All posts by Michelle Maitre
Officials said free test prep will "level the playing field" for all students.
June 2, 2015
Changes would ease the transition from community colleges to UC campuses.
May 31, 2015
State hands out $244 million in grants under the California Career Pathways Trust.
May 27, 2015
College and career readiness sparking a renewed interest in programs.
May 26, 2015
Intel gives $5 million to boost computer science pathways.
May 7, 2015
Numerous efforts to expand dual enrollment have stalled.
March 31, 2015
Program engages students in community projects.
March 18, 2015
California community colleges ink agreement with out-of-state colleges.
March 17, 2015
Career exploration program is inspired by popular reality show.
March 10, 2015
The architect of California's funding law has died at 73.
March 3, 2015
The California high school exit exam would be suspended for several years and its role would be re-examined under a bill proposed last week by the chair of the Senate Education Committee.
February 10, 2015
A state advisory committee that spent more than two years trying to find a way to rejigger the Academic Performance Index is now recommending moving away from that single number in favor of a more comprehensive system allowing for a broader picture of school effectiveness.
February 3, 2015
President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for next year calls for funding increases for education, with early childhood programs, teacher development and training initiatives, and a push for free community college tuition among the highlights.
February 2, 2015
A shortage of school counselors has hampered efforts to serve students. But additional funding and a growing state focus on college and career preparation – and a new push from the First Lady – are translating to additional resources and more attention to counselors' role.
January 22, 2015
Programs in mortuary science, dental hygiene and automotive technology are among those selected to pilot bachelor’s degrees at California community colleges, officials announced Tuesday.
January 20, 2015
Once known as domestic education that raised images of young women learning how to be housewives, home economics of today serves more than 160,000 students across the state in programs that focus on careers in culinary arts, fashion design, child development and more.
December 29, 2014
Students enrolled in Antioch High School's engineering and design academy get hands-on work experience through a partnership with Verizon. The program offers internships, mentorship and guidance about resumes, professional behavior and other work skills.
December 14, 2014
Making a case that strong early education is vital for both personal and national prosperity, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a package of more than $1 billion in federal and private funding to expand preschool and other early childhood programs across the United States.
December 10, 2014
Today’s young adults are more likely to have a college degree than their peers who came of age 30 years ago, but also are more likely to be unemployed and living in poverty than young adults in 1980, according to vast new census statistics released Thursday.
December 4, 2014
A new policy brief from the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education offers recommendations for including career-preparation measures in school districts' Local Control and Accountability Plans. Such measures could include the number of students who complete work-based learning programs.
December 2, 2014
Baccalaureate programs in mortuary science, ranch management and cyber security are among the proposed wish list from community colleges interested in offering the advanced degrees. Half of all districts in California have expressed interest in offering bachelor's degrees allowed under a new law.
November 19, 2014
The California Acceleration Project aims to revise and shorten the traditional remedial education sequence, helping increase the number of community college students who pass credit-bearing math and English within their first year of starting college.
November 11, 2014
The Oakland Unified School District’s parcel tax to fund college and career programs passed Tuesday by a wide margin. The measure is believed to be the first in California to specifically target career programs at high schools.
November 5, 2014
A new report and online database released Wednesday provide a national snapshot of how well states are working to prepare students for college, showing how California’s “college readiness” policies stack up against those in other states.
October 29, 2014
Low-income students are being especially squeezed by fee increases at the state’s public colleges and universities because financial aid packages haven’t been able to keep up, according to a new report from the Public Policy Institute of California. The state should focus on boosting awards for low-income students, the report says.
October 15, 2014
Senate Bill 923 would create a statewide grant program, the EdPrize, to expand apprenticeships in fields such as health care, clean technology and other fields. The money would come from the $250 million Career Pathways Trust.
September 2, 2014
A summer internship program at one of the nation’s premier biomedical research labs puts high school and college students on the front lines of cutting-edge medical research. The goal is to increase diversity in medical research and introduce students to the work world.
August 28, 2014
California’s community colleges intend to increase graduation and transfer rates by nearly a quarter of a million students over the next decade, officials said Wednesday in announcing an "ambitious goal" to boost student success rates.
August 27, 2014
A number of measures – grades, participation in Advanced Placement courses, SAT test scores, for example – can help indicate whether students are ready for college. Career readiness, on the other hand, is far less clearly defined.
August 24, 2014
Sixty percent of adults said they oppose Common Core, according to the results of the annual PDK/Gallup Poll of attitudes toward public education. That’s a big change from last year, when two-thirds of Americans hadn’t heard of the voluntary standards. This year, 81 percent of Americans said they were aware of the standards.
August 19, 2014
Students in the heart of Salinas Valley's agricultural fields are earning computer science bachelor's degrees in just three years through a partnership between Hartnell Community College and California State University, Monterey Bay. The program is seen as an incubator to help increase diversity at tech companies.
August 14, 2014
California has received a $10.7 million federal grant to help offset the cost of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams for low-income students. The grant funding allows qualifying low-income students to pay just $5 to take AP or IB exams, which could earn them college credit.
August 12, 2014
Surprised by data showing that thousands of high school students are just one or two courses shy of meeting state university admissions requirements, the University of California has launched a summer program to help students make up the courses they’re missing and put them on a solid footing for college.
August 5, 2014
A summer program helps San Francisco high school students get back on track academically – and gives them an introduction to higher education and jobs. “What I took from this program is confidence,” one student said. “If you really want something, there should be no reason you can’t go out and get it.”
July 30, 2014
Apprenticeships are gaining traction as an untapped resource in efforts to better prepare students for college and careers. The training programs provide a steady “earn as you learn” pathway to a lucrative profession – and, depending on the program, a chance to earn college credit at the same time.
July 23, 2014
Half of the state’s community college students take four years or longer to earn an associate degree that’s designed to take half that time, according to a new report.
July 1, 2014
The winners of the California Career Pathways Trust laid out some ambitious goals for the money. The $250 million fund is believed to be the largest investment in the nation to expand education programs that give students hands-on work experience on their path to graduation.