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  •  A few years ago, (21+ / 0-)

    The University of California noticed that their recently graduated engineers weren't being hired at the same rate as they would have liked. They did a study, asking potential employers why they weren't hiring as many UC grads. Basically, they were told that the UC students weren't creative enough, didn't have as strong a sense of design,  couldn't "think out of the box" as well as graduates from other programs. Because of this, the UC changed it's requirements for freshman admission - graduating High School students will be required to have at least one year of Arts (visual, music, drama, etc.) to become UC students.

    That's a good thing. Many schools are retaining, or, glory be, expanding, their arts programs.

     The sad thing is that last year I accompanied my daughter to a district wide program by the UC for H.S. sophomores thinking about college. When this requirement was presented, a student from another school asked what she should do since her school had no arts program at all. The UC admissions people stared at each other for a moment, and then one of them suggested taking a class at the local community college. Starting this year, the local community colleges will no longer allow H.S. students to take classes.

    "labor is superior of capital and deserves much the higher consideration,"... Theodore Roosevelt

    by HugoDog on Thu May 16, 2013 at 08:43:57 AM PDT

    •  Engineers (12+ / 0-)

      Too bad so many companies prefer to let foreign countries train their future hires to corporate specification and are expanding their visas through the new immigration act.
      UC would have been better if they had worked with corporations to ensure jobs for their graduates much like they do in Germany.  Many countries hire locals first unlike the US.

    •  Wonder what the c.c. reason is? (8+ / 0-)

      My small Catholic high school offered math no higher than pre-calc (nor physics). So during my senior year, I arranged to take higher math courses at the community college, and was able to do so during regular school hours.  

      I had to go through admissions and have the course pre-requisites like any other student.  I think the main extra thing the college wanted was the endorsement and permission from my principal.  

      Since community colleges exist to, ahem, serve the community, I can't imagine why merely being high school student would be an exclusion as long as all other requirements are met.

      •  I think that has to do with budget cuts. (5+ / 0-)
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        At least that's what my neighbor, who teaches there, told me.
        Many classes have been cut by the administration. The summer program is completely eliminated, except for Beautician classes.

        They've always paid instructors  100% of the per class rate if the class is has X number of enrollees, and a pay cut of a certain percentage per enrollee under that number. They've just upped the number to get 100% payment significantly. That will end up with other classes being cut by the instructors deciding that it is just not worth it to teach a particular class.

        "labor is superior of capital and deserves much the higher consideration,"... Theodore Roosevelt

        by HugoDog on Thu May 16, 2013 at 09:06:56 AM PDT

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    •  Art/Music as part of UC A-G requirements (1+ / 0-)
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      is fairly longstanding.

      Your California community college is turning away HS students? I'm not sure that's legal.

      Any California comprehensive public high school should have all the A-G requirements as options. Even our tiny, tiny high school manages it - there is no excuse. If there is a school that does not, parents need to organize and complain, first to the principal and then to the superintendent and school board. (Perhaps she attended a private school?)

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Fri May 17, 2013 at 01:19:41 PM PDT

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