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October 22, 2020 - Vision in Action No. 5

Guided Pathways 2.0 launches today to help advance the California Guided Pathways model.

Guided Pathways 2.0 Continues Work to Help Increase Student Success

The California Community Colleges, in partnership with the Foundation for California Community Colleges, today announced the launch of “Guided Pathways 2.0,” a project that aims to further accelerate implementation of the California Guided Pathways model and increase the number of students who earn a certificate or degree.

Beginning this fall and continuing through fall 2023, Guided Pathways 2.0 will support all 43 colleges from cohort one and two, working to implement the four pillars of Guided Pathways: clarify paths for students, help students choose and stay on a path, and ensure students are learning.

Participant colleges will receive guidance and support from the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement, the Chancellor’s Office and the Success Center through webinars, institutes, collaborative learning sessions and coaching.

“The Guided Pathways model is the framework for implementing the Vision for Success, serving as an avenue for colleges to improve student success and a catalyst for institutional change,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “I am thrilled to welcome the second cohort of colleges into the next phase of this project and am excited to partner with the Foundation for California Community Colleges and NCII in this work to support our colleges and students.”

To learn more about California Guided Pathways project, visit this page.

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System Guidance/News

The California Community Colleges, in partnership with the Foundation for California Community Colleges, on Tuesday announced the largest philanthropic gift to community colleges in the nation to date. Over 20 years, the $100 million pledge will help eliminate regional educational gaps by providing scholarships to students who are well on their way toward a finish-line goal of completing a certificate or degree at a California community college or transferring to a university and emergency financial aid to students facing unexpected financial hardships. This support is being made possible by a donation from the Jay Pritzker Foundation. Read more here on how the donation will help California community college students reach their goals.

The Chancellor’s Office is committed to keeping everyone informed during this uncertain time. We encourage administrators, faculty, staff and students to regularly check the Chancellor’s Office COVID-19 resource page and the Chancellor’s Office Communications to Colleges section for ongoing executive orders, guidance memos and announcements. Current and prospective students can also get connected with their local college to find out specific resources and support services available as well as enroll in their local community college.

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Online Instruction/Webinars

The fourth annual Undocumented Student Action Week ends tomorrow, following a great week full of events, webinars and activities designed to help advocate for our system’s undocumented student population. One webinar remains tomorrow and we encourage your participation:

UndocuLiaison and Classified Staff Track
Friday, October 23, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
"Going Viral: Best Practices for Outreaching to Undocumented Students in a Virtual Era" Target audience: Undocumented Student Center Coordinator/UndocuLiaison, Classified Staff and community members. Register Now

The California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) is hosting a series of webinars beginning October 27 focused on the future of online Career Education in California. This webinar series highlights the work of grantee colleges and districts that received funds from the California Community Colleges, through CVC-OEI, to accelerate innovative online learning opportunities leading to increased employability and upward mobility for working Californians. Each webinar provides an opportunity for grantees from different sectors of Career Education to share the approaches and lessons learned that made their online programs successes.

A full schedule of the webinars and individual registration links for each are available. Join the grantee colleges and districts and learn more about how their work is changing the future of online education throughout California.

The LaunchBoard webinar series continues next week with a look at Guided Pathways. The webinar is Tuesday, October 27 from 2:00 – 3:30.

At the time of the event, please use the information below to join the webinar:
Telephone: (669) 900-6833
Webinar ID: 992 4307 2097

Webinar Co-hosts:
Sandra Sanchez, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Workforce & Economic Development Division
John Hetts, Visiting Executive, Research and Data, Educational Services and Support Division

Join John Burton Advocates for Youth, representatives from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and campus basic needs centers staff for a webinar on JBAY’s new publication, "Equity Made Real: Promising Strategies for Addressing College Student Basic Needs." This webinar will highlight successful interventions and strategies as well as challenges, and will make recommendations that support truly equitable access for all learners. The webinar is Thursday, October 29 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Register at this link.

The California Counseling Network, a community of practice sponsored by the Career Ladders Project, is hosting a series of Counselor Roundtable zoom sessions. Each session is an opportunity to gather with fellow practitioners from colleges and high schools and engage in conversations that matter and support our work with students and colleagues. The next session is November 13 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. and the focus is Career Education and Equity: Making the most of career education opportunities for students of color. Register at this link.

Student Supports

The California Youth Crisis line runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 800-843-5200. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential assistance to anyone in crisis and their loved ones through a live chat and free 24-hour hotline at 800-273-8255. You can also text COURAGE to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

Items of Interest

The Public Policy Institute of California this month released a report on support programs at California community colleges that support students who receive CalWORKs. The report details how colleges can help even more CalWORKs students succeed.

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