SMC Programs for SAMOHI Students
“We want to ensure that we bring even more SMMUSD students into the higher education pipeline,” said Rob Rader, Chair of the SMC Board of Trustees. “We also want to enhance the work we have already begun to address what is a priority to both our institutions increased access and success for all our students, especially historically underrepresented students.”
In 2007, the two districts signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and partnered in executing the objectives. The Young Collegians program was born out of this collaborative, allowing an increasing number of SMMUSD students at Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI) to get a head start on SMC classes and accrue up to 14 college units.
In early 2015, the SMC Board of Trustees also waived enrollment fees for high school students, and those who qualify now take classes at SMC for free. During the fall of 2015, SMC also began offering graphic design and computer science classes at SAMOHI under the LA HI-TECH grant to bring interested high school students into a higher education pathway at SMC that will lead to tech jobs.
SMC also began the Early Start Pathway (ESP) to develop a career pipeline in early care and education that meets the current and future ECE workforce needs. This pipeline will help provide a clear pathway to a BA in ECE.
“We are thrilled to have a collaborative partnership with SMC, which benefits all students in our community,” said Laurie Lieberman, President of the SMMUSD Board of Education. “SMMUSD students are fortunate to have such a wonderful institution of higher learning close by to attend concurrently and after graduation.”
“Our partnership will be an example for all California districts in sharing resources, data and personnel for the benefit of students,” added Rader.