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Career Technical Education: Linked Learning Pilot Program (AB790)

Updated December 2016

This secondary education initiative of the California Department of Education (CDE) builds upon the high school Multiple Pathways redesign initiated by Career Partnership Academies in 1984 for grade 10 to 12 students in small learning communities. Linked Learning Pilot Programs scale these models statewide, integrating career technical education (CTE) and core academic curricula, work-based learning opportunities, and student support services.

The Pilot established cohorts within dozens of new and existing high schools participating in “rigorous Linked Learning programs,” which incorporate CTE course sequences that lead to mastery of standards, high school graduation, and transition to postsecondary education or employment. 

Initiative funding is in place from 2012-2017; funds are allocated by the Superintendent of Public Instruction on a competitive basis.

Resources: Legislation (AB790)

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Efforts started under the Pilot could actively engage with districts’ Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) processes to support collaboration between the Linked Learning model and the eight priorities identified within the LCAPs. By building strategies developed under the Pilot into these plans, partners could scale and sustain their career pathway efforts beyond the Pilot’s time-limited grant funds.

Pilot partners could actively engage in College and Career Access Pathways dual enrollment efforts to sustain secondary-to-postsecondary pathways established under AB790. Pilot partners could also actively recruit adult education participants through Adult Education Block Grant regional planning and implementation efforts.

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