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Initiatives

We help graduate more than 180,000 students each year!

The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC) works to lend support and to actively advocate for numerous programs, policies, resources, initiatives and legislation, which can serve to improve and increase education access and success rates, including the following:

California Department Of Education – California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) – Sacramento, CA

Our plan to support CCPT is two-fold. Firstly, we will recruit and educate 60 high school students to participate in college knowledge curriculum (over 30 hours of instruction) by offering a College/Career Boot Camp, so they are prepared for the college application and admission process. We will provide training, support, and conduct all of the necessary follow-up to ensure these students are successful in their personal college admissions experiences. Secondly, we will also effectively train them in career pathways. We will do this by working with the California Teaching Fellows Foundation to provide mentorship to our participants.

Central/Mother Lode Regional Consortium (CRC) – CA

The CRC is a collaboration of community college faculty and staff, regional workforce and economic development organizations that serve the Central and Mother Lode region. The CVHEC and the Central/Mother Lode Regional Consortium have partnered to support regional initiatives. Through professional development, curriculum development, and collaborative communication and implementation, we collectively provide education and training to create a highly skilled workforce.

Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) (formally the Fresno Regional Foundation) – Fresno, CA

The CVHEC and the Fresno Regional Foundation have been partners for 3 years. They are a reoccurring sponsor of our College/Career Boot Camp investing $75,000. Our next camp is scheduled to take place December 19-22, 2015 at Fresno State. $25,000 will provide programming and trained staff. Many of the staff members completing a master’s degree in education and counseling, and are educated in working with vulnerable youth. They have developed a solid curriculum that motivates and inspires our participants towards success and a better life.

Complete College America (CCA) – Indianapolis, IN

CCA is a national nonprofit with a single mission: to work with states to significantly increase the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees. As members of their alliance, we have pledged to take bold actions. (1)Significantly increase the number of students successfully completing college and achieving degrees and credentials with value in the labor market and (2) close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations. CVHEC and CCA are pairing up to set completion goals, develop action plans and move key policy levers, collect and report progress on Corequisite Remediation and 15 to Finish.

Corequisite Remediation – The CVHEC has joined CCA and 15 states in committing to scale corequisite remediation by 2018. Leading content experts will work one-on-one with faculty, staff, and administrators to develop goals and formulate organized, manageable work plans. Institutional teams will explore current English and math pathways for students to see where they are aligned to programs of study and will assess intake processes for guiding students into appropriate gateway courses, including corequisite academic support. Teams will develop work plans for implementing corequisite instructional models and bring corequisite remediation to scale.

15 to Finish 15 to Finish is a set of strategies to facilitate more students enrolling in 15 credits per term or 30 credits year-round for students who can not go full time. The CVHEC will bring together a broad set of stakeholders to share the importance of supporting full-time enrollment at 15 credits per term. Participants will learn from other states and institutions that have made significant gains from such strategies. Institutional teams will put together plans for policy, professional development and communication to increase the number of students who are able to graduate on time.

Lumina Foundation – Indianapolis, IN

Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. It is the nation’s largest private foundation focused solely on increasing Americans’ success in higher education. The CVHEC has paired up with Lumina, and is working with Fresno Area Strive and Fresno Compact to hone in the best practices for college access and completion. Strategies include a financial aid campaign created by college students, math boot camps to prevent remediation among first time freshmen, and efforts that work to align curriculum between K-12 and higher education faculty.

Central Valley Goal 2025- The local effort to increase the number of high quality certificates and degrees to meet the needs of the Central Valley workforce. Fresno and its surrounding communities have been named one of 75 communities throughout the nation identified by Lumina Foundation to receive resources to support efforts to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Locally, the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium and the Fresno Compact have accepted that charge on behalf of the Central Valley.

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U.S. Department Of Education

Working with the Awareness and Outreach Division we are using the power of social media and the hash tag #iAmMyFinancialAid to increase awareness of financial aid, educate about responsible spending, and increase the amount of financial aid applications. Our strategies are to use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share information with our followers and partners.

Walter S. Johnson Foundation – San Francisco, CA

The Walter S. Johnson Foundation currently supports two California initiatives to improve outcomes for vulnerable youths and young adults, California College Pathways and California Connected by 25. Our work with the Walter S. Johnson Foundation is growing into advocacy and policy efforts. The support is centered on the most vulnerable populations including foster care and out of school youth. In the past, Walter S. Johnson assisted CVHEC in launching the first College/Career Boot Camp.