May 5, 2015

The new East County Education Alliance, a partnership between the East County high school and college districts, will be the topic of discussion at the first joint meeting of the two districts’ Governing Boards to be held May 19.

At the meeting, to be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Cuyamaca College Student Center, members of the governing boards for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and Grossmont Union High School District will hear reports on the progress the Alliance has made since it was formed in October.

“This historic meeting of our two Governing Boards demonstrates our commitment to helping high school students have a smoother path to college and a career,” said Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District.

The Alliance was formed to increase collaboration between the two districts so that students are better informed about their college and career options after high school and have a smoother path to college. The partnership is also working to encourage more high school students to take college preparatory and  for-credit classes so they are better prepared when they take the next step in their education.

Ralf Swenson, superintendent of the Grossmont Union High School District, said a key goal of the district board is to help all of their high school graduates to be ready for college and a career. “The Alliance brings the high school and college boards together to show the community the shared commitment to supporting the young people of East County in achieving that goal,” he said.

The Alliance wants to increase the number of students who graduate from high school prepared for college, along with increasing the numbers of students who graduate from college ready to enter the workforce. Currently, about three-quarters of the students who enter community college need remedial classes so they are ready for college-level courses.

Since the alliance’s initial meeting in October, representatives from the high school and college district have been meeting to develop strategies in specific areas. Each group will provide a report on their progress at the May 17 meeting.

The areas include:

  • Aligning curriculum so that high school students learn what they need to know to succeed in their college classes
  • Promoting readiness for college for high school students
  • Developing communications with high school students and their parents to inform them about preparing for college and a career.
  • Engaging businesses and the community to help define and support Alliance goals.