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March 2012
What's Happening

California Collaborative on District Reform Presentation – Nancy Shulock gave an invited presentation at the 18th meeting of the California Collaborative on District Reform, Looking Forward: Preparing Our Students for a New Workforce, on March 26-27. The meeting focused on workforce trends in California and the U.S., the skills students will need to be prepared for future careers, and the need for better pathways from high school through postsecondary education that students can take to achieve these careers. Nancy discussed the role of the California Community Colleges in the college completion agenda, the system’s present challenges, and its changing priorities. Click here to view the presentation.

CCCAOE Keynote Speaker – Nancy served as a keynote speaker at the California Community College Association for Occupational Education Spring 2012 Conference on March 21. Nancy spoke on the student success agenda in the California Community Colleges. The conference was held in conjunction with the Academic Senate’s Vocational Education Leadership Institute. Click here to view the presentation.

REAL Coalition – The Los Angeles Chamber Education and Workforce Development Department provided IHELP the opportunity to brief the regional chamber directors of the REAL Coalition on its findings to date about community college CTE programs. The LA Chamber will be working with the REAL Coalition to identify opportunities to collaborate on efforts to strengthen employer engagement with colleges and others to increase student success in CTE programs.

PACE Policy Research Panel Convening – IHELP Faculty Associate Su Jin Jez attended the Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) Policy Research Panel Spring Conference on March 22-23. PACE is a research center based at Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Southern California, and seeks to define and sustain a long-term strategy for comprehensive policy reform and continuous improvement in performance at all levels of California’s education system.

A Call for Input on CTE Policy Issues - IHELP researchers are continuing to focus on CTE in the California Community Colleges with the ultimate goal of understanding how state and system policy can best support the operation and effectiveness of the CTE mission. This involves learning how current policies may present barriers to more effective implementation of CTE programs. This research is motivated by the assumption that many of the policies that affect CTE operation were designed primarily with the academic transfer mission in mind and may not work as well for CTE faculty, staff, or students or for employers. IHELP researchers are eager to learn from CTE educators around the state and are scheduling phone calls, site visits, and meetings. Interested individuals are invited to contact us at ihelp@csus.edu.


Feature This Month

Career Opportunities: Career Technical Education and the College Completion Agenda – Parts I and II

This new IHELP brief is a summary of the first two reports in a series titled Career Opportunities: Career Technical Education and the College Completion Agenda. The first report, titled, Part I Structure and Funding of Career Technical Education in the California Community Colleges, analyzes the complex organizational structure and funding arrangements for the CTE mission and the closely related economic and workforce development mission. The second report, Part II Inventory and Analysis of CTE Programs in the California Community Colleges, examines the full set of career-technical certificate and associate degree programs offered by the CCC. Researchers inventory and analyze CTE program offerings across the system as a basis for understanding how well CTE programs are meeting students’ needs to identify, enroll in, and complete programs with real value in today’s labor market. In each report, we identify key issues that will need to be addressed as efforts proceed to increase the effectiveness of CTE in the California Community Colleges. The entire project is guided by a set of criteria, based on a literature review, that characterizes an effective CTE mission.

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Spotlight On


Latinos and Higher Education - A new statewide profile prepared by the Campaign for College Opportunity looks at the college-going rates and completion rates for Latino students in California. The profile highlights the declining enrollment and low completion rates for Latino students despite the rapidly growing Latino population. The report cited data from the IHELP report, Divided We Fail: Improving Completion & Closing Racial Gaps in California’s Community Colleges.

Click here to view the profile.

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