Upward Scholars alum Moises Bautista to earn bachelor's degree in December

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In December, when Moises Bautista graduates from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering, he'll be the first Upward Scholars student to earn a four-year degree. 

Moises came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was 18 and attended Cañada College for seven years. It took him that long because he worked full-time, so only had only limited time to study. In addition, he knew very little math, so he had to start with the basics (pre-algebra.) and work his way up to the advanced math he needed to transfer to an engineering program. 

"At Cañada I learned about life," he says. "And Upward Scholars showed me that there are a lot of people in the community who want to help."

Josh Neimark