Congratulations to the first class of L.A. College Promise Scholars, nearly 100 local partners launch the L.A. P3 Strategic Plan, safe zones and resources available through the "We Are One" L.A. Unified campaign
These stories and more in the August issue of the L.A. Compact Connection Newsletter
Mayor Garcetti welcomes first class of L.A. College Promise Scholars at Pierce College
On July 13, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti visited Pierce College in Woodland Hills to address 150 L.A. College Promise scholars as they kicked off summer programming. Pierce College President Dr. Kathleen F. Burke hosted the Mayor and College Promise partners from the L.A. Community College District (LACCD), L.A. Unified, and the L.A. Area Chamber. Each of the nine LACCD campuses are offering comprehensive support services to College Promise scholars as they begin classes. Pierce College is offering summer bridge, success coaches, priority registration, and first-year experience programs to an expected 1,000 College Promise students this fall. 5,000 high school graduates are expected to enroll in the program across the nine LACCD campuses this year.
The L.A. College Promise is a collaborative initiative to provide L.A. Unified and charter school graduates with free tuition during their first year of college in conjunction with additional support services to help them graduate.
Read our blog post about the celebration
Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) unveils strategic plan
Nearly 100 partners attended a meeting on August 2nd at the L.A. Area Chamber to celebrate the launch of the L.A. P3 Strategic Plan for disconnected youth. Nearly one out of six young people in the region, ages 18-24, are not in school and not working, amounting to over 170,000 disconnected youth. The meeting featured several former disconnected youth now serving as P3 Ambassadors at different YouthSource centers. The Youth Ambassadors shared how the program helped them and expressed their gratitude for both a job and being able to help the next generation. “They were able to help me get back on track,” said Ashly Palomares, one of the P3 Youth Ambassadors at the event. “Now I’m at Cal State L.A. working toward becoming a social worker.”
A key strategy in the plan is the development of the Reconnecting L.A. Youth Institute (ReLAY), a partnership between the five California State University campuses in the Los Angeles region. The institute will focus on: increasing knowledge and analytic capacity; capturing and sharing data; identifying best practices; disseminating innovation; fostering networks; and catalyzing and facilitating collective action and leadership that builds and strengthens the capacity of public systems, nonprofits, and other service providers to better serve disconnected youth.
L.A. Compact partners with L.A. Community College District to engage stakeholders on new draft strategic plan
The L.A. Compact partnered with the L.A. Community College District (LACCD) to engage business, education, and civic leaders on the district’s new strategic plan. The plan lays out LACCD's strategic vision and draft goals related to increasing certificate, degree and transfer completion; improving organizational effectiveness; and ensuring fiscal integrity. In July and August, the Compact partnered with LACCD to organize three forums to solicit feedback on the plan from external stakeholders in education, business, and civic organizations.
New Center for a Competitive Workforce will inform regional workforce systems alignment
In July, the region’s first Center for a Competitive Workforce launched as a public-private partnership between the L.A. Area Chamber, L.A. County’s 19 community colleges, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, Southern California Leadership Council, and the Center for Excellence for Labor Market Research at Mt. San Antonio College. The Center will assess and analyze current labor supply, occupation demand, and the growth of industries, using this data to inform workforce development priorities and create alignment among career and technical education programs. Additionally, the partnership will support the development of six regional industry councils which will be responsible for validating labor market data, advising colleges of the necessary occupational skills and workforce education performance objectives, and informing regional model curriculum and program design.
County Supervisors Ridley-Thomas & Kuehl sponsor motion for community reentry hub
The motion directs the Chief Probation Officer and Office of Diversion and Reentry to develop a plan for a pilot reentry hub near Exposition Park that would co-locate public agencies and community partners to streamline services and improve outcomes for formerly incarcerated individuals.
A new series of trainings spearheaded by Mayor Eric Garcetti and LGBTQ advocates are promoting employment practices that can expand career opportunities for transgender young people.
Superintendent Michelle King announced the campaign at her annual State of the District Address on Aug 8th. The campaign provides resources on educational and constitutional rights, guidelines for families on how to create a preparedness plan and information for teachers and school leaders on how to respond if families are detained.
Horace Mann becomes UCLA’s second community school
Twenty years ago, Horace Mann middle school served over 2,000 students; today, the South L.A. school serves only 350 students and faces the twin challenges of declining enrollment and low student achievement. UCLA has been working with L.A. Unified over the past two years to develop a plan to turn around Horace Mann and transition the school to a new governance model.
WHAT WE’RE READING
“L.A. Unified is expanding beneficial dual-language programs for preschoolers” via the L.A. Times
“States all over the map on ensuring educational stability for foster youth” via the Chronicle for Social Change
“A new vision for California’s community colleges” via the Sacramento Bee
“Cal State will no longer require placement exams and remedial classes for freshmen” via the L.A. Times
“1 in 5 L.A. community college students is homeless, survey finds” via the L.A. Times