Central California Community Colleges Committed to Change (C6) Consortium
The Central California Community Colleges Committed to Change (C6) consortium is comprised of a subset of 11 community colleges from The Central Valley Higher Education Consortium united by a desire to focus on community college issues. The C6 Consortium started as sub-regional collaborative consisting of two to three colleges working together on grant-funded workforce development projects. Over the past 8 years, the C6 Consortium all of the colleges have worked together on various projects, however, not as a single Consortium with a single focus.
The C6 Consortium represents a natural progression of substantial, on-going collaborative work.
Currently, there are two initiatives that C6 Consortium members are working on.
The C6 Consortium has developed an innovative approach and bold response to the Department of Labor Community College and Career Training grant solicitation. The recent Department of Labor TAACCCT award marks an unprecedented opportunity for our region to develop accelerated, intensive programs of study so students earn a degree or credential of value in a reasonable amount of time, enabling them to enter the workforce of critical industries with growing occupational demand in an accelerated timeframe. This project is grounded in Valley expertise and input from regional employers and county Workforce Investment Boards which will transform the design, structure and delivery of education at 11 California Community Colleges. We believe that our experience and research-based project can be replicated as a state and national model.
The C6 Consortium has identified College Readiness as a top priority. Through the funding made available by The California Education Policy Fund, the C6 Consortium will work together to pilot a series of innovative approaches to educational policy reform efforts focused on College Readiness. These policy experiments will allow state officials to truly determine a best practice for the entire state. Amid growing research that a narrowly focused policy change produces very limited outcomes or confounding results, the C6 Consortium strongly recommends that our pilot policy reform efforts focus on interrelated educational areas and will utilize action-oriented advocacy as a comprehensive strategy to policy making.
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