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California’s early college high schools can improve dual enrollment diversity
Merging high schools and community college classes in areas with a high number of Latino, Black and low-income students is emerging as a way to overcome disparities in who gets to take dual enrollment courses. The schools, known as “early college” or “middle college” high schools, give students access to dual enrollment courses as early as middle school.
Chronic absences rise to record levels in California, but so do graduation rates
Rates of chronically absent students in California in 2021-22 nearly tripled statewide from before the pandemic to record levels. But, the high school graduation rate in 2021-22 reached a record high statewide and rose significantly for most student groups.
Dual enrollment thrives in Central Valley area where few earn college degrees
Kern Community College District has one of the state’s most extensive and fastest-growing dual enrollment programs. There were 8,086 dually enrolled high school students in fall 2021, making it the second in size only to the Los Angeles Community College District.
California community colleges eye a different future amid pandemic disruption
Enrollment at California’s community colleges has dropped to its lowest level in 30 years, new data show. The stark decline has educators scrambling to find ways to meet the changing needs of students who may be questioning the value of higher education as they emerge from the harsh pandemic years.
Chico State wins $13.4 million grant to boost North State teacher workforce
Chico State’s School of Education won a $13.4 million, three-year grant to provide financial aid and other incentives to students in 12 Northern California counties who want to become teachers in their communities.
State announces four new planning grants to streamline transition from education to career
The state announced the recipients of $1 million in planning grants aimed at streamlining the transition from K-12 schools to college and career. The Department of General Services (DGS) announced that it would be awarding $250,000 each to collaboratives in the Bay Area, Central Coast, Northern San Joaquin and Eastern Sierra regions.
Growing numbers of California high schoolers dual enroll in college courses, but access uneven statewide
Earning college credit in high school can be a powerful tool for exposing students to universities and helping them get a leg up on tuition and earning a degree. But access to those courses remains uneven across California.
Windfall for arts education with the likely passage of Prop 28
California K-12 schools will get a windfall of nearly $1 billion annually for drama, music and other arts programs, thanks to the likely passage of Proposition 28 on Tuesday.
Tiny house construction training has Fresno students dreaming big about their futures
Thanks to a partnership with the city of Fresno, Fresno City College is participating in a four-year-long project to build tiny homes for low-income or homeless people throughout the city. The homes will be constructed on campus by students in two construction courses, foundations and framing, and interiors and exteriors.