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Education Support Programs

The Fred Finch Education Support Programs (ESP) provide vital funds to existing and future clinicians. This ambitious and innovative initiative consists of two branches: The Education Reimbursement Program and the Degree Assistance Program (DAP). Full- and part-time employees in good standing who have worked with Fred Finch for at least a year are eligible to apply. We firmly believe that investing in our employees and supporting their futures will allow them to help countless individuals in the years to come.

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Degree Assistance Program

Fred Finch designed the Degree Assistance Program (DAP) to provide select employees annual financial support to pursue a course of study leading to a master’s or bachelor’s degree in a field of study related to their work. DAP participants receive up to $10,000 annually toward the cost of completing their education.

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Education Reimbursement Program

The Education Reimbursement Program (ERP) provides financial support to employees completing coursework toward an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree or certification in a field related to their work at Fred Finch. ERP participants receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement for approved educational expenses in a calendar year.

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At FF, we're committed to providing our employees with the support and resources they need to succeed. Whether you're interested in pursuing a degree through the DAP program or completing coursework through the ERP program, we're here to help you achieve your educational goals, enhance your career development and industry knowledge. If you're interested in learning more about these programs or other career opportunities at FF, we invite you to explore our career page or contact us directly at Take the first step towards investing in your future and join our team today!

Former DAP Recipients

Linda Scott, 2024


Linda is a valued Behavior Counselor within the Specialized Wrap Program. Linda has been with Fred Finch since 2020 and had dedicated her skills and educational background to help her community. She is pursuing her master's degree as an LMFT. With the amazing support of her Specialized Wrap family, Linda has continued to receive guidance and education as she moves into her role as a future clinician. Fred Finch has provided Linda a huge opportunity to learn and financially provide for her goals. Linda hopes to continue to provide support to families and the community.

Sirenia Ramirez, 2024


Sirenia is a dedicated Residential Supervisor for the New Crisis Home in Jamul, CA. Sirenia has dedicated the last 8-9 years to working in this field and serving this population of children. DAP has allowed Sirenia to continue to pursue a higher education. Sirenia is attending the National University for her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis to become a behavior analyst and potentially a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional overseeing a residential facility. Sirenia thanks her family, friends, Fred Finch, and mentors. She hopes they all know their support helped her get here. Sirenia believes it is crucial for the kids she works with to have someone to look up to who looks like them and who mirrors their strengths and struggles. 

Ginger Amedio, 2024

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Ginger is a valued Employment Specialist in the Support Services for the Transition Aged Youth (STAY) program.  Fred Finch has provided her invaluable support in pursing her education to achieve a Master's in Social Work at the University of Southern California's Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.  She is motivated and excited to pursue her career goals towards a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in roles providing therapy, advocacy, and eventually to seek leadership roles that allow her to engage actively in partnerships with other community providers and work to enhance our system of care.  Ginger hopes to bring her knowledge, experience, and skills into collaborations with youth, families, programs, and communities.

Dania Rodriguez, 2024

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Dania is a dedicated Behavior Supervisor in the Imperial region within Fred Finch CARES.  The DAP program has granted Dania an opportunity to pursue a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis to become a BCBA and better serve our Fred Finch participants.

Jeff Cole, 2024


Jeff has been a dedicated Administrative Supervisor at Fred Finch since February, 2023. In 2022, he took a leap of faith to embark on a new direction in his personal and professional life. He decided to go back to school to get his Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration. He will complete his program in July 2024.  He has been able to apply both previous professional experience and current education to further our purpose with the communities we serve. 

Natalia Robles, 2024


Natalia is a valued Mental Health Counselor at our Supportive Services for Transition Aged Youth (STAY) program. For her, the DAP has been an answer to continue working towards her purpose in life. Fred Finch has shown her an incredible support towards her aspirations and career’s growth. With this fund she will be able to continue her Master’s in Clinical Counseling at University of San Francisco and pursue her goal to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is excited to bring to her participants and families we serve all the knowledge and skills she is developing through this master’s program.

Patricia Villarreal, 2023


Patricia is a dedicated member of our Therapeutic Behavioral Service (TBS) program in Alameda County. For Patricia, the DAP scholarship is a dream come true and a significant step towards pursuing higher education in the mental health field. Patricia is excited to begin her master's program this fall, where she will further her knowledge and skills in the mental health field. Her passion for helping others and making a difference in the lives of our participants truly reflects the core values of Fred Finch.

Anahi Montoya, 2023

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Anahi is a dedicated Behavior Counselor within the Fred Finch Wrap Connections Program. Her journey with Fred Finch, where she's been instrumental in helping families and children, strongly influenced her decision to pursue higher education. Thanks to the DAP program, she feels genuinely supported on her academic and professional path.

Brenda Ayala, 2023


Brenda, a valued member of the Fred Finch family for almost 4 years, works as a dedicated Behavior Technician Trainer (BTT) in the Imperial region for CARES, positively impacting the lives of our participants and their families.

Brenda's commitment and passion for our mission have earned her this well-deserved recognition. With the DAP award, Brenda is pursuing a master’s degree in special education (Applied Behavioral Analysis) to become a BCBA and better serve our Fred Finch participants.

Addie Rosales, 2023


Addie is a dedicated Mental Health Counselor, playing a pivotal role in our Counseling Enriched Classrooms for School & Educational Services Program. The DAP program has granted Adelayne a remarkable opportunity to pursue her educational aspirations, as she diligently works towards a BA in psychology. The availability of this scholarship has not only eased her financial path but also ignited a sense of profound gratitude and motivation.

Alisha Smith, 2023

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Alisha works as a Lead Skills Coach with Wrap Connections. She has always dreamed about becoming a licensed Marriage and family therapist/Licensed Community Counselor, so she can continue to help and work with families in the community . The DAP award fund is allowing her to pursue this dream. Thank you Fred Finch. 

Rosa Park, 2023

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Rosa Park, EHR Specialist, is pursuing for MSW degree from the University of Michigan with her DAP funds and will be graduating in 2025. Upon graduation, she plans to continue working at Fred Finch as a clinician.

Vanessa Ramos, 2023

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Vanessa Ramos, a Child and Family Team Meeting Facilitator, was among one of this year's DAP recipients. She is so thankful for the opportunity to continue her education with peace of mind going into furthering her studies.

Francesca Rankin, 2023

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Francesca went through an extensive and competitive process, voted for by the Fred Finch Board of Directors, and will receive a $10.000 scholarship to continue to advance her education. 

Karlianne Rubcic, 2021, 2022

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Karlianne knew when she joined Fred Finch that she ultimately wanted to be a therapist. With DAP funding she began a master's program in Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University in the fall of 2021 and will be graduating in 2024. She plans to continue her clinical work at Fred Finch in the years follow and possibly pursue doctoral studies in the future. 

Lucas Maia, 2020, 2021

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Lucas Maia, a Behavior Technician for CARES, will be starting his studies toward a BA in Psychology at CSU San Marcos and, while he’s undecided about the specific professional path he will take, his priority is to be of greater help to the families he works with. 

Andrea Jones, 2021

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Andrea Jones, Specialist Counselor at Rising Oaks and formerly Turning Point, is transferring to Humboldt State University to pursue a BA in Social Work. This award will enable her to become a first-generation college graduate and be a beacon for underprivileged youth.

Glenda Cruz, 2020

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Glenda Cruz, a Therapeutic Behavioral Services worker for TBS San Mateo, will be pursuing an MA in Counseling with her DAP funds. She joined Fred Finch just the year prior, but she new she wanted to work with children since she was 15.

Karina Helgeson, 2020

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Karina Helgeson, Regional Development Manager in Southern California, is using her DAP funds to pursue a BA in Communications. She started as a Family Partner with Fred Finch over ten years ago, demonstrating her commitment to the youth and families we serve. 

Katie Estberg, 2020

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Katie Estberg, a Regional Clinical Supervisor for CARES, had only worked with Fred Finch for a year but her commitment and dedication was immediately evident. With DAP funding, Katie will be completing coursework to prepare for a PsyD.

Mark Blackshear, 2020

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Mark Blackshear, a Behavior Counselor for Specialized Wraparound, has worked in three other Fred Finch programs since he joined the agency in 2014. He will be pursuing an MA in Counseling with DAP funding.  

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