Coastside Futures vision includes supporting students to meet developmental milestones, so they graduate from high school prepared for further education followed by a career in the modern workforce; providing the resources to access and complete postsecondary education or training; and respecting and valuing the work they ultimately choose.
A New Promise Initiative
Cabrillo and La Honda-Pescadero school districts have united behind a new Promise Initiative based on the belief that with the right support, 70% of their students can complete post-secondary education or training and be qualified for the knowledge-based jobs of the future.
Cabrillo Education Foundation brought together the Cabrillo and La Honda-Pescadero school districts to develop a Promise Initiative providing a systematic way to support students to complete their post-secondary educations.
These school districts have already begun to implement a number of programs to build to post-secondary readiness including The Big Lift to meet kindergarten readiness and third grade reading milestones, the AVID program to build study and life skills and provide mentoring, and early college, to help students earn college credits while still in high school.
New programs will provide creative and collaborative experiences, including technology, for 4th- 12th graders. The initiative will also include advising and mentoring during post-secondary, as well as help accessing all the financial aid students are eligible for and last dollar scholarships for whatever financial aid doesn’t cover.
This effort includes a ground-breaking partnership with Ron Galatolo, Chancellor of the San Mateo County Community College District, who is working with these communities on early college and a more seamless transition from secondary to post-secondary. He also wants to work on the possibilities for more tuition, books, and transportation assistance.
Down the road, this program could help many students earn up to 2 years of college credits by high school graduation, as well as build their confidence that they can do college-level work. They will have effectively finished 2 years of post-secondary work free, and will qualify to go on to a CSU or UC for their final 2 years.
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Executive Director, CEF