CaliforniaColleges.edu Announces New Webinars

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CaliforniaColleges.edu is the one-stop website for information about higher education in California for students, counselors, and parents. It has been developed in collaboration with the New WindowCalifornia State University (CSU)New WindowUniversity of California (UC)New WindowCalifornia Community Colleges (CCC)New WindowAssociation of Independent California Colleges and Universities (A I C C U), and the New WindowCalifornia Department of Education. CaliforniaColleges.edu includes the following features:

  • Explore Colleges and Careers
    • Explore the full range of accredited public and non-profit colleges and universities in California and nationwide
    • Determine the careers that best match your skills and interests
    • Match schools and majors with your career interests
  • Plan and Pay for College
    • See which high school classes are needed to meet admission requirements
    • Learn about ways to pay for college
    • Create a personal portfolio to track your college planning
  • College Admissions
    • Gather information about the admission requirements at all California colleges and universities
    • Apply online to many of the colleges and universities in California

Webinars Announced:

There are two upcoming webinars of value provided by CCGI in for  Californiacolleges.edu, please be aware that you do have to sign up for the webinars at least 24 hours in advance of the start time to be permitted access.
First Webinar is geared towards anyone who has Administrator rights in the Professional Center as opposed to Professional rights.   If you are new to the Professional Center it is a great way to figure out the difference between the two user roles so you can decide how to assign user roles accordingly on campus.
The Professional Center for Administrators:
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)
Second Webinar is geared towards anyone at a school site who is interested in data collection and contextualizing the date to further support students growth. It will help you understand how the student activities on the site help translate and correlate into useful data.
Utilizing Pro Center Reports to Gather End-of-Year 

Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

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California GEAR UP: Partnering for Student Success

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By Christian Smith – CA GEAR UP Project Coordinator

California GEAR UP: Partnering for Student Success

The CA GEAR UP partnership with the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) has had great results during the 2014-2015 school year. By working in collaboration with PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) we now offer GEAR UP middle schools and their feeder high schools on-site training, utilizing Californiacolleges.edu as a tool to engage students and families and help promote a college going culture on campus.  Students will receive a systematic baseline of guidance and support through this technological tool for the college and career planning and preparation process.

With the launch of the new CaliforniaColleges.edu website in January of 2014, we are committed to helping educators and community partners realize the full potential of the new site and the added professional center, a resource that allows educators to communicate, track and review students progress.  CaliforniaColleges.edu has been designed as the one-stop resource for information about higher education in California focusing on students, counselors, and parental user roles. CA GEAR UP is excited to share this tool via trainings on how to best utilize the site with partners like PIQE and CEP (Coalition for Education Partnerships) in addition to several of our 48 middle schools. With more training scheduled through the rest of this year, we are always looking for innovative ways to use technology to promote college and career opportunities.

Over 2/3 of the GEAR UP cohort of 48 middle schools have been trained on the resource, resulting in over 7,000 accounts being created and 64,000 page views on the site.  CA GEAR UP students have been utilizing the Interest Profiler Survey, a Holland Code (RIASEC) Test, to determine careers and vocational choice based upon personality types.  From there the students can link careers to college majors and schools that offer those majors. To help further the conversation with students about careers and goal setting, PIQE has incorporated californiacolleges.edu into workshops 5 and 6 of their family focused curriculum.  Family members are working with their students, reviewing student results and engaged in conversation about students’ interest and future plans.

With more CaliforniaColleges.edu trainings scheduled and PIQE classes on the horizon, this partnership continues to show clear and positive outcomes for schools, families and students.  Check out the new and improved site today at CaliforniaColleges.edu!

 

Learn more on the California GEAR UP website and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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CaliforniaColleges.edu Launches Mobile App

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CCGI’s mobile app, College Guide, is available on the Apple and Google Play App Stores.

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College Guide provides high school students (10th, 11th, and 12th), their parents, and their counselors with:

  • A project management tool to navigate and track all the important goals
    related to college and financial aid planning.
  • A thorough task list that users can mark as completed, add to their calendar, and share via social networks.
  • Push notifications about key deadlines and important tips in the college planning and application process.
  • Links to relevant web resources both on the CaliforniaColleges.edu portal and beyond.

How students can use College Guide:

  • Use “My Tasks” to view tasks chronologically. Review and complete college and financial aid planning tasks in order of what is due next!
  • Watch your progress by category using “My Progress.” The progress bar keeps you on track!
  • Customize which tasks you see on your task list by updating your college aspirations in “Settings.”
  • Access online resources either on CaliforniaColleges.edu or other trusted websites.
  • Share deadlines and tips with your friends via Facebook and Twitter.

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How parents can use College Guide:

  • Use the app with the user profile “Parents” and get messaging specific to you!
  • Support your students’ efforts by reviewing and completing college and financial aid planning tasks!
  • Receive messaging for multiple grade levels if you have more than one child in high school.
  • Access online resources either on CaliforniaColleges.edu or other trusted websites.
  • Use the “Glossary” and “Frequently Asked Questions” as you go!

How counselors can use College Guide:

  • Use the app with the user profile “Counselors,” and get push notifications specific to you!
  • You will see the exact same messaging as your students, so you can shadow their goals and tasks.
  • Select each of the grade levels you work with (10th, 11th, and 12th) and toggle back and forth to see the goals and tasks for each grade.

For help using our tools, contact our customer support team at support@californiacolleges.org.

– See more at: https://secure.californiacolleges.edu/home/college_guide.aspx#sthash.xqiPnKp0.dpuf

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Jackman Middle School Culminates with GEAR UP Bridge Project

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 (Education Trust Award Ceremony)

This year marked the celebration of 480 eight graders completing their final year at Jackman middle school and California GEAR UP Bridge Model cohort. The California GEAR UP  Bridge Model is characterized by collaboration, student progress tracking, and data sharing among a family of schools across educational levels for the purpose of preparing all students in the cohort for college. Data is  collected to measure the impact on student achievement and retention and provide valuable information as to the importance of aligning curriculum, increased communication across educational levels.  California GEAR UP supports the entire school community in creating a college-going culture.  While the model and project services focuses on the cohort of students that will enter high school  in Fall 2013, GEAR UP will continue to provide resources and support throughout the seven schools in the Bridge Model.

“GEAR UP has been welcomed into schools throughout the Elk Grove Unified School District. Together with them- the students, families, teachers and friends – we are building the bridge to be sustained beyond the life of our program.”  – Shelley Davis, California GEAR UP Director

The broader success of this model reflects the investment made by GEAR UP in building relationships throughout the district engaging the Superintendent, School Board Members, Principals, Vice Principals, Counselors, Teachers and families at both Jackman Middle School and Valley High School. With the Bridge Project model, there is increased potential for sustainability of effective practices across a family of schools while  supporting the Elk Grove regional collaborative initiative and the continued support of California GEAR UP through the Whole School Services Model. 
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(Reith Elementary-a Bridge School- at a GEAR UP event)

Successful components of the Bridge Project Model include:

The Leadership Skills Initiative (LSI) is a component of the Bridge Model Project.  The Initiative has evolved to combine positive role models and mentoring, with educational skill building and a safe space for students among others with common issues and challenges.  Data is collected specific to the students involved with LSI from among the cohort of students participating in the Bridge Model.  Program participation has shown to impact student retention, decreased suspensions and increased academic performance, leading to increased graduation rates.  Short term rewards keep students engaged with changes in habits, self awareness and student performance among the long term benefits.

CORE Values-Students participate in a course on ethical values through fun and fitness.  Students will focus on core values topics ranging from discipline, self control, citizenship, kindness, respect, courtesy, and perseverance all while being taught and promoting a healthy, and physical lifestyle.

Family Engagement- Inform and engage families on the college preparation process, particularly in terms of courses in which students should enroll in at high school, and support efforts to encourage families to engage actively in preparing students for success. Activities included: college workshops, Parent Universities, regional events, individual family meetings, at risk family meetings, and individual learning plans for students.

Leadership Skills Initiative Ladies-Focuses on youth empowerment and personal advocacy in young ladies.  Promoting social and character skills development, academic mentoring, coaching, healthy lifestyle practices, and community enrichment.

College and Career Readiness Workshops- Workshops are grade specific to enhance students’ understanding of the steps needed to acquire academic success to meet both high school graduation and college admission requirements.  Information and activities include; developing effective study skills, establishing academic goals, developing academic plans, and career exploration.

Education Trust Awards- The scholarship component of the program requires the state to establish and maintain a financial assistance program for students to attend institutions of higher education. 25 Students at Jackman Middle School received awards of $2000 made available when they enroll in a qualifying institute of higher education. The selection process included an essay component, qualifying GPA, letter of recommendation, and completed application.

Whole School Academic Support-activities included regional articulation in writing, supporting a professional learning environment for adults through professional development, and College Making it Happen materials for all students.

Articulation Support- Valley High School in conjunction with the GEAR family center hosted freshman selection night, in which the incoming 8th grade students visited campus to hear about various programs, clubs, and activities the students have to look forward to the following year. With 300 people in attendance the students and their families walked away with a better understanding of student life at Valley High School.

Transition– including ‘Live the Dream College Night”, financial aid planning activities, and CaliforniaColleges.edu profile support.

As part of research and evaluation of the Bridge Project, focus groups of students and teachers were convened to assess the impact of GEAR UP at Jackman. Here are some student responses from the group:

“GU is doing a good job of getting us prepared and building a path to college (all students said they plan to attend college). It is the only program available to help get us prepared for college. GU provides information about A-G requirements, financial aids, and grants.” – student

“GEAR UP gave me the tools to decide that I wanted to go to college.” – student

“I wish GEAR UP activities were every single day, not just every week!” – student

“Before GEAR UP came to campus we didn’t have the slogan “go to Jackman, go to Valley, go to college”.  I feel like we’ve had a major culture-shift among the students since GEAR UP came to campus.” – teacher

“It seems like times have changed since GEAR UP came to campus.  AVID was the primary provider of most of the college and career readiness materials on campus, but they only serve a select segment of the students. We were pushing kids toward college, but not in the capacity that GEAR UP is able to.” – teacher

“Before GEAR UP came the lower performing kids weren’t thinking about college.  Now they think they can go to college.” – teacher

 

“The GEAR UP provides our team the opportunity to further solidify our college going culture here at Samuel Jackman Middle School. GEAR UP and the resources the program provides has been a tremendous asset to our school community.”  

-Principal Paul Burke, Jackman Middle School

The culmination of the Bridge Project at Jackman is a testament to the success of building strong community partnerships to change a school community culture to support college dreams. California GEAR UP and the Bridge Team is excited to move on to Valley High School next year.

Pictures of the many great Bridge Model activities can be found on our Facebook page. You can continue to follow Bridge Project Success on our blog and website, please let us know if you have any questions.

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Valley High GEAR UP collaborates with californiacolleges.edu

California GEAR UP Valley High School collaboration participated in a week long training on the interactive college prep website californiacolleges.edu. On the site students create a profile that allows them to track their progress towards college, including A-G requirements, career and interest assessments, grades tracking, and the ability to begin, finish, and submit their college applications directly to their chosen schools. Christian Smith is tasked with training all the Valley students in their English classes Californiacolleges.edu is supported throughout the state by its administrator, Michael Burton (pictured). Thanks Michael and Christian!