Dual enrollment for high school students is increasingly raised as a key strategy for helping students launch purposefully and successfully into the college pipeline. Conversations about how to build dual enrollment programs and maximize benefits for all students are being held at the local, state, and national levels. As we consider the possibilities for our own students, there is a rich conversation to be had. What does dual enrollment look like in the Inland Empire now? What could it become for all students? How could we achieve in our districts and post-secondary institutions if we worked together?
In your role as an education leader in the Inland Empire, Growing Inland Achievement (GIA) and the Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF), invites you to join others who "make things happen" in the college success arena to discuss what a regionwide Dual Enrollment goal for students would look like. With an equity focus, and in the pandemic/post-pandemic environment there may be an opportunity to formulate an especially timely regional Initiative and to work statewide for supporting policy and legislation in the 2021-2022 cycle. For this conversation, we have invited Dr. Beth Higbee, recently retired Assistant Superintendent from San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, to serve as our convener and facilitator. We believe her deep experience with and appreciation of so many districts and initiatives in the Inland Empire will help us ensure that we are fully capturing our regional perspective.