Azusa Pacific University interim president Andrew Barton signs an agreement with the local school district to provide acceptance  and aid to qualified students. 

The local school district added another agreement with a four-year college to assist students with furthering their education beyond high school. Superintendent Cali Binks signed a memorandum of understanding with Azusa Pacific University at the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District’s Dec. 14 board meeting. “We are always excited when we can work with our local universities to provide opportunities for our students, for enrollment and scholarship, and opportunities that help our families,” Binks said. “This evening we have Azusa Pacific with us. I want to thank Azusa Pacific … You are being added to a list of other colleges, universities that are also wonderful.” With the agreement, district students, who meet admissions requirements, receive guaranteed acceptance to Azusa Pacific and a minimum $15,000 scholarship with a grade point average of 3.0 or more, an application fee waiver and support with the application process. Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical, Christian university of nearly 10,000 on-campus students. APU offers 67 bachelor’s degrees, 47 master’s degrees, 18 certificates, nine credentials and nine doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional locations throughout Southern California. Azusa Pacific joins private schools Grand Canyon University in Arizona, University of Redlands, University of La Verne and Cal Baptist University, plus public university Cal State San Bernardino, as colleges the Yucaipa-Calimesa school district has agreements with. Among those at the agreement signing from Azusa Pacific was Robert Duke, PhD, interim associate provost, Faculty Affairs, and a 1992 graduate of Yucaipa High School. Duke, who was the Yucaipa High student board member representative during his senior year, spoke on how going through the local school district has influenced his life. “I definitely feel that Yucaipa High, Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District shaped me and shaped my family,” he said, adding that his parents still live in Yucaipa. “Yucaipa shaped us in various ways when it comes to really thinking how we can change the world through education. “I look forward to this partnership and welcoming many students to Azusa Pacific University.” Duke, who has been at Azusa Pacific for 16 years, closed with: “I am forever indebted to Yucaipa High School and Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.” Also at the signing was Andrew Barton, interim president for Azusa Pacific. “We are excited about this opportunity. We are grateful to be here,” Barton said. Surrounded by board members, Binks and Barton then signed the memorandum of understanding. For more information, visit yucaipaschools.com.


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