Cerritos College News Release March 2014

Cerritos College Hosts K-12 College and Career Readiness Summit


Media Contact: Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 653-7878

K-12 Summit attendeesNORWALK, Calif. - March 12, 2014 - Cerritos College hosted the second College and Career Readiness Summit for its partner K-12 districts on March 7. Over 100 attendees, including high school counselors, administrators and faculty from ABC, Bellflower, Downey, Norwalk-La Mirada and Paramount unified school districts, Southeast ROP and St. John Bosco High School, as well as representatives from Golden West College, California State University, Long Beach and Cerritos College discussed ways to ensure college and career readiness, which is part of the newly mandated Common Core State Standards.

The summit was led by JoAnna Schilling, vice president of Academic Affairs and Sue Parsons, director of Teacher TRAC and mathematics professor.

Keynote speaker Charis McGaughey from Educational Policy Improvement Center addressed how K-12 and higher education should use Common Core Standards for secondary and post-secondary alignment and how Common Core fits and serves as a powerful tool in college and career readiness

Lively discussion continued all day focusing on five objectives: to use Common Core Standards for secondary and post-secondary alignment, to understand how assessment affects college readiness, to identify pathways to college and career readiness, to develop tools for aligning curriculum and to align student aspirations with attainable curricular goals.

Attendees were then assigned to discipline groups and participated in targeted workshops for their discipline group. Workshops discussed assessment review, K-16 bridge programs, curricular alignment and student and curricular goal alignment.


About Cerritos College: Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.