Have you heard? JUSD has dramatically expanded the number of Career Technical Education courses eligible for college credit.
The upshot: Through a process called articulated credit, students now can earn college units for completing high school courses in 12 areas of CTE – compared with four areas last year. And the list will continue to grow and evolve.
"This is an opportunity for students to earn college credit in a field that's of interest to them at no cost and no risk," said Roberta Pace, Director of College and Career Readiness for JUSD.
The yearlong courses are taught at Jurupa high schools by members of the high school faculty. Students assume no risk because a grade of B or better earns them college credit, while a grade of C or lower leaves no blemish on their college transcript.
Articulated credit, available only for CTE classes, helps Jurupa students save money, avoid repeating coursework in college, and study efficiently, earning high school and college credits simultaneously.
"What's great is that students are taking these courses anyway," Ms. Pace said.
To date, community colleges have approved the following Jurupa classes for college credit, based on course content and rigor:
Riverside City College
San Bernardino Valley College
Mt. San Antonio College
Articulated credit is new this year for all but photography, TV production, video production and veterinary science. More than 250 Jurupa students are enrolled in at least one of 12 articulated CTE courses, Ms. Pace said.
While most articulation agreements are with nearby RCC, Jurupa contracted with Mt. San Antonio College, in Walnut, because it's the closest college that offers an agriculture program, and with SBVC to give graduates the option to pursue auto collision repair in Riverside or San Bernardino, said Ms. Pace.
In these cases and others, articulated courses help build a bridge to college.
"Once students have done college-level work, they're more likely to pursue college after high school graduation," Ms. Pace said. "And they enter those courses with more confidence, because they've already been successful with college work."
The district tripled the number of articulated CTE courses this year thanks to a push by Ms. Pace and Jurupa teachers: They updated JUSD's CTE coursework to better reflect state and industry standards; pursued more articulation agreements with colleges; and more closely aligned JUSD CTE pathways with college curricula.
Expanding articulated CTE courses reflects Jurupa's broader emphasis on preparing each student for college and careers – and supporting every student in learning without limits for a lifetime.
Said Ms. Pace: "Another thing I like about this is very often in the CTE world, there's a perception that CTE is for students to go directly to the work force. CTE is also preparing students for postsecondary education, so it just creates a lot of opportunities for our students … CTE is truly college and career."
For more information, students should visit their school counselors.