The Dual Enrollment Game

September 27, 2018
Research shows that high school students who take community college courses through dual enrollment get better grades in high school and are more likely to enter and stay in college — and attain a degree or a certificate. The object of the game is to earn college credit. Taking the role of student... Read More

Guided Pathways as a Framework for Integrating Student Success Efforts: A Case Study of Three California Community Colleges

September 12, 2018
A new CLP brief explores how colleges can use Guided Pathways to bring together innovation, people, and resources across initiatives. It highlights the stories of three California community colleges that have worked to intentionally align different initiatives and have utilized Guided Pathways desig... Read More

CLP Case Study: Opening Doors to the Tech Industry

June 28, 2018
“This validated the classes I’ve taken in the past 3 years and now I KNOW that I want to do this!” – Student “Sometimes our students do not think they are good enough to apply for better 4-year colleges or apply to better companies. The very thoughtful feedback of the judges taught the... Read More

Case Study: Bridging High School, College and Industry for Students in a Career Academy

June 26, 2018
“The key is to provide the resources and the structure for the relationships to build.” – Mark Frey, Skyline CS&T teacher and founder. In a new report, Bridging High School, College, and Industry: A Case Study and Lessons for the Field, CLP highlights successes achieved and lessons lea... Read More

Promising Practices in Supporting Postsecondary Success in Alternative Education

May 31, 2018
“During the Community of Practice…the conversation highlighted the importance of making ‘college as part of [high school] community’ to begin to ‘shift the culture and help students recognize that college is part of their lives.’” In a new Issue Brief, “Exploring Alternative ... Read More

New Report on Diversifying Math Pathways as a Strategy for Student Success

May 10, 2018
“Recent policy changes are creating fertile ground for diversifying math pathways.” According to the new report, Multiple Paths Forward: Diversifying Mathematics as a Strategy for Student Success, the use of diversified math pathways has the potential to ease the road to a college degree... Read More

NCCPA Newsletter October 2017 Education Spotlight

October 13, 2017
  Mendocino Lake Adult and Career Education (MLACE) and the Career Ladders Project (CLP) held a Curriculum to Career Summit in Ukiah on October 6th. The goal of the summit was to map pathways from adult education level programs like ESL and HiSET or GED classes, through Career Technical Educati... Read More

Bringing Student Voices to Guided Pathways Inquiry and Design: Findings from Student Focus Groups at Two California Community Colleges

August 29, 2017
“I’ve been guilty of this—and it is a common thing in here—where you take class after class and you kind of forget your end goal… but it would be great to have something tangible like a shadowing program or something else that would get you excited about picking a major.”... Read More

Big Ideas in Workforce Innovation: A Three Part Series

August 2, 2017
The California Workforce Development Board (State Board) has released a three part series, Big Ideas in Workforce Innovation. The Career Ladders Project documented emerging lessons from key State Board initiatives that promote creative solutions to enhance economic mobility and economic vitality fo... Read More

Building a New Structure

April 18, 2017
The Community College Journal article, Building a New Structure by D.J. Guth (April/May 2017), examines organizational redesign efforts underway at several community colleges, including Skyline College in San Bruno, California and Mesa College in Mesa, Arizona. The Career Ladders Project’s Directo... Read More