Weekly roundup: OC Pathways cited as success story, Schools Dashboard released, and more

OC Pathways is one of two pathway programs cited as successes in a new report on the viability of these programs five years after the state provided $500 million to launch them.

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EdSource wrote about the report, California Career Pathways Trust: Sustaining Regional Cross-Sector Partnerships, which was critical of how some pathway programs have fared after the seed funding ran out, with many disbanding altogether.

But OC Pathways, a consortium lead by the Orange County Department of Education, has built lasting relationships and involved partners in making decisions, according to the report.

EdSource noted how OC Pathways worked closely with Wallace Walrod, chief economist of the Orange County Business Council, to plan pathways for the next generation of jobs in the county.

Over four years, the consortium created 75 new career pathway programs in high schools and community colleges, with the biggest growth in the priority areas of computer science and engineering.

Here are some other education stories from throughout the region for the week ending Dec. 7.

  • State education officials have released the 2018 California School Dashboard, an online tool designed to help parents, educators and the community see how schools and districts are educating and supporting students.
  • A consortium led by the Orange County Department of Education has received a $1.4 million grant to help increase music and arts education among special needs students and those in alternative education programs across the county.
  • An inflatable planetarium was pumped up in the gymnasium At Oak View Elementary School in Huntington Beach, enabling kids to take a 45-minute journey through the solar system.

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