The Paramount Education Partnership, or PEP, is an alliance between the City of Paramount, the Paramount Unified School District and the Paramount Chamber of Commerce. It is dedicated to providing programs and services that increase the academic achievement and educational expectations of the City's residents.
(562) 220-2250, 14400 Gundry Avenue
The Paramount Petroleum Community Learning Center at Spane Park, which supplies a great educational support system for hundreds of local kids and adults at any given time, was opened with the help of a generous financial donation from Paramount Petroleum Corporation.
Grades K-12, Monday thru Thursday, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
This is a tutorial-based program that supports students' classroom activities and assignments. City staff and volunteers help students approach their assignments in an organized and informed manner.
Adults, Monday thru Thursday, 9:15 am to 12:15 pm, $20 per semester
This program is designed for adults who have basic English language skills and need reinforcement in grammar, writing, speaking and reading. Classes are in small groups so that all students are guaranteed individual time and the instructor can better meet their needs. The class uses the PLATO Learning Software, workbooks and educational websites.
Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
The exercise class is aimed at promoting an active lifestyle. If you are looking to improve your cardiovascular efficiency, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, coordination and percentage of body fat, then this fitness class is for you. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis.
The Center also offers parenting classes in partnership with Helpline Youth Counseling, Inc. "Parent Project" is a curriculum that teaches concrete prevention, identification, and intervention strategies for the most destructive of adolescent behaviors (poor school attendance and performance, alcohol and other drug use, gangs, runaways, and violent teens). For more information, please call (562) 220-2250.
The Center offers workshops for parents which focus on nutrition, schooling and other child-rearing subjects. For more information, please call (562) 220-2250.
PEP offers annual scholarships of $1,000 for students attending a community college and $3,000 for students attending an accredited four-year institution within the United States, including vocational/trade/technical schools.
Scholarship applications must be submitted by March 27th. Applications can be picked up at City Hall, the City Yard and various School District sites. They will also be available for download. The winners are announced in May/June. For more information, please contact the Recreation Department at (562) 220-2121.
Download an Application
The following students were selected as this year's recipients of the Paramount Education Partnership college scholarships. Included here are their names, majors of choice, colleges, and Paramount schools attended.
Neurology, UCLA, Paramount Park
Statistics, UCLA, Jefferson & Alondra
Aviation, Long Beach St., Roosevelt & Paramount Park
Nursing, Long Beach St., Roosevelt & Hollydale
Biomedicine, UCLA, unavailable
Geological Sciences, Brigham Young, Idaho, unavailable
Pre-Law, UCLA, Wirtz & Paramount Park
Pre-Law, UC, Santa Barbara, Wirtz & Paramount Park
Psychology, Long Beach St., Hollydale & Alondra
Business Administration, San Diego State, Tanner & Zamboni
Nursing, UC, Irvine, Lincoln & Alondra
English, UCLA, Wirtz & Alondra
Nursing, UC, Irvine, Roosevelt & Paramount Park
Criminal Justice, University of New Haven
Nursing, Long Beach St., Mokler
Anthropology, UC, San Diego, Tanner & Zamboni
Education, Chico St., Tanner & Zamboni
Anahi Moreno Ramos
Psychology, UC, Irvine, Hollydale & Alondra
Pre-Law, UCLA, Lincoln & Alondra
Psychiatry, Brigham Young, Hawaii, Mokler & Alondra
Ezequiel J. Novoa
Chemical Engineering, Claremont McKenna College, Mokler & Alondra
Animation, Long Beach St., Hollydale & Alondra
Emily Michelle Ortiz
Journalism, UCLA, Hollydale & Alondra
Neuroscience, UCLA, Paramount Park
Kaitlin Susan Perez
Pre-Med UC, Irvine, unavailable
Alberto Quintana Jaquez
Aerospace Engineering, UC, San Diego, Zamboni
Pre-Law, Long Beach St., Paramount Park
Vivian Elizabeth Rodriguez
Psychiatry, University of Redlands, Alondra
Pre-Med, UCLA, Wirtz & Paramount Park
Nursing, UC, Davis, Wirtz & Paramount Park
Nursing, Cal State, Fullerton, Hollydale & Alondra
Education, California State, Dominguez Hills, Jackson
Pre-Med, UC, Irvine, Zamboni
Graphic Design, Long Beach St., Mokler & Alondra
Julia Michelle Vartan Casey
Therapy, Life Pacific College, Jefferson & Alondra
Pre-Law, UC, Santa Barbara, Jefferson & Alondra
The 14th annual scholarship fundraiser for the Paramount Education Partnership (PEP) produced $75,000 for college scholarships for local students. A very special thank you to the following donors who contributed to the April fundraiser:
Weber Metals, Inc. $18,000
AltAir Paramount $10,000
Marukan Vinegar (USA), Inc. $10,000
R&N Kroeze Family Giving and Legacy Fund $5,000
Fiesta Taxi Co-Op, Inc. $3,000
Mattco Forge, Inc. $3,000
Willdan Group, Inc. $3,000
Carlton Forge Works $2,500
Horchateria Rio Luna $1,713
CalMet Services, Inc. $1,500
Charles and Margaret Garcia $1,000
Charlie Lyons Properties $1,000
Daryl & Barbra Hofmeyer $1,000
Farmers & Merchants Bank $1,000
Paramount Grocery Outlet Bargain Market $1,000
SC Fuels $1,000
Total American Investment Company $1,000
Zamboni Company $1,000
Gus's Deli BBQ and Grill $800
Alondra Hot Wings $560
All American Wheel Company $500
Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo $500
Ink Head Design & Prints $500
Max B. Martinez, D.D.S. $500
Norwalk True Value Hardware $500
Paramount Elks 1804 $500
Raymond Guillen Income Tax $500
Standard Catering, Inc. $500
Maria MacLean $300
Casa Gamino $250
Gama Zeta Delta Kappa Gamma Society $200
Transportation for Paramount residents is available to Cerritos College and Long Beach City College (Liberal Arts Campus). There are four pick-up and drop-off spots - Orange and Somerset, Century and Orange, Paramount Park and Progress Park. Operating times are Monday through Thursday from 6:30 am to noon and from 3:30 pm to 10:00 pm. The cost is $1 per ride or $25 per semester. For more information, please call (562) 220-2121.
STAR (Success Through Academics & Recreation) is another collaboration between the City (which provides staff) and the Paramount Unified School District (which provides the space). This stimulating afterschool program provides students in grades one through five with academic assistance and recreational activities. STAR makes referrals to students who would benefit from PEP programs and resources.