College of the Sequoias expanded its Tech Prep Consortium to include multiple industry sectors in the Central Valley. The collaboration helped to establish a new charter school focused on career technical education (CTE).
Fostering regional collaboration in order to develop innovative and sustainable programs that have the buy-in, backing, and support of multiple actors, and which highlight weaknesses and minimize redundancies in regional offerings.
College of the Sequoias expanded its Tech Prep Consortium, which was historically focused on agriculture, to include multiple industry sectors in the Central Valley. It secured the participation of K–12 schools, community colleges, businesses and others, and formalized their engagement through agreements that spelled out expectations. By pooling funding from multiple sources, the leaders generated an innovation fund and worked with the Consortium to determine the areas of greatest need and the topics of highest priority. Funding was distributed using a mini-grant system that required partners to write short proposals, which were reviewed and approved by the Consortium.
Data and Outcomes
The first graduating class of Visalia Technical Early College High School attained a 96% college and career transition rate and a 98% graduation rate. Graduating seniors improved their GPA by more than 1.8 points and attendance by more than 6%. 18% of graduating seniors received College of the Sequoias Certificates of Completion in an approved career and technical education program area. The Consortium generated a number of projects that yielded strong returns for students. For example, it helped to establish Visalia Technical Early College High School, a charter school that focuses on career and technical education. Students from any of the district’s four high schools can elect to attend the school, which is located on the College of the Sequoias campus. Thanks to clear articulation agreements and the close proximity to postsecondary offerings, many students receive 15–20 college credits prior to finishing their high school coursework and some attain a college certificate. http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/Portals/0/reportsTB/REPORT_CTEPathwaysInitiative_082613_FINAL.pdf
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Technical Assistance Provider
California Community College Economic and Workforce Development