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College and Career Access Pathways (AB288)

Updated November 2018

This joint initiative of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the California Department of Education allows high school students to dual enroll in up to 15 community college units per term; students may enroll in no more than four courses per term. Program goals are to develop seamless pathways from high school to community college for career technical education (CTE) or general education transfer, improve high school graduation rates, or help high school students achieve college and career readiness. Courses must be part of an academic program defined in a Career and College Access Pathway (CCAP) partnership agreement and meet criteria for both a high school diploma and an Associate of Arts or other credential.

Resources: Legislation (AB288, Education Code Section 76004)

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This initiative is one of many in California that targets high school students to increase student performance and reduce pipeline disparities in advancing toward postsecondary credentials and careers. This mission presents opportunity for collaboration and resource sharing between other initiatives targeting high-demand sectors such as:

  • Linked Learning
  • Strong Workforce
  • Career Technical Education Incentive Grants program

Delivery of the initiative’s model could be strengthened by clearly defining “dual enrollment”—versus “concurrent enrollment” or “co-enrollment.”

Built-in student supports (e.g., transportation, childcare, intrusive advising) could strengthen the initiative, especially for participating students who may not see themselves as “college bound.” Connections with similarly targeted pathway programs could build capacity for these comprehensive supports.

Tracking program outcomes and results, along with criteria and requirements met overall, could become an essential part of initiative accountability to inform the tailoring of services and supports.

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