.e., your parents didn't complete a 4 year college degree)
  • Low Income
  • AB 540 (Dreamers)
  • Underrepresented Population (i.e., Native American, African American, Foster Youth, Homeless Youth or other underrepresented groups)

Participating in FYI will provide first year college students with additional resources designed to help them achieve their educational goals. Resources such as:

  • Taking classes with students who have similar goals
  • A designated college counselor
  • New Student Welcome & Orientation
  • A Summer Bridge Program
  • Faculty Mentors 
  • Student Mentors/Tutors
  • Welcome package to start the school year
  • Visits to Universities
  • Chromebook checkout
  • Calculator checkout
  • And more!

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FYI Student Questionnaire          
FYI Flyer

Acceptance Form               



Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


MacMillan Hall 1200                                                                                                                                                                                            

Program Staff

Yolanda Vazquez, Administrative Assistant

Manuel Galicia, Outreach Specialist

Daniela Azuela, Counselor

Monica Flores, Director