Pre-College Students Explore Careers, Earn College Credit in Career Academy

Barstow Community College’s Career Academy offers free career technical education (CTE) courses to middle and high school students. The Academy emphasizes the completion of certificates and/or degrees. The Challenge Giving pre-college students (6th to 12th graders) the opportunity to explore different career pathways and putting them on the path to completion of a certificate and/or degree. Getting pre-college students to see the relevance between science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and real world jobs. Approach/Strategies Barstow Community College’s Career Academy allows middle...

High School Students Design Product, With Help of Sierra College

Sierra College made a 3-D printer accessible to Colfax High School students, allowing them to design, produce, and market a new invention. The Challenge Getting students engaged and excited through applied learning. Establishing partnerships between high schools and community colleges. Approach/Strategies Sierra College STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Collaborative and the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies at Sierra College made a 3-D printer accessible to Colfax High School students. This allowed students to invent, design, and produce a product, which they were...

“Get Focused…Stay Focused” Gets High School Students College and Career Ready!

Together with local schools and partner organizations, Santa Barbara City College developed “Get Focused…Stay Focused!” to help high schools students transition seamlessly from high school to college. The Challenge Every matriculating student needs a personalized education plan. While the matriculation model assumes that students will define their educational objectives by meeting with a counselor, most students never actually see a counselor. High school students need to develop awareness of career pathways and the educational steps needed to pursue them early, so that their transition from...

New Work-Based Learning Partnership Established with Bon Appetit at Google

The Bay Region Retail, Hospitality and Tourism (RHT) sector met with Bon Appetit to explore and design an internship program for high school and community college students at Google’s campus. The Challenge There is a lack of regional work-based learning opportunities that provide a platform for student awareness and engagement focusing on Retail, Hospitality and Tourism (RHT) Career Pathways. Additionally, high school students are not fully prepared with the soft skills and industry certifications needed to begin an internship successfully. Approach/Strategies The Bay Region RHT Deputy Sector...

Mother-Daughter STEM Program at Evergreen Valley College

Lena Tran, director of business and workforce development at Evergreen Valley College, describes an innovative approach to encourage high school girls to engage in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classes. The Challenge It’s widely known that girls, particularly those in underrepresented populations, are likewise underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classes and careers. This is partially fueled by many girls’ lack of self-confidence in their ability to succeed in STEM. Approach/Strategies Mothers wear many hats, two of which include cheerleader...

The RHT Sector Uses Industry Certification to Teach Customer Service Skills

The Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism (RHT) sector uses the American Hotel and Lodging Association's Guest Service Gold Certification to introduce customer service skills to high school and community Coclege students. The Challenge Industry advisory committees for the Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism sector, as well as many other industry sectors, have repeatedly voiced their disappointment in the customer service skills exhibited by today’s entry level employees. Employers are dissatisfied with how the new employees perform in their interactions with both external and internal customers and...

Health Sciences School Works with Colleges, Employers to Contextualize Ed

Health Sciences High and Middle College High School works in partnership with local colleges and employers to confer college credits and provide opportunities for work-based learning. The Challenge Keeping in-class learning relevant to what is going on in the real world and giving middle and high school students real world experience. Approach/Strategies Health Sciences High and Middle College High School (HSHMC), a charter school, provides an alternative pathway to both college and a career. Working in partnership with Sharp Healthcare, San Diego State University, San Diego City College, and...

High School Core Science Classes Contextualized for Health Science Careers

An SB70 program establishes a well-defined pathway of core science courses leading to health science careers. The Challenge Students often find it challenging to figure out the right combination and sequence of college courses required to prepare for a specific field or job, resulting in a waste of student and institutional resources. Approach/Strategies Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District partnered with secondary education, industry, community partners, and the Chancellor’s Office to implement the Health and Science Pipeline Initiative (HASPI). HASPI created college preparatory (A-...

Community Collaborative Boosts College Enrollment and Retention

The CTE (career technical education) Pathways Initiative's Community Collaboratives foster coordinated, strategic leadership among community college deans by region, to support and improve program effectiveness. The Challenge The Southern and Eastern Sierra Community Collaborative could not determine how many of its secondary students entered higher education prepared for postsecondary courses. Approach/Strategies A system was set up to track data on college credits earned by entering students, and the Collaborative decided to make changes to articulation criteria. This increased the number...

Summer Program Helps High School Seniors Place Higher in Math and English

Norco College’s free Summer Advantage program helps graduating high school seniors place into higher levels of math and/or English, saving students time and money. The Challenge First-time students sometimes place in math and English classes that are below the level they completed in high school. This forces students to take more classes unnecessarily, which means staying in college longer. Approach/Strategies The Summer Advantage Program was launched in 2012 in an effort to provide free Summer Advantage academic workshops to help students from the Corona-Norco Unified School District place...