Golden State Pathways
The Golden State Pathways Program creates a new competitive grant program to improve college and career readiness in California high schools. The program dedicates funding to high school approaches like Linked Learning, which seamlessly blends college preparation with career technical learning for students of all abilities—providing them with a full range of experiences and support so they can choose college or career or both after graduating high school. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to transform our educational systems, meaningfully engage our young people, and develop the workforce of tomorrow, and the Linked Learning Alliance is here to support your district in implementing the Golden State Pathways Program funds.
Golden State Pathways Elements
- Integrated program of study that includes A-G and at least one other element of the College/Career Indicator
- Opportunity for at least 12 postsecondary credits applicable to a degree or certification program through California College and Career Access Pathway, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
- Work-based learning opportunities, with an emphasis on internships and apprenticeships
- An integrated standards-based academics with a career-relevant, sequenced curriculum following industry-themed pathways that are aligned to high skill, high-wage, high-growth jobs in their regional economy and/or the state economy
- Articulated pathways from high school to postsecondary education and training that are aligned with the workforce development needs of their regional economy
- Collaboration with other local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, local and regional employers, and other relevant community interest holders to develop, or expand upon the availability of, innovative college and career pathways that align with their regional labor market needs
Supporting Your Golden State Pathways Journey
The Linked Learning Alliance is here to support your district to develop high-quality Golden State Pathways using the Linked Learning approach. We offer a wide range of coaching, capacity building, networks, and more to ensure your educators, partners, and community are set up for successful college and career pathway work.
Getting Started with Linked Learning
The Linked Learning Alliance is working across California and the nation to advance practices and policies that will help ensure one million more young people have access to high-quality, equitable educational experiences that are proven to lead to postsecondary success. With two guides, for educators and school leaders and for school district leaders, Getting Started with Linked Learning supports pathways at their early stages to flourish into high-quality, rigorous college and career readiness programs.
Asset Mapping and Implementation Planning
The Linked Learning approach should be adapted to each community's context and build on local strengths. To customize their practice in these ways, districts can embark on a process of asset mapping and implementation planning. Asset mapping identifies resources that could be leveraged and aligned to strengthen pathways and results. Informed by insights from the asset mapping exercise, district stakeholders collaborate to create a typically 12-month implementation plan that clarifies goals, priorities, action items, and commitments. The Alliance offers coaching and tools to support both.
Coaching and Capacity Building
Deepen local capacity through ongoing, job-embedded coaching and professional development. The Alliance's coaching and capacity building services cultivate district, site, and pathway leadership to develop the conditions and systems to implement equitable Linked Learning pathways.
Linked Learning Certification
Research shows quality is key to Linked Learning experiences that prepare students to succeed in college and career. Linked Learning Certification establishes clear standards for implementing the approach with fidelity. Schools with certified pathways show their dedication to continual improvement, unlock real benefits for all students—and are recognized for their commitment to excellence and equity in education.
Linked Learning Networks
Linked Learning Networks bring educators together several times each year over a period of one or two years to advance a shared agenda. Working as a community of practice, participants innovate, scale and improve Linked Learning and its results. They motivate and inspire each other, share ideas and resources, and develop and spotlight tools and solutions to common challenges.
Linked Learning Webinars
Linked Learning webinars bring together educators, community leaders, industry partners, and researchers to explore specific timely topics related to Linked Learning communications, policy, practice, and research. The Alliance offers Linked Learning webinars throughout the year.
Ensuring the GSP dollars result in increased college completion, meaningful employment, and equitable outcomes will require increased coherence across our education and workforce systems. To meet this moment, the Linked Learning Alliance is teaming up with Career Ladders Project and The Education Trust–West to co-lead an effort called Fast Forward California.
Our aim is to address the persistent gaps between our K–12, higher education, and workforce systems to accelerate students on the path to both college and career success.
STUDENT VOICES FOR THE VISION
of students support the California State Legislature’s Golden State Pathways Program investments.
of students wish that other students could have the same opportunity to experience a college and career pathway.
of students feel their high school experience in a college and career pathway has been valuable.
“I support the California Legislature’s proposal because I think it’s a great opportunity for other students… I believe every high school student should have an experience similar to mine.”
- Junior, San Bernardino City Unified School District
“I believe...this program would be really helpful to a lot of students who wish to further learn their passion or make career decisions after high school. [These programs] should be strongly advocated for.”
- Senior, Porterville Unified School District
How Golden State Pathways Connect the Dots
Golden State Pathways work in concert with existing college and career preparation efforts taking place in California communities today. Sharing common goals and characteristics, these programs can only deliver the pronounced, statewide results we want to see if we implement them in coordination with each other, and in alignment with each community’s vision of college and career readiness.