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Expanding Access to College Courses: Effective Practices for College and Career Readiness

Recorded on April 06, 2017

This webinar was co-sponsored by the California Comprehensive Center at WestEd, the California Department of Education, and the Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. 

How can educators expand high school student access to college courses and strengthen the pipeline from school to college and career?

Schools across California and the United States are implementing a variety of models to increase the number of students taking college courses and earning college credit in high school.

This webinar explores how, with effective implementation and supports, high schools can prepare more students for success in college and careers, especially first-generation college students and traditionally underserved students.

Who Will Benefit

  • K-12 district superintendents and administrators
  • Principals and site administrators
  • Community college administrators and faculty
  • School board members and parent leaders
  • Researchers and grant-makers

What You Will Learn

  • The features of successful high school programs in California, including early and middle college high schools
  • Students’ perspectives on taking college courses in high school
  • Outcomes for first-generation college students, and students under-represented in four-year colleges or universities
  • Challenges and key considerations for providing high school students access to college courses

The following consultants from the California Department of Education answer questions about implementing successful high school programs:

  • Carolyn Hamilton, Education Programs Consultant, Career and College Transition Division
  • Wendi McCaskill, Education Fiscal Services Consultant, School Fiscal Services Division
  • Sandi Ridge, Education Programs Consultant, Charter Schools Division

Webinar Presenter(s):

James Espinoza San Bernardino Middle College High School
Sara Lundquist Santa Ana College

Materials from the Webinar