L.A. Unified paves the way for 15,000 students to take community college classes - during their high school day

Los Angeles Times

It will be easier for L.A. students to take community college classes for free -- while sitting in their high school classrooms. The Los Angeles Unified School District board approved an agreement Tuesday with the Los Angeles Community College District that will let high schools enter partnerships with their local community colleges to offer classes on campus, during the regular school day. The schools hope to serve 15,000 L.A. Unified students a year. "This is truly a partnership," said Board President Steve Zimmer. "We're going to elevate both the amazing work that is already done on our high school and adult campuses, while at the same time creating new opportunities for our students."

One student's take on the value of community college

Los Angeles Times

Ever since National College Decision Day on May 1, high school seniors have been tooting their own horns, bragging about the colleges that have accepted them. Students who were admitted into universities like UCLA, UC Berkeley, or any of the other prestigious undergraduate schools in California are often celebrated, but there is a large portion of high school students left out of the limelight. This is the case mostly because of these students' plans to take a wiser, and more economical route to higher education, which means transferring after two years of community college into the UC or CSU school systems. Yes, there is not much to brag about when you are going to El Camino or Santa Monica Community College, because after all, it is not Stanford, but what matters is the end result. No matter where you go for higher education, the first two years of college that lead up to attaining an Associate's Degree are filled with classes that satisfy the General Education (GE) requirement, which is mandatory for every college student.

Compton College receives initial accreditation after years of rebuilding

Los Angeles Times

Compton College, which lost its accreditation more than a decade ago during a time of serious administrative failure and widespread corruption, has been granted initial accreditation status and is one step away from winning back its full standing. In a meeting late Wednesday, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges reviewed recent evaluations and agreed to the initial status -- a major acknowledgement of the college's efforts to rebuild. "On behalf of the commission, I wish to express our appreciation for the significant scope and quality of work that Compton College undertook," Richard Winn, the commission's interim president, wrote in a letter to Compton College leaders. Compton's troubles began to draw serious public attention in May 2004 when the state -- in a rare action -- took over the college in an effort to restore it to financial solvency. The takeover followed an investigation by the state chancellor's office amid concerns about the school's accounting practices.

These 44 colleges will accept Pell grants from high schoolers who want college credit

PBS NewsHour

The Obama administration plans to launch a "dual enrollment" program this summer that offers Pell grants for early college courses to students still in high school. The 44 colleges participating in the experimental program were announced Monday. WASHINGTON -- Thousands of low-income students in nearly two dozen states will soon be able to get federal grants to take college courses for credit while still in high school, part of a program the Obama administration plans to begin this summer. The experimental program allows high school students to apply for federal Pell grant money to pay for college courses. The "dual enrollment" program is designed to help students from lower-income backgrounds.