College & Career Technical Education Completion Strategies

Fewer than one third of students that start at a California community college complete their educational goals such as transfer to a four-year school or completion of an associate’s degree or a career technical certificate. While 84% of foster youth report wanting to go to college, only 20% of those who graduate from high school ever attend and less than 2% of former foster youth in California complete a bachelor’s degree.  WSJF works with post-secondary institutions, primarily community colleges, to address barriers to completion at the systems and classroom level.

Types of activities supported

  • Educational supports for students with basic skills deficits
  • Career training programs with strong linkages to employers and immediate employment opportunities
  • Programs that improve general education to create better pathways to transfer from two- to four-year campuses
  • Research and policy work to evaluate and support these kinds of activities