Focus on Freshmen 2018 - Santa Barbara
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Proven Strategies for Developing the High School/College Connection
Best Practices for Get Focused...Stay Focused!® High Schools and College Collaborations
June 5 & 6, 2018

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The term “career pathways” in one form or another has been around for a long time. It’s been tied to Perkins funding, it is what high school academies are all about, and now it appears in state-level mandates such as, in California, the Career Pathways Trust grants, the SB 1070 goals, and the Guided Pathway movement. Today, the concepts that inform career pathways have an even stronger mandate than ever: How do we get students ready to enter the workforce in a very competitive employment climate?

That is a big mandate and, to make it functional for students, both high schools and colleges must collaborate with systems and programs that are truly seamless. The award-winning Get Focused...Stay Focused!® program model can jumpstart that effort with a plug and play system that can be easily implemented with two willing partners.

The sessions in this institute will explore the “missing link” in Career Academies, Linked Learning, and Career Pathways: a comprehensive career exploration and guidance coursework starting in 9th grade. Professionals working with various career pathways at both the high school and college levels will speak (some via video uplink) about logistics, administrative and community buy‐in, and student follow‐up through matriculation into college.

Don’t reinvent the wheel. The presenters in this institute bring experiences from their freshman courses and Get Focused...Stay Focused!® programs. College and high school program administrators will leave with a wealth of ideas to take back to your campuses. The ability of colleges and high schools to form close relationships and partnerships is paramount in helping students stay on their chosen career path and continue to use their 10‐year Plans consistently throughout high school, college, and on into the workforce.

Who Should Attend?
High School and College Administrators in charge of:
  • Career Pathways programs
  • Guided Pathways programs
  • Linked Learning programs
  • Dual Credit Programs
  • College Success Programs
Teams of High School and College Administrators charged with working together are encouraged.
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Earn CEU Credit While Attending This Institute