A unique partnership designed to provide East County high school students with a smoother path to college and a career was announced today by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and the Grossmont Union High School District.
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Bill Garrett, Cindy Miles, Ralf Swenson, Robert Shield
An agreement formalizing the East County Education Alliance was signed at Cuyamaca College by Bill Garrett, president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board; Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the college district; Robert Shield, president of the Grossmont Union High School District Governing Board; and Ralf Swenson, superintendent of the high school district.
The Alliance was formed to increase collaboration between the two districts so that students are better informed about their college and career options after high school and have a smoother path to college. The partnership has set goals of increasing the number of students who graduate from high school prepared for college, along with increasing the numbers of students who graduate from college ready to enter the workforce.
“Too often, college and high school districts work in silos – they have different funding streams, different governance structures and different cultures,” Miles said. “What we need to remember is we are serving the same students – just at different times in their lives. The East County Education Alliance helps us to do just that.”
Within the next year, Alliance members plan to
· align curriculum so that the lessons students are taught in high school better matches the knowledge and skills they are expected to have at college,
· provide communications to high school students, parents and counselors about how best to prepare for college or a career,
· increase programs allowing high school students to take college classes,
· raise scholarship funds for students who commit to goals that prepare them for college or a career,
· launch a website and communications to keep students, educators, and community members informed about resources, progress, and how to get involved.