— Laurie Scolari

Initiative Director
California Community College Linked Learning Initiative

Lead Responsibility:

As the Initiative Director of the California Community College Linked Learning Initiative, Laurie is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the project across nine California Community Colleges (three HUB colleges and six partner colleges) and their respective Linked Learning high school partners.

Laurie works closely with the CLP senior leadership team to provide leadership for and manage the CCCLI demonstration project, including the following four critical components:

• Technical Assistance (design and implementation of student success interventions) to the participating colleges designated to provide successful transition and success of students from local Linked Learning high schools.

• Collaboration with key Linked Learning community based partners, program advocates, employers/industry representatives and district leadership to assure coordination and articulation of activities across the system.

• Collaboration with a third party evaluator to design and implement a multiple year, large-scale evaluation.

• Overall communication between and among key stakeholders including industry partners, college leadership, and Foundation funders.

Areas of Concentration:

High school to community college transitions, strategic partnerships between K-12 and institutions of higher education, encourage data-informed decision making to remove barriers of access, persistence and success, encourage the use of research and best practices in making place-based policy changes to increase the number of students who attain a certificate or degree that allows them to earn a living wage in California.

Laurie Scolari, Ed.D. has worked for over 17 years towards accomplishing her goal of increasing the number of first generation college students who complete a certificate or degree in institutions of higher education. Her areas of expertise include policy reform within institutions of higher education; K-12/university partnerships and multimillion dollar grant management.

Prior to joining the Career Ladders team, she served as the Dean of Counseling and Student Support Services and also the Associate Dean of Outreach and Recruitment Services at City College of San Francisco for five years. In that capacity, she spearheaded several successful data-driven initiatives aimed at improving the transition of high school students of color into the community college with sustainable results.

Previously, Laurie served as the Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) Director, Gaining Early Awareness for Undergraduate Program (GEAR UP) Director and Associate Director of the Educational Partnership Center at University of California, Santa Cruz for nearly ten years. Laurie holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University, an M.A. in Nonprofit Administration from University of San Francisco and a B.A. in Communications from San Jose State University.