ICT Training for the 21st Century

Bay Area Community College Consortium colleges joined forces to establish a remotely shared ICT Lab Facility (Netlab) to serve information and communications technology (ICT) students who need the hands-on skills demanded by ICT employers. The Challenge ICT students needed hands-on experience demanded by ICT employers. Supporting a NETLAB system (which provides this experience) by each college requires tremendous cost, time and expertise. In many cases, faculty maintained these individual systems in addition to their teaching load. Approach/Strategies Instructors have been discussing the...

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...

IT Technician Pathway Developed for Statewide Use

Aligning and filtering the many Information Technology (IT) training options to a simple step-by-step job entry pathway--with stackable credentials to follow--was the goal of this statewide effort. The Challenge In a sector with several thousand certificates and programs with little apparent consistency, there is a great need to simplify the decision-making for students who would otherwise leave college in less than a year, out of confusion or mismatch of their needs and the academic structure. Specific criteria for branded pathways help ensure that colleges can easily offer them using...

Edu-Preneurs Program Gives Teachers Tools to Teach Entrepreneurship

Edu-Preneurs is designed to get teachers, industry, and the community together to address small businesses issues and to ensure that entrepreneurship skills are taught in high schools and colleges. The Challenge The challenge was two-fold: To help high school teachers and community college faculty infuse teaching of entrepreneurial skills into their courses; and To make sure that regional small business needs are understood by regional high school teachers and community college faculty, so that these teachers and faculty can help incorporate training to meet small business needs in their...

Pathways at Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College (PCC) leverages district and federal resources to operate "PCC Pathways," a comprehensive approach designed to ensure that students identify and complete their academic goals in a timely manner. The program guarantees students full schedules -- including difficult-to-get English and math courses -- in the fall and spring semesters of their first year and provides them with the critical support they need outside of the classroom. PCC Pathways goes beyond merely a "first-year experience," however, by offering to students a second-year component as well. In 2015-16 more...

Workshop: Effective Enrollment Management Is Everyone's Business

In August 2015, the Association of Chief Business Officials, Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (administered by the State Chancellor's Office), and Success Center for CCC (administered by the Foundation for CCC) hosted two two-day workshops (one in the North and one in the South) on effective enrollment management strategies. The workshop at Riverside City College (August 20th and 21st) was recorded. The linked videos include the following presentations: Nuts and Bolts of Enrollment Management : A general overview of the collaborative process of managing enrollment, including...

Long Beach City College, California State University, Long Beach and Long Beach Unified School District Receive Award for Innovation in Higher Education

The Long Beach College Promise partners propose the academic collaboration between Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College, California State University, Long Beach, and the City of Long Beach as the definitive candidate for California’s Awards for Innovations in Higher Education. These partners have pioneered a community model for seamless, supportive student pathways to timely college completion. The nationally lauded Long Beach College Promise is the state’s most original educational effort working innovatively to increase the number of California students who transfer...