Community colleges in Pasadena and Santa Barbara have been honored for helping new and underprepared students reach their educational goals.
The First Year Pathway program at Pasadena City College and Santa Barbara City College’s Express to Success program were given the 2012 Chancellor’s Student Success Award at the Community College League of California’s annual convention in Los Angeles.
The Pasadena program guarantees placement of participants in hard-to-obtain English and math classes during the fall and spring semester of their first year and provides counseling and other support services. Data show that participants progressed through the math sequence at a faster rate than a comparison group. In 2012, more than 800 students enrolled and the college is seeking to expand the program.
Students in the Santa Barbara program take remedial English and math together with the same teacher and commit to taking at least 12 units each semester. Participants completed accelerated math or English at higher rates than those taking traditional courses, and 90% of students who started in the fall of 2011 continued their studies through the next spring.