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Kenji Treanor

Kenji Treanor

Kenji Treanor has worked at Irvine since 2004 and helps oversee Youth program grants to community-based organizations that are building public will for Linked Learning among parents, or are reconnecting out-of-school youth to pathways that lead to postsecondary and career success. View full bio »

Strengthening College Connections

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| May 24, 2013
Educators have been working to extend the impact of Linked Learning by strengthening connections between high school and community college, sharing practices and data as part of the California Community College Linked Learning Initiative (CCCLLI). Earlier this month, as I attended a CCCLLI event in Sacramento, I found myself excited by some early results.

The initiative is showing promising signs of improving students’ success. Specifically:

  • At Pasadena City College, the overall grade point average of students in the CCCLLI-supported program was 3.31 compared to 2.74 for non-program students.
  • At Sacramento City College, 93% of students in the CCCLLI-supported program completed at least 13 units in their first semester compared to just 21% of non-program students who completed 13 units within six semesters.

These early outcomes from within the initiative – which includes high school and community college educators from eight sites across the state – are very encouraging as Irvine strives to strengthen Linked Learning students’ transition into college and attainment of credentials. All of the CCCLLI sites are using five strategies toward this objective:

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Opportunity Links Initiative Moves to Implementation

BY Kenji Treanor
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| Oct 08, 2012

Our Opportunity Links for Youth initiative is an effort to extend Linked Learning to reach out-of-school youth. I previously described Irvine’s intention and thinking behind the initiative’s design: exploring new collaborations among nonprofits, postsecondary institutions and employers that can reconnect out of school youth to college and career opportunities. I am pleased now to share an update about how our partners are moving forward.

From Planning to Implementation

In the first half of this year, the community based organizations in this initiative worked through an intensive planning process to design programs that will reconnect out of school youth to postsecondary education and work opportunities in the healthcare industry or digital media, arts and design fields. (Here’s a list of the Opportunity Links grantees.) These grantees received technical assistance from Jobs for the Future (JFF), an organization with expertise in education and workforce systems. Based on implementation plans created through this planning process, Irvine’s board approved new grants last week to support the launch of the programs as well as an on-going process for refinement of the program designs. All of the organizations will launch their programs by January 2013 with carefully identified out-of-school youth participants, and will work simultaneously to support those youth to complete the program while also recruiting new participants for subsequent program cycles.

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New Video of Linked Learning: Life Comes to School

BY Kenji Treanor
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| Jul 09, 2012

The Youth program is pleased to share a new video about Linked Learning featuring students and parents. The video was produced by Community Coalition and Talking Eyes Media, in partnership with several community-based organizations that are engaging parents in efforts to expand Linked Learning in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. The video tells the story of Linked Learning from the perspective of students who are experiencing it first-hand. Take a look and let us know what you think!

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Applying Linked Learning to Out-of-School Youth

BY Kenji Treanor
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| Apr 23, 2012

I am very excited about our new Opportunity Links for Youth initiative. This initiative is extending our work with Linked Learning to out-of-school youth in pursuit of the overall goal of the Youth program — to increase the number of low-income youth in California who attain a postsecondary credential by the age of 25. Three dimensions of this initiative are particularly notable:

1. Keeping young people at the center as we extend our work

In all of the Youth’s program work, students are at the center of our thinking. How can we shape their learning experiences to achieve the highest possible outcomes? One essential element of the Linked Learning approach is to make education more engaging, so that students are motivated to stay in school. This was informed by listening to youth who had dropped out, and hearing that relevancy — learning that actually reflects students’ interests and aspirations — is key to maintaining motivation and connection to school. By advancing Linked Learning across high school districts in California, we believe that the majority of low-income youth who are still in school will remain on a path to high school graduation and success in college and a career. Keeping this youth-centered lens, and using the same principles of Linked Learning, the Youth program is now exploring how to support the aspirations of out-of-school youth age 18-24 through the Opportunity Links for Youth initiative.

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