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The San Diego Promise and dual enrollment will be two topics discussed at the Joint Board Meeting on March 19 .

Joint Board Meeting set for SDCCD and San Diego Unified

March 5, 2019 | San Diego Community College District

Special initiatives to ensure student success, an expanded San Diego Promise program, the future of dual enrollment, and enhanced career education opportunities are on the agenda when the governing boards of the San Diego Community College District and the San Diego Unified School District hold their annual joint meeting March 19.

The meeting, the eighth joint session since 2011, is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the Educational Cultural Complex Performing Arts Theatre, 4343 Ocean View Blvd., in San Diego.

“We are proud that the governing boards of the San Diego Community College District and the San Diego Unified School District are committed to ensuring the success of our students in a well-organized pathway from secondary schools to community college. These meetings are critical in establishing programs and initiatives to ensure that students are well prepared to achieve their higher education and career goals,” said SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll.

The session will be facilitated by Carl Luna, a professor of political science at San Diego Mesa College’s Accelerated College Program, which offers college courses to advanced high school students.  Luna is also a well-known civic leader and political commentator in the San Diego news media.

Among the topics up for discussion is the San Diego Promise program, which offers two, tuition-free years of education at San Diego City, Mesa, or Miramar colleges for first-time, full-time students. Approximately 2,000 local students have enrolled in the San Diego Promise in the current school year, up from 661 students in 2017-18 and 186 students when a pilot program was launched the prior year.

The boards will also discuss dual enrollment, which comes as 2015 legislation – which significantly expanded opportunities for high school students to enroll in community college courses on high school campuses through College and Career Pathway partnerships – is less than three years from reaching its sunset date. Proposed legislation would eliminate the sunset date of January 1, 2022, and allow College and Career Pathway partnerships to continue indefinitely. Students in the San Diego Unified School District registered for 7,704 college classes last year, of which most were through the College and Career Pathway partnership program.

In addition, the two governing boards will tackle expanding career technical education options, a priority for the California Community Colleges system. High school students already are offered career education opportunities in such areas as emergency medical technician, cyber security, and health information management.

"The San Diego Unified School District and the San Diego Community College District are the second largest K-12 and community college districts in California, but we are at the front of the class when it comes to collaboration," said SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten. "We both look forward to another productive joint meeting, and we encourage the public to attend."

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