February 08, 2018

LAWT News Service 

 

The Culver City Unified School District (CCUSD) and West Los Angeles College (WLAC) signed an AB 288 Agreement at the CCUSD Board of Education meeting on January 23. This agreement facilitates a partnership between WLAC and the Culver City high schools to offer college and career access pathways through dual credit courses in computer science, technical production for theater, and architecture. These courses, to be provided by West at Culver City High School and Culver City Park High School, fulfill both diploma and college degree requirements. Additionally, the students will be taking these college classes tuition-free.

 

“Reaching them where they are is critical to helping our young people connect to college and succeed in higher education and the workplace. This partnership reduces barriers to entry by allowing high school students to become comfortable with college processes and rigor from the familiar place their of high schools and it’s tuition free – that’s a win, win for all,” said LACCD Board President Kamlager-Dove.

 

“This demonstrates how both institutions working together can capitalize on their strengths to increase access to college and meet the needs of students in the communities we serve. I look forward to more of these signings across our nine colleges,” added LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez,

 

“West has offered concurrent enrollment courses at Culver City High for years,” explained Aracely Aguiar, WLAC Vice President of Academic Affairs. “Through the AB 288 partnership, classes can be offered as dual enrollment for high school students to get high school and college credit simultaneously. Working with Culver City Unified, are creating pathways in computer science, technical production for theater, and architecture that lead to employment.”

 

“In one year, West Los Angeles College will celebrate its 50th year. If you know anything about the College’s history, you know that Culver City’s residents and school board were instrumental in the establishment of this campus that serves Culver City, West Los Angeles and other surrounding communities,” said Dr. James M. Limbaugh, WLAC President. “So we are particularly pleased and excited to be entering into this agreement that expands our partnership with the outstanding Culver City schools.”

 

AB 288 (Dual Enrollment) College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) were authorized by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office last year. CCAP Partnership Agreements “shall be 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,” according to the Chancellor’s Office.

Category: Education


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