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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: Tim Doyle, ACCEL

Web Developer/Coding Pathway Collaboration

  • Type of Practice: Partnerships & Collaboration
  • Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, Adult Secondary Education Students, CTE Student, High School Diploma Students, High School Equivalency Students, Returning Students, Vocational Certificate Students, K12 to CC Transitioning Students
  • Program Area(s): Adult Basic & Secondary Education, Career Technical Education
  • Consortia Involved:
    Accel San Mateo County: Cabrillo USD, Jefferson Union High School District, La Honda-Pescadero USD, San Mateo County Community College District, San Mateo Union High School District, Sequoia Union High School District, South San Francisco Unified School District

The Challenge

Sequoia Adult School and the local CBO JobTrain had worked together over the years to provide referrals to each other's programs for High School Equivalency and basic skills development at the Adult School and CTE at JobTrain. There was no systematic referral or tracking system nor were students from the Adult School necessarily prepared for or possessed the HSE needed for targeted CTE programs. The local community college, Canada College, also provided some classes that were similar in nature to JobTrain and students were not sure what would be the best path in certain fields.

The Solution

In April 2015, Canada College, JobTrain and Sequoia Adult School collaborated to pilot a Coding/Web Development class targeted to low-income individuals, with the goal of providing the training and support services students need to transition to high paying jobs and/or college. An assessment process was developed using Career Ready 101 Locating Information test that was determined by the web development teachers to be the most important skill needed for success. Students who did not have the HSE and/or scored low on the test were referred to the Adult School. Qualified candidates took the class as a cohort. Canada College adjusted its classes so as to position them as the next in a sequence if the students wanted higher level certificate.


The first cohort of 23 students graduated in July 26, 2015. A second cohort completed in late 2015 and a third cohort started in January 2016. After the finish of each cohort the intake, assessment and teaching is adjusted. The program has proven to be an effective collaboration leveraging the expertise of each organization, and providing career pathways for students who traditionally do not have a pathway to the technology field

The Data

Ten students obtained immediate employment from the first cohort, two went on to the college, five felt that it was not the field for them and others are looking for work in the field as they returned to a previous job. Students who did not pass the initial placement are referred to the Adult School where a contextualized course has been developed to accelerate their acquisition of the skills needed to pass the web development class.

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