Dean Nick Real Presents at Career Pathways Conference
Instructional Dean of Technology Dr. Nick Real and grant partners presented the progress made by the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Linked Learning (AMETLL) Consortium at the California Career Pathways Trust Conference in San Diego on May 2.
Nick highlighted the successful articulations agreement that Cerritos College has established with the K-12 grant partners ABC USD, Downey USD, Lynwood USD, Norwalk-La Mirada USD, and Paramount USD. In the 2015-16 academic year, more than 600 high school students from the partner districts received credit by exam, and the number is expected to grow to 1,500 this year. The presentation also shared the new regional articulation agreement that Cerritos College, along with partner colleges Long Beach City, Los Angeles Harbor, and El Camino are in the process of establishing.
The Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology Linked Learning (AMETLL) Consortium was established 2013 by educational partners committed to the principles of linked learning, an approach that energizes students through interdisciplinary curriculum, project-based learning, and the integration of Career Technical Education with traditional academic disciplines.
In 2014 the Consortium was awarded the California Careers Pathways Trust (CCPT) grant and pledged to address the significant workforce shortages in Los Angeles in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Technology industries. The Consortium seeks to establish a new workforce pipeline for this industry cluster by working closely with industry partners and respective Unified School Districts to develop clear pathways, which begin in high school and continue through a bachelor's degree.
Cerritos College partners with the school districts in its serving area, Project Lead The Way, and El Camino College through the AMETLL grant. Project Lead The Way is a non-profit organization that develops STEM curricula for elementary, middle, and high schools. PLTW also provides professional development training for instructors.