Itzel Rodriguez, 18, is presented with a college scholarship and the Golden Sail Award from Zayda Garcia, center, and Sandy Lutz during the El Viento Flight 6 graduation celebration at Golden West College on Friday. (SCOTT SMELTZER, HB Independent / June 23, 2013)

Eight students from the Oak View neighborhood-based El Viento program graduated Friday at the Golden West College Student Center after receiving years of ocean-based enrichment during the summer and general academic support throughout the year.

El Viento is an organization that takes students in the underprivileged, mostly Latino, Oak View neighborhood — between Warner and Slater avenues and Beach Boulevard and Gothard Street — and helps them get into college.

Now that they've graduated, the program will pay for these students' first two years of college. The nonprofit group raises money through donations.

—Alicia Lopez