Andrade, who has chosen to become her legislative aide under the Jesse Marvin Unruh Fellowship Program, advised students on completing the A-G academic requirements necessary to gain admission to the UC or Cal State universities. Thanks to Carter's legislative efforts, schools now will be required to notify parents and students in writing of the A-G requirements.
Andrade said the law will help many students and families. "Students and parents need to understand what it takes to get into college. Sometimes it's too late to try to do all the academic requirements and, for that reason alone, they might end up not going to college at all."
Andrade, 24, a 2007 graduate of Cal State Sacramento, was one of 18 individuals selected from a statewide pool of more than 400 applicants to participate this year in the Unruh Fellowship Program. Founded in 1957, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious legislative fellowship programs in the nation. The program was renamed in 1987 to honor Jesse Marvin Unruh, California's former Assembly Speaker and State Treasurer.
The year-long fellowship program provides an introduction to public policy formation and adoption in the California Legislature through full-time work as a professional legislative aide to an Assembly Member.
Andrade, who is from Stockton and has family in the Inland Empire, gained valuable experience and earned awards as an outreach counselor and student government president. He majored in philosophy with a concentration in law and ethics. He interned at the State and Consumer Services Agency in Sacramento.
"I look forward to working under the guidance of Assembly Member Carter in a public service environment where I can put my skills and abilities to the test," Andrade said.
Assembly Member Carter said, "The people selected for the fellowship are the cream of the crop. I am excited to have an opportunity to mentor one of the best and brightest in the state." Assembly Member Carter is honored that Andrade chose her to be his mentor. Sixty Assembly offices vie for 18 fellows who choose which legislator and staff they want to work under.
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