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California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Foundation CAPS Program:

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(c)(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, the growth of Hispanic businesses, and Hispanic community, to increase economic opportunities, employment opportunities and a better quality of life for our communities. The CHCC and CHCCF currently serves 90 certified member Hispanic chambers, business associations, and affiliates.

In 2004, the CHCC created and executed its first CAPS Program at its annual convention and at every convention since. The program was instituted to prepare Hispanic college students to graduate and enter the workforce. 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.

To date, over 272 young professionals completed the CAPS program and the CHCCF has maintained communication and relationships with over 80% the alumnus. Coming from throughout California, CAPS are well-educated, dynamic young professionals ready create positive impacts within their communities, contribute to our economy, and empower others to succeed.


Based on a review of the written application materials, the CAPS Program invites 25 applicants to attend a virtual interview. Applicants are notified in March if they are selected as finalists and join the 2021 CAPS Cohort. More information on the interview process is provided to finalists upon notification in February.

Fellows classes are selected from among the finalists based on numerous factors, including: skills and abilities of the individual; diversity of experiences and perspectives among class members; ability of the candidates to learn from and work with each other; regional leadership needs; and others. 

Invitations to successful candidates to join the CAPS Program are extended in March. The CHCC Foundation CAPS Program also maintains a list of alternates who may receive an invitation to join the program later.

The CHCC recognized the need to address the new reality of social distancing, restricted gatherings, and California mandated restrictions during the COVID19 pandemic. The CHCC is equipped to adapt to the needs and realities of event management, outreach, and execution with existing events. As we continue to monitor the statewide restrictions, CHCC Staff will be in communication with all partners to communicate and manage expectations for all events during  and throughout 2021.

  • February 25, 2021 Application Deadline 
  • Late March 2021 Applicants are Notified of Status & Interview Requests 
  • Early April 2021 Final Selection Invitation 
  • April – August 2021 CAPS Program Begins
    • CAPS Orientation (Virtual Session): Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM 
    • Retreat II (Virtual Session): Thursday, April 29, 2021 to Friday, April 30, 2021 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
    • Retreat III (Virtual Session): Friday, June 25, 2021 to Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
    • Retreat IV (Virtual Session): Friday, August 27, 2021 to Saturday, August 28, 3021 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
  • September (Date TBA) 2021 CAPS Presentation at the 2021 CHCC Statewide Convention 

***Note: Dates may be subject to change. 

Based on a review of the online application materials, the CAPS Program will invite 25 applicants to attend a virtual interview, and 20 out of the 25 applicants will be the inducted to the CAPS 2021 Cohort. The CHCC Foundation and CAPS leadership are seeking applicants with the following criteria:

  1. Must be, at least, 21 years of age and enrolled in a college/university or higher in Spring semester/quarter of 2021
  2. Recommended GPA of 3.0 (not mandatory)
  3. Must be a California resident
  4. Demonstrate financial need
  5. Completion of the Application
    1. Background and contact information
    2. Resume
    3. Transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions you have attended (unofficial transcripts are accepted)
    4. Submission of Essay
      1. CAPS leadership will be basing their assessments on the candidate’s ability to craft a narrative and express their interest of joining the CAPS program through the essay prompts given. (Candidates will only need to submit ONE essay at a 750 word limit).

Based on the Assessment Rubric candidates will receive a notification from CAPS Leadership to advance to the Interview segment of the application process.

For additional information about the CAPS Program, application process, or partnership opportunities please contact Michell Nguyen, Chief of Staff, at or (916) 444 - 2221.