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Get Focused...Stay Focused!™

SBCC Hosts Conference Preparing High School Students For College

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 Santa Barbara area schools, Santa Barbara City College and partnership organizations the Get Focused…Stay Focused! Initiative was developed. It 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 five 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.

The online 10 year Plans are then used by instructors for academic coaching and by counselors for advisory sessions.  For an example of this, click here.

Why a 10-year Plan?

Onsite Workshop:

See a GFSF school in action and learn from
program administrators, teachers, and students!
An overview of the 10-12th grade follow-up modulesZoom
In conjunction with the
Santa Barbara City College’s Dual Enrollment Department
Carpinteria Unified School District
Santa Barbara Unified School District
Santa Barbara County Education Office
Santa Barbara Partners in Education
Partners or collaborators
California Community College Chancellor's Task Force on Student Success
UCSB Graduate School of Education California Dropout Research Project
UC Educational Evaluation Center, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education