Pasadena Assemblymember's Bill Extending Scope of College Classes in High School Advances

Published : Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 5:45 AM

Local Assemblyman Chris Holden’s (D) bill to extend a program allowing high school students to enroll in college for course for credit has advanced in the lower house.

Measure 30 AB cleared the assembly’s committee on higher education by unanimous vote March 5, according to a statement issued by Holden’s office.

“With the rising cost of higher education that widens the achievement gap, we need to find more ways to make college more affordable and accessible,” Holden said. “Dual enrollment is a proven strategy that creates pathways to college and gives opportunities to students who might never have thought it would be possible to go to college.”

The proposal extends the state’s College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnership, which was originally established by a Holden bill as well when then-Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed his AB 288 in 2015.

According to the committee’s analysis of the bill, Holden’s earlier bill was designed to open dual enrollment to lower achieving students in an effort to “reduce remediation, increase degree completion, decrease time to degree, and stimulate interest in going to college among kids who have none.”

The committee report quotes Holden as saying that, while the extended program “created a paradigm shift where dual enrollment became accessible to all, not just 5 percent of scholastically advanced students,” improvements can still be made to increase availability.”

AB 30 would extend the CCAP past its current expiration at the end of 2021 and would also streamline the process for developing CCAP agreements between community colleges and K-12 districts.

“Dual enrollment will increase the number of college graduates, reduce time and money spent for college, and help close the achievement gap,” Holden said. “This bill is a win for students and their families.”

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