Creating a Path to Success Program (CAPS)

Since 1978, the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) has served as a statewide ethnic business organization advocating, educating, and promoting the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and the needs of their employees. The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Foundation (CHCCF) was created and incorporated in 2008 and is a 501©(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation. The CHCCF works in tandem with the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) to develop and execute programs that contribute to the capacity and effectiveness of Hispanic organizations and leadership, the growth of Hispanic businesses, and the Hispanic community, to increase economic opportunities, employment opportunities and a better quality of life for our communities. The CHCC and CHCCF currently serve over 125 Hispanic and diverse chambers and business associations.

In 2004, the CHCC created and executed its first CAPS Program cohort at its annual convention and every convention since. The program was instituted to prepare Hispanic college students to graduate, enter the workforce, and be community leaders. CAPS provides the students with opportunities available to them in business, public service, community insights, and entrepreneurial arenas. The curriculum engages students to develop a network of professionals and advisors, learn soft skills that would be an asset to them in the workforce and business world, and most importantly create future leaders for regional Hispanic chambers and the community. The CAPS Program supports both the CHCC’s and CHCCF’s missions and objectives.

Must be, at least, 21 years of age and enrolled in a college/university or higher in the Spring semester/quarter of 2023
Recommended GPA of 3.0 (not mandatory)
Must be a California resident
Demonstrate financial need
Completion of the Application
Background and contact information
Transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions you have attended (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
Submission of Essay(s)
CAPS leadership will be basing their assessments on the candidate’s ability to craft a narrative and express their interest in joining the CAPS program through the essay prompts given. (Candidates will only need to submit ONE essay at a 750-word limit).