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“Concurrent enrollment” seen as effective strategy to improve transition from high school to college
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today praised Gov. Jerry Brown for signing legislation that will expand high school students’ access to college level coursework, providing them with an early opportunity to acquire academic skills that will help them succeed in college.
Assembly Bill 288 by Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, will create partnerships between high schools and community colleges to allow a broader range of students to take college-level courses at their high schools or on college campuses – what is known as concurrent or dual enrollment.
“These partnerships will help high school students achieve college and career readiness and avoid remedial coursework when they begin their college careers,” Harris said. “This is critical because students who arrive at community colleges academically prepared and with some college credits already under their belt have a greater chance of achieving their goals.”
Harris noted that the new partnerships will expand opportunities for students who may not already be college bound or who are underrepresented in higher education, with the goal of developing seamless pathways from high school to community college for career technical education or transfer preparation. These College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) will focus on the needs of local communities and save students, families and the state time, money and scarce educational resources.
“With the signing of AB 288, thousands of high school students across California will be able to receive expanded concurrent enrollment opportunities,” Assembly member Holden said. “Students who never thought college was possible will realize that college is within their reach and that anyone can rise to the challenge.”
The bill, which takes effect Jan. 1, removes barriers to concurrent enrollment by allowing students to enroll in a maximum of 15 units of coursework if certain conditions are met and prohibits any fee from being charged to high school students in CCAP courses. Additionally the legislation allows community colleges to limit enrollment in a course offered on a high school campus to CCAP students.
The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation composed of 72 districts and 113 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills education and prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. For more information about the community colleges, please visit http://californiacommunitycolleges.cccco.edu/, https://www.facebook.com/CACommColleges, or https://twitter.com/CalCommColleges.