Linked Learning College and Career Pathways

Linked Learning College and Career Pathways


History & Implementation:

The four academies at Cajon are represented by multiple programs of study, “Pathways,” developed to implement College, Career & Technical approaches to learning. Each pathway has a sequential curriculum plan including some integration with core subjects and a work-based learning (WBL) program. The CAPSTONES of each pathway represent comprehensive and effective work-based learning experience that is connected to what they learn in the classroom. Capstones may occur Junior /Senior level and can take the form of job shadowing, integrated unit final projects, intensive internships, digital portfolios, virtual apprenticeships, extended diplomas, certifications, site based “shops” and/or school-based enterprises.

The history of implementing Linked Learning Pathways within the state of California began with the passage of Assembly Bill 790 that focused on Career Technical Education through a Linked Learning Pilot program. The program looked to ensure that all pupils have curriculum choices that will prepare them for career entry and a full range of postsecondary options, including two- and four-year college, apprenticeship, and formal employment training. The initial nine school districts that piloted the program: Porterville Unified, Long Beach Unified, Montebello Unified, Oakland Unified, Pasadena Unified, Sacramento City Unified, Los Angeles Unified, West Contra Costa Unified, and Antioch Unified—created pathways that worked for both their demographics and regional career industry, while holding on to the five Guiding Principles of  Linked Learning:

  1. Linked Learning prepares students to succeed in college, careers, and life.
  2. Linked Learning prepares high school students for a full range of post-graduation opportunities.
  3. Linked Learning connects academics to real-world applications.
  4. Linked Learning improves student engagement.
  5. Linked Learning provides a teaching and learning environment that offers students the opportunity to authentically apply the Common Core State Standards in real-world contexts, ultimately leading to increased engagement and achievement.

SBCUSD is part of the 2nd wave of districts that has implemented Linked Learning in California.

Pathway Program Overview

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