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State announces recipients of $54 million aimed at easing transition from school to college and career

The Governor’s Office on Wednesday announced another round of grant recipients for a program aimed at streamlining the pathway from high school to college and careers. Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire and the border region will be receiving $54 million as a part of the state’s K-16 Education Collaboratives Grant Program.

“California is preparing the next generation for the jobs of the future,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom in a statement. “We’re closing equity gaps, providing more resources to help our students achieve their career goals right in their own communities, and streamlining the pipeline from K-12 to higher education to careers.”

The state has committed $250 million to the effort. In May, the first round of grants, totaling $108.6 million, were announced. Recipients were in the Central San Joaquin Valley, North State, Kern County, Redwood Coast, Orange County and Sacramento.

Each grant recipient receives $18.1 million. The collaboratives are anchored by local UCs, CSUs, community colleges or K-12 schools. Each collaborative must commit to addressing long-standing equity gaps and creating at least two pathways in health care, education, business management and engineering or computing.

  • The Los Angeles Region K-16 Collaborative includes partnerships anchored around CSUs in Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Northridge and Pomona. Its goal is to improve enrollment, persistence and degree completion of underrepresented students by creating streamlined pathways to careers in health care, engineering and computer science. It plans to do this through dual enrollment, transfer pathways and work-based learning.
  • The Border Region Inclusive Talent Pipeline Collaborative represents a collaboration between California State University San Marcos, San Diego State University, UC San Diego, Imperial County and San Diego County Offices of Education. It aims to create a talent pipeline in business, tech, health and education.
  • The Inland Empire Collaborative plans to build on the success of two previous collaboratives in the region. The latest effort, anchored by UC Riverside, aims to address equity barriers through pathways for health care, engineering, computing, business and education.

A second phase of funding for those regions requiring more time and planning will be announced later, according to the Governor’s Office.

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