Promising Practices in Supporting Postsecondary Success in Alternative Education

31 May 2018

A new brief from CLP and Equal Measure examines promising practices in building and sustaining high school and community college partnerships that have emerged from alternative school sites across California.

The brief is based on interviews with school leaders statewide and the proceedings of a day-long community-of-practice meeting in May 2017. Nearly 50 practitioners from California community colleges, high schools, and community-based organizations shared emerging practices and exchange implementation ideas about providing student supports and improving transitions to college.

In the community of practice discussion and interviews, promising practices were highlighted in four areas: dual enrollment, instruction and curriculum design, wrap-around and stabilization supports, and career exposure and preparation.

Career Ladders Project and Equal Measure produced the brief in partnership with Skyline College and the Career Advancement Academies. CAAs were launched by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office in 2007 and are designed to enable underserved students — low-income students, students from communities of color, and students who are first in their families to attend college — to enroll in higher education and prepare for emerging and evolving workforce and industry needs.