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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: Renah Wolzinger, Golden West College

Golden West College partners with UC Davis and UC Irvine for C-STEM K-14 Program

  • Type of Practice: Contextualized Content
  • Type(s) of Users Served: First-time Students, Higher Unit Certificate Students
  • Sector(s): Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)/Digital Media
  • Momentum Point(s) & Leading Indicators : MP 10, MP 13, MP 19, LI 1, LI 5 (click here for description)
  • Regions Involved: Orange County
  • Colleges Involved: Golden West College
  • Other Organizations: UC Davis, UC Irvine

The Challenge

Integrating Computing and Robotics into Algebra I and CTE/Digital Media Arts. The National Science Foundation funded C-STEM program was developed by UC Davis to: Improve C-STEM (Computing, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education in K-14 through formal and informal programs – emphasis on Algebra I; Close the achievement gap and prepare students to be career and college ready with a suite of common core compliant curriculum and opportunities for collaboration.

The Solution

The Digital Media and Computer Science teachers from Marina High School and Golden West College were trained on the C STEM programming for Robots, taught by faculty at UC Davis. The students at both institutions were taught to use the programming language to have the robots perform certain skills. In addition, the students wrote stories about the robots and and produced videos using both the programming they learned, writing skills, and media and technical skills producing a video.

The competition was held at UCI, and the students worked together to have the robot perform tasks for the judges. Our teams did well, and our storytelling team from Golden West College won 1st place in the state for their entry – Harmless Robots.


Address the skills gap and achievement gap existing in the field of ICT and in Algebra.

• Promote awareness and interest in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) field as a pathway of study and career for K-14.

• Connect teachers and students with post- secondary levels, industry, and available resources and training opportunities.

• Create a network of ICT/DMA/STEM teachers.

C-STEM is now an option for new undergraduate applicants to select asa UC approved educational preparation program, commencing fall 2015 for all UC campuses. C-STEM student and team awards are now recognized in the UC admissions process as achievements that have explicitly prepared students for college and career.

The Data

Number of student participants: 30
Number of Teachers Involved: 5
Grants Given: $3000 per school
Schools Participated: 4

Supporting Information

C-STEM Day Program for MS

Video Entries for Orange County and UC Davis

Final Scores for Orange County Teams

Final Scores for UC Davis Teams

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Common Metrics

Leading Indicators

LI 1 Alignment of skillsets within a program (or set of courses) to a particular occupation and the needs of the labor market
LI 2 Regionalization of stackable certificates aligned with a particular occupation ladder
LI 3 Alignment of a certificate with state-, industry-, nationally-, and/or employer- recognized certification
LI 4 Creation of a credit certificate from non-credit certificate
LI 5 Curriculum articulation along a career or multi-career educational pathway
LI 6 Updating the skills of faculty, teachers, counselors, and/or “supporting staff to student” to reflect labor market needs
LI 7 Integration of small business creation and/or exporting modules into for-credit curriculum in other disciplines

Momentum Points

Middle School Cluster
MP 1Completed an individual career and skills awareness workshop in middle school that included a normed assessment process and was in a Doing What Matters priority or emerging sector
Transition from Middle School to High School
MP 2Completed a bridge program between middle school and high school and revised student career/education plan
MP 3Completed a student orientation and assessment program while in middle school or high school
High School Cluster
MP 4Completed one course in high school within a CTE pathway
MP 5Completed two or more courses in high school within a CTE pathway
MP 6Completed a CTE articulated course
MP 6aSuccessfully completed a CTE dual enrollment course or credit by exam, with receipt of transcripted credits
MP 7Completed a program in high school within a CTE pathway
Transition from High School to College Cluster
MP 8Completed a bridge program between high school and college in a CTE pathway
MP 9Completed college orientation and assessment as a first-time community college student who entered a community college CTE pathway
MP 10Transitioned from a high school CTE pathway to a similar community college CTE pathway
MP 11Transferred from a high school CTE pathway to a similar CSU, UC or private/independent university CTE pathway
MP 12Completed a counselor-approved college education plan, for first-time community college students who enter a CTE pathway
MP 13During high school, participated in an internship, work-based learning, mentoring, or job shadowing program in a CTE pathway
MP 14Percentage of community college students, who participated in a high school CTE pathway, whose first math or English course was below transfer-level
Community College Cluster
MP 15Completed two courses in the same CTE pathway
MP 16Retention rate between Fall and Spring within a CTE pathway
MP 17Completed a non-CCCCO-approved certificate within a CTE pathway
MP 18Completed a CCCCO-approved certificate within a CTE pathway
General Education and Transfer Progress Cluster
MP 19Completed a work readiness soft skills training program (either stand-alone or embedded) within a CTE pathway
MP 20Completed college level English and/or math, for students in a CTE pathway
MP 21Completed the CSU-GE or IGETC transfer track/certificate for students in a CTE pathway
MP 22Completed requirements in a CTE pathway, but did not receive a certificate or a degree
MP 23Completed an associate degree in a CTE major
MP 24Completed an associate degree in a major different from student’s college CTE pathway
MP 25Transferred from community college to a four-year university in the same CTE pathway
MP 26Transferred from community college to a four-year university in a major different from their CTE pathway
Community College Transition To Workforce Cluster
MP 27Participated in a college internship or workplace learning program within a CTE pathway
MP 28Attained a job placement in the same or similar field of study as CTE pathway
MP 29Acquired an industry-recognized, third-party credential
Workforce Progress Cluster
MP 30Attained a wage gain in a career in the same or similar CTE pathway
MP 31Attained wages equal to or greater than the median regional wage for that CTE pathway
MP 32Attained wages greater than the regional standard-of-living wage
MP 33Participated in incumbent worker training or contract education in a CTE pathway (for example training for layoff aversion, meeting heightened occupational credentialing requirement, transitioning employees whose occupations are being eliminated, or up-skilling existing employees)
MP 34Exception


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