2018 FUNDED PROPOSALS

AVID CENTERS

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With this award, AVID for Higher Education programs would start at both Crafton Hills College and Riverside City College to improve student persistence and completion. AVID Center would facilitate campus planning, on-board of campus leadership, coaching and faculty development, and resources and instructional support. Their objectives include improving the first-year course completion and persistence rates as well as the community college transfer rate by 3-5% annually and setting up a comprehensive model that can be implemented at other colleges in the Inland Empire.

BLU EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION'S COLLEGE SUCCESS INITIATIVE

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BLU Educational Foundation’s College Success Initiative will increase college access and completion among traditionally disadvantaged students of color (especially African American and males of color) through three strategies: deploying a “College Success Corps” of college students to partner with school districts, establishing a San Bernardino College Access and Success Network (SB-CAN) based on effective existing models, and creating a cadre of parent and community advocates.

MATHEMATICAL REASONING WITH CONNECTIONS

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GIA’s Innovation Award will expand the Mathematical Reasoning With Connections (MRWC) high school math implementation to two new high schools in the region. This is a joint project between CSUSB College of Education and Riverside County Office of Education and San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools that was the original project funded by the Governor’s Innovation Award in 2015 and has since secured approximately $4.5 million for project development and implementation. The MRWC course is a conceptual math course for college-bound students.

PROMISE SCHOLARS ACHIEVES PARTNERSHIP

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Promise Scholars Achieves Partnership (PSAP) will provide a bridge between Promise Scholars high schools and local colleges in the low income and high need neighborhoods of Ontario and Montclair by developing a pipeline of college role models (“College Ambassadors”) from the community to provide college-related “social capital” to K-12 students and other college students, and to develop College Ambassadors’ leadership skills, near-peer and peer coaching skills, college-knowledge, strategies for persistence, and knowledge of CSUSB resources for success.

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS' PREPARING THE CHILD FOR THE ROAD INITIATIVE

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San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Preparing the Child for the Road Initiative will develop a sequence of interactive parent/student workshops delivered on site and simultaneously broadcast to satellite sites facilitated by trained staff. The information sessions would include: a 3-hour workshop for families focusing on tools for incoming 9th graders transitioning to high school; a 3-hour workshop concentrating on the steps for sophomores/juniors to jump start and remain on track in the college admissions process; and a “bootcamp” consisting of a series of eight intensive 3-hour sessions covering all aspects of the college application process. Telepresence would expand the number of families able to participate in the sessions, and the videotaped series will be made available in both English and Spanish to all the districts and partners.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE LEVERAGING THE AP READINESS PROGRAM FOR COLLEGE ACCESS AND SUCCESS

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University of California, Riverside Leveraging the AP Readiness Program for College Access and Success in Inland Southern California will expand supplemental instruction and support for Advanced Placement (AP) students and teachers from existing Riverside County into San Bernardino County including the opportunity for up to 32 hours (8 Saturdays for 4 hrs/day) to engage in instruction and support from AP Readiness Master Instructors as well as up to 8 hours of special workshops (8 Saturdays for 1 hr/day) hosted by UCR Admissions. Participating teachers would have the opportunity to receive up to 40 hours (8 Saturdays for 5 hrs/day) of professional learning, mentoring and networking.

2017 FUNDED PROPOSALS

CHAFFEY COLLEGE: THE REGIONAL INTECH LEARNING CENTER

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Chaffey College’s InTech Center is currently the largest and most responsive training center in the region where students can obtain the skills they need in today’s workforce environment.

The $150,000 award from Growing Inland Achievement will support the development of a model Conventional Machinist Training (CMT) program that is scalable, sustainable, and replicable. This program will provide students with the fundamentals of machining and machine repair. Upon program completion, students will have the needed skills set to find entry-mid level employment as an operator of a lathe, mill, grinder, drill press, etc. in the machining and tooling industry.

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN BERNARDINO: QUANT LAB

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Need for remediation in math and English at the college-level is a costly and widespread problem in the United States. It has been estimated that nationally the cost of remedial education is over 1 billion dollars per year
(Saxton & Boylan, 2001). This is a particular problem within California public colleges and universities. Students who require remediation at matriculation are far less likely to earn their degree. If they do remain enrolled, those students on average take longer to complete their degree than those without the need for remediation.

The Department of Mathematics and the Office of Undergraduate Studies at CSUSB was awarded $150,000 to develop and test a lab course, Quant Lab, that will provide co-requisite support to students needing remediation to
succeed in General Education math courses. The new course will be piloted during the 2017-2018 academic year (AY) and within the summer 2018 Coyote First STEP (CFS) summer program for underprepared first year students.

This aligns with two GIA’s goals: (1) Increase college preparedness, particularly in math, resulting in 20% reduction in number of students requiring remediation at matriculation from high school to college within 5 years; and (2) to increase baccalaureate, associate, certificate, and credential attainment by 15% across San Bernardino and Riverside counties within five years.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION: COLLEGE & CAREER READINESS (CCR) UNIT

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The Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) has a long history of working collaboratively and supporting 23 districts through network activities. Through continuing this work, and with the development of the Riverside County Education Collaborative (RCEC), RCOE is uniquely positioned to build districts’ capacity to lead change at a local level, build awareness of pressing challenges, identify solutions, and to scale up innovative and effective practices to dramatically impact student
achievement across our region and state.

As the lead entity, RCOE has made a strong commitment to this work by creating a College and Career Readiness (CCR) unit which consists of an Executive Director, a Director, and a Coordinator of counseling services. Additional support comes from eight Temporary Management Specialists who are experts at their site in addressing and improving state and national college and career indicators. This level of staffing confirms the commitment RCOE has to ensure all students are college and career ready as well as improve post- secondary enrollment and persistency in Riverside County.

The $150,000 award from GIA will be used over the course of two years to help build capacity of the districts and expand the college and career readiness activities in the Riverside region. This also aligns with GIA’s goals to increase college preparedness, particularly in math, as well as increase baccalaureate, associate, certificate, and credential attainment by 15% across San Bernardino and Riverside counties within five years.