Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | Breakout Session 1 | 11:05 am - 12:20 pm
Transitions from Adult Education to Community College: A Collaborative Approach
Strand: Collaborating Across Sectors and Segments: Anti-Racist Partnerships and Networks Creating Equitable Outcomes
State Center Adult Education Consortium (SCAEC) provides leadership and guidance for 15 adult schools, four community colleges, a college center, a county jail program, a regional occupational program (ROP), and a county CalWorks program as well as several other community partners. A priority of SCAEC has been on creating smooth transitions from adult school to community college. This session will focus on a key challenge: how to identify, recruit, enroll, and provide comprehensive services to students who are dually enrolled in both adult school and community college. We will provide attendees with an understanding of SB 554 (dual enrollment for adult education students) and describe how our effort capitalizes on cross-sector and intersegmental partnerships between SCAEC, Fresno City College, and the Fresno K-16 Collaborative to leverage funding and support for adult education students’ transition to higher education.
Presenters: Donna Walters-Cooper and Tim Woods, Fresno City College; Karri Hammertrom, Fresno K-16 Collaborative; Pang Vangyi and Sherri Watkin, State Center Adult Education Consortium
Addressing Inequities Between Students in a Cohort Program and General Population Students: El Camino College’s Journey to Becoming a Guided Pathways College
Strand: Redressing Structural Inequities to Achieve More Equitable Institutions
In 2018, El Camino College began its guided pathways journey like many colleges: drafting program maps and determining meta-majors. To decide next steps, the college worked with the Career Ladders Project to hold a series of focus groups to compare the experiences of students in a cohort program (such as Puente, Extended Opportunities Programs and Services, and First Year Experience) versus those who were not in such a program. After recognizing disparities between the two groups, El Camino established success teams for each meta-major in 2019 designed to address inequities experienced by non-cohort students. Come hear the story of the student voices that exposed the problem, the organic way that success teams have developed, and the remaining inequities that still need to be addressed.
Presenters: Taryn Bailey, Giancarlo Fernandez, Janice Pon-Ishikawa, Joshua Rosales, and Jenny Simon, El Camino College
Solving for Equity: Implementing Math Pathways to Promote Racially Equitable Outcomes
Strand: Achieving Equity in the Classroom: Critical Changes to Address Inequities, Champion Anti-Racism, and Improve Learning
This session focuses on math success for Black, Latinx, and other historically underrepresented students. It is based on two studies, one analyzing the research literature and expert interviews, and the other based on interviews with practitioners as well as student focus groups across five California colleges. We combine lessons from these studies to draw insights on how to operationalize multiple math pathways to promote racially equitable outcomes. Our team of researchers and college practitioners will discuss findings with a focus on (1) designing rigorous and relevant pathways and content; (2) developing strategies for offering co-requisites and other types of embedded support; (3) institutionalizing equity-focused classroom practices and support mechanisms for racial equity in mathematics; and (4) actively recruiting and providing support for Black, Latinx, and other students traditionally underrepresented in STEM pathways.
Presenters: Tammi Marshall, Cuyamaca College; Mina Dadgar, Education Equity Solutions; and Rogéair Purnell, RDP Consulting
Working Together to Break Down District Barriers: Equity and Guided Pathways
Strand: Building Culturally Robust and Positive Practices that Increase Student Agency: Professional Learning and Leadership Development
State Center Community College District and its four institutions—Fresno City College, Clovis Community College, Reedley College, and Madera Community College—have banded together to work on guided pathways and equity in a districtwide collaboration, breaking down systemic barriers. After recognizing that 20% of students take classes at more than one college, faculty, staff, and administrators from each college and the district committed to working together under a shared goal of supporting student success across the district. The group identified four areas of collaboration, including technology, data, communication, and professional development. Team members from each college will discuss the benefits and challenges of district collaboration and provide attendees with specific examples of equity-focused collaboration.
Presenters: Elizabeth Romero, Clovis Community College; Kerry Ybarra, Fresno City College; Sergio Lemus, Madera Community College Center; and Stephanie Curry, Reedley College
Best Practices and Benefits of Utilizing Students in your Guided Pathways and Equity Efforts
Strand: Strategic and Integrated Planning to Create Caring, Equitable, and Anti-Racist Campus Communities
This session will highlight the Lassen Community College (LCC) cultural shift from presuming student perceptions of the college to valuing students' input as a vital ongoing contribution to its guided pathways reform. We will focus on the iterative process the guided pathways team went through in design, implementation, evaluation, and redesign of student engagement in our guided pathways work. Practical tips will also be shared regarding how LCC identified, recruited, and paid students, as well as increased student agency through these efforts. Furthermore, we will feature how this student equity engagement project is influencing other initiatives across the college.
Presenters: Tim Morehouse, Foundation for California Community Colleges; Tara Bias, Roger Ferreira, Brook Luna, Brady Reed, Kateryn Rodriguez Gonzalez, Adam Runyan, and Michell Williams, Lassen Community College
How Community College Tutors Are Transforming through Learning, Collaboration, and Leadership
Strand: Creating Equitable Support Systems for Students and Employees that Address Basic Needs and Physical and Mental Well-Being
When our tutoring center went online, it presented the greatest challenge of our careers. It also provided us a unique opportunity to create new avenues for professional learning, leadership, and connections. Building on the Appreciative Inquiry framework and the existing statewide 3CSN learning assistance network, we will explore how this online transition inspired us to re-examine how we provide services that are more flexible, responsive, and inclusive. We will also explore how peer educators have taken the lead in many of these conversations. In this interactive breakout session, participants will hear one college's successes and lessons learned in their journey creating professional learning to support students and peer educators during this transformation. Come ready to share your own successes and lessons learned along your journey.
Presenters: Valeria Carrillo, Crystal Kiekel, and Edouard Tchertchian, Los Angeles Pierce College