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Basic Skills Partnership Pilot Program

Updated November 2018

This postsecondary education initiative of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) coordinates the efforts of school districts, California Community Colleges (CCCs), and California State Universities (CSUs) to provide basic skills instruction in efficient and effective ways. The initiative seeks to align remediation instruction and services between the CCC and CSU systems to better meet student needs, and leverage resources between the two public higher education systems.

Initiative funding totals $10 million, awarded as $2 million grants made to five community college districts through a competitive process run by the CCCCO. $1 million is awarded upon selection, with another $1 million awarded after a demonstration of effectiveness.

Resources: Legislation (Education Code Section 88700)

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The initiative focuses on serving CSU students through innovative remediation services offered at community colleges. Through this approach, there could be opportunity to redesign targeted career technical education structured pathways. This could help each program focus on an industry with a skills shortage, engage employers based on occupational targets, and produce portable skills.

Learning from and using strategies related to CalWORKs work study, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I adult, dislocated worker, youth transitional job, and on-the-job strategies could improve instructional delivery through work-based learning, and give the initiative access to participant-focused, evidence-based practices.

Pilots could give participants access to supports and services based on individual assessment of needs by leveraging community colleges’ Student Education Plans, the Student Equity & Achievement Act, and the Adult Education Program (AEP). To further build strategic career pathways for a defined population of participants, there could be opportunity to use approaches such as flexible placement assessment, structured pathways, and co-requisite instruction.

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