Governor Signs Holden’s Bill to Eliminate the Achievement Gap By Starting Teens on College and Career Pathways (AB 288)

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week After years of legislative effort, Assembly Majority Leader Chris Holden’s landmark legislation to increase college opportunity for thousands of California high school students will go into effect January 1.Governor Brown today signed Holden’s AB 288 College and Career Access Pathways Act to allow high school students, especially those in underserved communities, greater access to college courses and career tech classes at both high school and college campuses.“We need to expand opportunities for a broad range of students or lose our competitive edge with other states and other nations,” explained Assemblymember Holden. “Concurrent enrollment can motivate students who aren’t on the college track and provide opportunities for students who want to get started in their careers earlier by working towards a degree or certificate in career technical education. Even those who’ve struggled in high school classes can rise to the challenge, motivated by the chance to try on the role of a college student.”AB 288 creates a partnership between high schools and community colleges to remove barriers that historically kept underserved students from enrolling in concurrent enrollment programs. It will accelerate the number of credits students can take from 11 to 15 and give students limited priority in enrollment. It will also allow better access to career tech courses that may not be available at the high school level.“This bill is an example of how K-12 and higher education institutions can work together on a local level to solve persistent problems—in this case, how to create better pathways to college and career,” stated the Governor in his signing message.The measure was sponsored by California Community College Chancellor Brice W. Harris: “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.”“AB 288 will help ignite a sense of purpose and drive in high school students that is essential in today’s fast-paced world, and ensure that they are better qualified for college and for the jobs of our state’s ever-changing economy,” said Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, who jointly authored the bill. “I applaud the stakeholders involved in the development of this important bill, and thank the Governor for signing it into law.” Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Government Governor Signs Holden’s Bill to Eliminate the Achievement Gap By Starting Teens on College and Career Pathways (AB 288) Published on Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 2:45 pm More Cool Stuff HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Signs That Your Ex May Still Want You BackHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Community News Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more