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Pathways to Opportunity: Creating College and Career Success for All Students

Publication date: 
October, 2018

What does college and career readiness really mean for high schools in low-income urban communities?  A college education remains one of the major gateways to sustainable, high-paid jobs - especially for young people who will be the first generation in their families to get a postsecondary degree, as well as for newly-arrived immigrant students. As high schools seek approaches to ensure that graduates are truly prepared to succeed in (and graduate from) college, many have turned to Career Pathways to integrate meaningful learning experiences with hands-on job training and rigorous early college coursework.  The California Department of Education has already invested over $500 million since 2014 in grants to support Career Pathways. Philanthropic resources have also been leveraged to pass a local parcel tax to further resource and sustain investments.

At our latest event, we had Oakland Unified School District’s Superintendent, Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, and Dr. Louise Bay Waters, Superintendent of Leadership Public Schools, in a conversation to discuss a highly successful model of district-charter career-oriented collaboration in the name of student success. Joining them were OUSD Board President Aimee Eng as well as a panel of students who will share their experiences.

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