Building Strong Systems

Bridging the Gap

Updated December 2016

This philanthropic initiative of The James Irvine Foundation establishes a framework for practitioners, policymakers and others to take action so that more students can make a more seamless transition from high school into postsecondary education and succeed in gaining postsecondary credentials. This framework is designed to help grow and scale the adoption of Linked Learning so more California families and young adults are economically self-sufficient.

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This initiative is currently engaged in two school district/community college partnerships in California—Paralta Community College District and California State University Long Beach—with plans to engage more partnerships in the future.

Partners could strengthen their connection to regional labor market needs and sector strategies by engaging with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act collaborators, employers, and community-based organizations.

Strategies developed by existing partners could help inform a larger scale-up of transition programs that could eventually expand to serve out-of-school youth or adults with basic skills deficiencies.

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