Partnerships

GEAR UP for College Summer Program At MiraCosta College

A record number of high school students in Oceanside took part in an intensive summer college preparatory program at MiraCosta College as part of a partnership between MCC GEAR UP and the Student Equity Department to increase the number of participating students who are prepared for and succeed in college. MiraCosta College is located in north San Diego County and serves approximately 15,000 students. MCC’s GEAR UP partnership with Oceanside Unified School district focuses on these objectives: Summer Program Application and Essay, College Online Application & Concurrent Enrollment, Mandatory Parent-Student Orientation, Monday-Thursday 4 week College Courses, Full day IA support in college class and academic …

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UC along with 200 universities supports deportation relief policy

In line with numerous campus efforts to promote inclusivity in wake of Donald Trump’s presidential victory, UC Berkeley and other UC campuses joined colleges across the country in signing a statement supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. DACA is an immigration policy implemented by President Barack Obama through an executive order in 2012 that aims to protect eligible youth from deportation who first entered the United States before their sixteenth birthday among other guidelines. As of Tuesday, more than 200 college leaders across the country signed a statement in support of the DACA, which President-elect Trump opposes. …

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3 Digital Trends Shaping the Future of College Admissions

Generation Z, or the post-Millennial generation, is now the largest portion of the U.S. population, at nearly 26 percent. Considered “digital natives,” this demographic is the first generation to grow up fully digital, interacting fluently over social media and completely dependent on the Internet. Nearly three-quarters of them use cell phones more than they watch TV, according to the advertising agency Sparks & Honey. As with generations past, a college and post-grad education is well-revered; however, the higher education industry is lacking the digital tools to appeal to their most desirable students, and worse, lacking the tools to prepare them for …

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ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign 2017

Established in 2013, the annual ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign celebrates achievement and creates awareness around the goal of college and career readiness for all. The Campaign recognizes exemplary college and career readiness efforts by employers, postsecondary institutions, high schools, and high school seniors in participating states. The California ACT Council, made up of California educators and leaders, will select its 2016-17 state exemplars this winter for spring recognition. The application is available online, and we will continue to accept applications through December 31, 2016. Please contact Mike DiNicola, ACT Southwest District Manager, at mike.dinicola@act.org with questions. Direct Link to Employer Application: Direct …

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2016 ‘Schools to Watch’ Model Middle Schools

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California’s 2016 “Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage” Model Middle Schools SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 13 high-performing California middle schools have been newly designated as model middle grades schools in the 2015–16 Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage (STW™—TCS) program. Torlakson also announced that the sustained progress of 20 previously chosen STW™—TCS schools will allow them to retain their designation. “These 33 schools excel at keeping students engaged and motivated during this critical juncture in a student’s school career,” Torlakson said. “I congratulate them for their efforts to exceed challenging …

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EdTrust West: New Community-Based Data & Research Hub in San Bernardino County

Ed Trust–West is excited to announce that we’re partnering with a number of civil rights, education, and social justice organizations to launch our first Community-Based Data & Research Hub in San Bernardino County. California’s move toward local control, the redesign of our state’s accountability system, and the implementation of the California State Standards provide a unique opportunity to help increase capacity of community stakeholders and support their current advocacy efforts through data, research, budget and policy analysis. “In the age of local control, we must help communities make certain that local systems do what’s best for California’s Black, Brown, and …

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GEAR UP Leadership Day in North State is a Hit

(original article appears in the Red Bluff Daily News) Corning, CA. Nearly 800 Tehama County eighth-graders were invited Thursday to join the third annual Leadership Day at the Rolling Hills Casino event center, with five local schools participating. This seven-day college preparation workshop event, put on by the Tehama County Department of Education, California GEAR UP — Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs — Tehama County high schools and College Options, has continued to engage students with workshops to help guide them through the next four years and beyond. The Rolling Hills Casino Foundation and Expect More Tehama …

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Increase in GEAR UP 2016 Funding Announced

GEAR UP Community, this announcement was recently shared by our Washington DC partners, the National Council For Education and Community Partnerships as it relates to an increase in 2016 GEAR UP funding. Celebrate!   I am exceptionally pleased to share that moments ago, the President signed the FY 2016 omnibus appropriations package. Included in the FY 2016 appropriations is a $21.1 million increase for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) initiative, which will bring overall funding to $322,754,000.As we have been discussing and reporting in the NCCEP Digests since last summer, this has been a …

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Attend 2016 ACT State Organization Conference

2016 California ACT State Organization Conference  The California Promise: Achieving Social Justice through College and Career Readiness The 2016 California ACT State Organization Conference strives to bring education and career readiness professionals a broad range of topics that meet the diverse needs of preparing students for college and career success. Learn about key education strategies that will foster positive change in your school, district, and throughout California Learn about student success best practices used by other institutions Network with other education and workforce professionals View the agenda. Early bird pricing is ending soon—save 25% by registering before Friday, December 18, …

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Scholarshare is Celebrating National College Savings Month

ScholarShare, California’s 529 college savings plan, is celebrating National College Savings Month this September with a College Savings Pledge. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 1 through Friday, Sept. 25, Californians who take the pledge will be entered for the chance to win one of 20 ScholarShare 529 accounts, each in the amount of $500, for their child as well as a matching $500 prize for their child’s classroom. The pledge is aimed at encouraging young children to aspire to go to college. For more details about this special promotion, including the Official Rules, visitwww.CollegeSavingsPledge.com. Recently ranked second among all direct-sold 529 plans for three-year performance …

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