Practices with Promise Success Story
Submitted By: David Norton, Copper Mountain Community College District
CMC visits K-12 District for All Staff Day
- Type of Practice: Partnerships & Collaboration
- Targeted Population: Associate Degree Students, High School Diploma Students, Teachers, Faculty and Staff, K12 to CC Transitioning Students
- Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, Apprenticeship, English as a Second Language & Citizenship , Career Technical Education
- Consortia Involved:
Morongo Basin AEBG Consortium (Copper Mountain): Copper Mountain Community College District, Morongo Unified School District
Although our Consortium is composed of the one community college district and the one K-12 district in our region, we often do not know what goes on in the other district. For Copper Mountain College's All Staff Day on January 14, 2016, our college campus was closed, and we all boarded the yellow buses provided by Morongo Unified School District. We were divided into four groups with two groups going to two different high and elementary schools, another group going to a junior high and elementary school, and the final group going to the continuation high school and a middle school.
Members of Morongo Unified management served as guides for the college faculty, classified staff, and management. We were able to visit a wide variety of classrooms and see first-hand the various programs offered by our local school district and the technology being used throughout all grades of the K-12 system. We quietly sat in the back of classrooms as elementary teachers worked with students, we saw state-of-the-art classroom, we experienced career/technical programs as varied as cyber security, culinary, and engineering.
Our college-wide participation in this event just served to renew our partnership with our local K-12 District, Morongo Unified School District (MUSD). MUSD closed one of its two continuation schools three years ago, and MUSD and CMC are in discussions about re-opening it to serve as a CTE pathways institute that would offer high school courses that articulate with CMC, and then the student would transition into the same program with the college, thereby creating seamless pathways that would lead to employment. In addition, we'd be able to leverage the facilities and equipment: while these CTE programs are offered only to high school students during the day, CMC would be able to offer these programs to adult students in the evening.
We are planning to offer our first program in this re-opened facility Fall 2016.