Creating Stronger Partnerships between Community Colleges and K-12 School Districts

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Moderator:  Kristen Wolslegel, (Executive Director, Bay Area Bioscience Education Community)

There are a wide variety of options for partnering with your local K-12 schools. This session covered 4 innovative new strategies that take articulation agreements and dual enrollment to new levels. These efforts can increase enrollment in community college biotech programs, and will help create strong career pathways for students from an early age.

Four models for outreach were presented, however many more are being used throughout the community.

1. Dual enrollment model - early stage
Jennifer Lazare, Associate Professor at Austin Community College, Austin TX.  High School Outreach Coordinator, AC2 Bio-Link Biotech Mentor Teacher Network

2. Dual enrollment model - late stage

Laurie Issel-Tarver, Associate Professor at Ohlone College, Fremont CA.  Science Faculty Coordinator, Learning Alliance for Bioscience (LAB) Program

Debbie Clark, Biology & Biotechnology Teacher, Arroyo High School, San Lorenzo CA.  LAB Program Teacher

3. K-12 professional development model

Amanda Rosenzweig, Professor at Delgado Community College, New Orleans LA.  Program Director, Science Teacher Technology Training (ST3)

4. State government funding model
Ying-Tsu Loh, Program Director, Bay Area Bioscience Education Community, San Francisco CA.  BABEC Lead, California Career Pathway Trust San Francisco Consortium

Jennielyn Dino-Rossi, Industry Liaison, California Life Sciences Institute.  Executive Committee member, California Career Pathway Trust San Francisco Consortium