CONTRA COSTA COLLEGE and K-12 EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS
Contra Costa College works closely with the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD), with John Swett Unified School District, and with private elementary and secondary schools throughout West Contra Costa County. These educational partnerships are designed to prepare students for college at an early age and to help ensure that students are aware of their local educational and career training opportunities.
HELMS MIDDLE SCHOOL TUTORING PROGRAM
CCC's Center for Science Excellence students provide tutorial assistance for Helms Middle School students.
WCCUSD SCIENCE FAIR
Contra Costa College in collaboration with WCCUSD hosts their Annual Science Fair at the college. Students from all over the county bring their science projects and display them at the college for one week. Then there is an award ceremony at the end of the week to honor the best student science projects.
CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION COUNSELOR IN ALL SIX FEEDER HIGH SCHOOLS
CCC has assigned a CTE counselor with set hours at Pinole Valley, Hercules, Richmond, Kennedy, El Cerrito, De Anza, and John Sweet High Schools. The counselors organize career workshops, assist with CTE educational plans for those planning to attend Contra Costa College, and participate in many school activities and acts as a liaison between our faculty and the local high school
TECH PREP/CAREER PATHWAYS
The Tech Prep/Career Pathways Program seeks to develop strong connections between the last two years of high school and the first two years of community college. In doing so, the program has partnered closely with the West Contra Costa Unified School District's
implementation of a Multiple Career Pathway approach in all WCCUSD high schools.
High school students can benefit from the Tech Prep/Career Pathways in three ways.
- They can participate in field trips and other programs designed to introduce them to various careers.
- They can earn college credit in high school for strong academic performance in articulated courses. Secondary and postseconday faculty develop formal articulation agreements when they determine that their courses have considerable overlap. In those cases, high school students who pass a test developed by the community college can earn college credit for a high school course for the high school.
- Finally, high school students can earn college credit through concurrent enrollment when college classes are offered at their high schools.
The Tech Prep Program has developed strong connections with the Law and Justice Academies where students at Pinole Valley High School and Richmond High School can earn college credit through articulated courses and concurrent enrollment opportunities at the high school campus. Students at El Cerrito High School in the Green Academy in Automotive Technology have taken a college level class at their high school.
Future plans include a focus on the Health Academy programs offered at De Anza, Pinole Valley, and Richmond High Schools.
EXPANDING YOUR HORIZONS
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is an international program for girls from ages 11-15 who attend public and private schools. EYH encourages girls to learn about exciting careers in math, science, and technology. To learn more about the national organization, go to the Expanding Your Horizons website. CCC sponsors an EYH conference each spring. Participants have an exciting and fun-filled day of hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities led by professional women scientists and engineers. They perform actual science experiments in small groups and talk with women from many different fields. For example, they might discover how an iPod is built, launch a comet, look at brain MRIs, or find the link between cooking and chemistry and much more!
CONTRA COSTA BUSINESS/EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE and CCC
This partnership is designed to work together on "industry specific" workforce development initiatives such as biotechnology, health, manufacturing, and construction apprenticeship programs in the high schools in order to link these careers to community college training.
RICHMOND YOUTH WORKS/WCCUSD PROJECT
City of Richmond Youth Works has established an afternoon tutoring program for at-risk youth. Students are referred by the local high schools and enrolled in academic skills, ESL, and a graphics class. In addition, the college is working with YouthWorks to develop the Summer Youth Employment Program.
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY CELEBRATION
The college in conjunction with WCCUSD has sponsored an annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration at the Knox Center for the Performing Arts. More than 100 students from local schools participate in the program.
AFTER SCHOOL MATHEMATICS TUTORING WITH RICHMOND HIGH SCHOOL'S ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
Contra Costa College's CSE-MESA students tutor Richmond High School athletes in mathematics and better prepare them for the exit exam.
WEST COUNTY READS
Contra Costa College staff members volunteer to read to students at the local elementary schools every year on Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 3rd.
UC BERKELEY/LAWRENCE HALL OF SCIENCE
The LHS is sponsoring an NSF-funded tutoring program in science and mathematics at Contra Costa College. Students from local high schools are participating in this program.