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Submitted By: Kevin Fleming, Norco College

Summer Program Helps High School Seniors Place Higher in Math and English

  • Type of Practice: Data-Backed Decision Making
  • Type(s) of Users Served: First-time Students
  • Sector(s): Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Transportation & Renewable Energy, Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technologies, Energy, Construction & Utilities, Global Trade & Logistics, Health, Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)/Digital Media, Life Sciences/Biotech, Retail/Hospitality/Tourism, Small Business
  • Momentum Point(s) & Leading Indicators : MP 9, MP 12, MP 14 (click here for description)
  • Regions Involved: Inland Empire/Desert
  • Colleges Involved: Norco College
  • Other Organizations: Corona-Norco Unified School District

The Challenge

First-time students sometimes place in math and English classes that are below the level they completed in high school. This forces students to take more classes unnecessarily, which means staying in college longer.

The Solution

The Summer Advantage Program was launched in 2012 in an effort to provide free Summer Advantage academic workshops to help students from the Corona-Norco Unified School District place into a higher level of math and/or English. Participating students are given the tools to advance a level or more in these subjects, saving time and money. Participants are also provided essential college success information and time to work with counselors to complete a comprehensive Student Educational Plan. Students who complete Summer Advantage receive early registration and guaranteed opportunity to enroll in math and English courses at Norco College.

Outcomes

The program provides participating students with the knowledge and tools to receive the best placement in math and/or English courses. Students are able to skip over 300 levels (classes) due to recommendations by Summer Advantage faculty.

In January 2014 the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges selected the Summer Advantage program as one of its four winners for its Exemplary Program Award.

The Data

In 2013, 192 students advanced one or more levels in math or English. Students found the workshops to be beneficial, and 280 students received an extensive orientation to prepare them for the transition to college. In Fall 2013, Summer Advantage students enrolled in an average of 12.4 units compared to 8.3 units for other first-time college students. Also, 99% of Summer Advantage students registered for math or English in their first semester, compared to 50% for other first-time students.

Supporting Information

Program Brochure

Read about the program’s growth and positive results here

Read about the program’s selection for a state award here

Read about the program’s selection as a featured presentation at a student success summit here


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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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