The El Dorado County Office of Education Charter Alternative Programs have launched a special college and career readiness program that provides the opportunity for Charter students to enroll in college courses while still completing their high school diploma. The program, which is offered in partnership with the Folsom Lake College El Dorado Center, allows the Charter students to take community college courses concurrently during high school while earning both college and high school credits.
“We are in the business of empowering students to ensure students succeed in life,” noted Principal Fred Mier. “This new program exemplifies that mission by helping students realize new college and career opportunities through direct college experience and success. The fact that the college is right next door to our Community School makes it incredibly easy for our students to participate.”
The El Dorado Center College and the Charter staffs work together to provide a built-in support system. The team - which includes an Outreach Specialist from Folsom Lake College - meets with the Charter students twice a month to ensure students are successful, including developing an individual college plan for each student. Currently 30 students from the Charter Community School and Charter Career Prep programs are registered in the Advanced Education program, which provide transfer opportunities to accredited colleges.
The program has proven very popular with the Charter students. “It’s a really nice opportunity for Charter students to be able to walk right up to the college next door and take classes that count for both college and high school credits,” noted Maritza Poirot, a junior at Charter Community School, which is located at the El Dorado County Office of Education. “Before I didn’t really think about going to college, but now that I have the opportunity to go to college for free, I’m making the most of it. I’m now interested in taking other classes to help me get a good job right out of high school.”
The programs emphasize college and career readiness and success by utilizing a rich, engaging curriculum supplemented with variety of strategies to get students thinking about, and involved in, planning their futures, including providing a variety of career aptitude assessments and hosting monthly guest speakers from local businesses and organizations, who help guide students toward a successful transition into higher education and the workforce. Classroom discussions focus on the opportunities in our area for young adults -- whether through internships, job training, or academic pursuits.
The Advanced Education program is one of the many ways Charter Alternative Programs help guide students toward a successful transition into higher education and the workforce. The programs provide a variety of high quality, innovative, 21st Century programs that emphasize the development of the whole individual in safe and supportive learning environments. Additional information about Charter Alternative Programs may be found at charter.edcoe.org or by calling (530) 295-2259.