Assembly Majority Leader Holden’s Bill to Increase Educational Opportunities for High School Students Passes Key Committee (AB 288)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sacramento – Assemblymember Chris Holden’s (D-Pasadena) bill to expand pathways for high school students who want to enroll in college courses or career tech classes has been unanimously approved in the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

AB 288 (College and Career Access Pathways Act) enhances concurrent or dual enrollment opportunities by encouraging school districts and community colleges to enter into formal agreements that outline the terms and goals of the partnership.

“There is a growing recognition that concurrent enrollment at community colleges can pave the way to a four-year college, while also reducing the cost of that four-year degree,” said Assemblymember Holden. “The boost in confidence a student receives when he or she completes a college course as a student in high school can encourage the realization that college is within their reach; this is especially important for minority and low income students.”

“We believe AB 288 is an important policy step forward to provide broader access to dual enrollment opportunities and to ensure greater student success in both high school and college,” testified Vincent Stewart, Vice Chancellor, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

  • AB 288 would create College and Career Access Pathways partnerships between community college districts and high schools in its area.
  • It also authorizes students to take up to 15 units instead of the current 11.
  • Gives priority to those students participating in a career pathway.
  • Authorizes community college courses to be offered on high school campuses.
  • Prohibits “double-dipping” where both the high school and the college are reimbursed for the student.
  • Provides more transparency and accountability between high schools and colleges.

“As a worldwide economic leader, we must do everything we can to ensure that California students are ready for the jobs of an ever-changing California economy,” said joint author, Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen.  “Making community college courses more accessible to high schools students will help ignite their sense of purpose and drive that is essential in today’s fast-paced world, while improving their eligibility for a wider range of jobs early on.”

AB 288 is supported by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, The California Community League, The California Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Community College District, Los Rios Community College District, Pasadena Community College District, Sacramento Pathways to Success, among others.

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