College of the Canyons and the William S. Hart Union High School District have created the College and Career Access Pathways partnership to offer eight daytime college classes at high school campuses in the fall semester.
Designed to help prepare students for transfer or for career technical education, the College and Career Access Pathways partnership will allow 180 Hart District high school students to enroll in up to a maximum of five units per term and provide all course materials, including books and equipment necessary for course completion.
“We are very excited about this College and Career Access Pathways partnership with the Hart District that will give participating students concurrent enrollment status at COC,” said Joseph Gerda, interim assistant superintendent/vice president of academic affairs at the college. “It will be tremendously beneficial in helping high school students become college and career-ready.”
The five-year agreement, which began in July 2018 and ends in June 2023, is made possible thanks to Assembly Bill 288 (AB 288), which was passed by the state of California in 2015.
AB 288 allows a community college district to enter into a CCAP partnership with a school district “for the purpose of offering or expanding dual enrollment 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 preparation for transfer, improving high school graduation rates, or helping high school pupils achieve college and career readiness.”