Get Focused...Stay Focused!™
Initiative Goals for High School Graduates:
College- and Career-Ready
Informed Declared Major
College or Post-Secondary Path
10-year Career & Education Plan
In collaboration with local schools and partnership organizations, Santa Barbara City College
has developed the Get Focused…Stay Focused!™
Initiative that backward maps
the necessary knowledge and skills required for success in today’s workforce. GFSF evolved from the Dual Enrollment Freshman Transition Initiative
and Career Choices
course that was introduced as a pilot as a result of an Irvine Foundation Grant three years ago.
This initiative is designed to provide every student with the necessary information and experiences to develop college and career readiness skills and to facilitate the development of an online 10-year Career & Education Plan
. Once students complete their online 10-year Plans in 9th grade, targeted classroom-based lessons in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades ensure students stay focused on their goals. These three, 16-hour modules
provide students with a "touch-point" at each grade of high school to help them transition seamlessly to their post-secondary goal. In addition, the module content is aligned with what students need to succeed in life, in line with the new Common Core Standards, and meets the recommendations from the California Community Colleges’ Student Success Task Force
. This provides the opportunity for integration into academic courses.