"Based on current census data, fewer than 25% of the 43, 745 La Habrans aged 25 and older have attained a Bachelor's degree from college. An additional 8% have earned an Associate’s (2-year) degree. These figures demonstrate how few of our high school students come from homes where parents have any college experience and ever fewer whose parents completed a college education. This means that fewer than 6,000 school-age children in La Habra likely lack the support necessary to navigate through the difficult college admissions process. Nor are they likely to have in the in-home support needed to succeed once they are actually in college.


Many La Habrans grew up here. Advance! has become one of the beacons drawing former La Habrans to return, attracting those with college degrees and experience. Future census data will prove the lasting impact that the founders and staff of Advance! have on La Habra as the percentage of college-educated young people rise and, with them, the economic and social advancement a college degree brings.


This illustrates the critical need that Advance! has met over the past decade and continues to address as each high school class year begins to explore its options after graduating from our high schools. What a marvelous resource for La Habra’s high school students. It is a nonprofit organization that is uniquely La Habra!"


Michael Blazey

La Habra City Council [Mayor 2015]





“North Orange County and La Habra are extremely fortunate to have an asset like Advance! provide vital college information and services to our teens. The Boys and Girls Club of La Habra is proud to be a collaborator.”


Mark A. Chavez

Executive Director of the La Habra Boys and Girls Club




“Preparation for your career choices begins in high school. Advance! will show you how to make the best choices.”


Mark Sturdevant

President, La Habra Area Chamber of Commerce

Contributing book author, "Leading America"




“Advance! is critical program for our community which helps guide our young people as they prepare to successfully graduate from high school and move on to higher education in pursuit of their careers.”


Jim Sadro

La Habra City Manager




“Advance! Has been a great resource for all of the City of La Habra’s high school students as they prepare for their future college entrance process.
  The “La Habra Goes to College” event has become an important community event for our young people.”


Sal Failla

La Habra Director of Community Services





“We are fortunate and grateful at La Habra High to have Advance! in our community as a resource for our students and families. What can be an intimidating and daunting process for any student, Advance! helps students and families apply to college, get financial assistance and achieve the college dream.


As principal of LHHS, I could not be more thankful to have this resource down the street for our school. We Highlanders are very fortunate and thank Advance! for being a partner with us in changing students’ lives and being part of our college-going culture”


Dr. Karl Zener

Principal, La Habra High School









501 S Idaho St, Suite 230
La Habra, CA 90631

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