A national RFP process was conducted to identify outstanding site partnerships committed to serving as exemplars and leaders in facilitating and expanding promising college and career transition strategies and programs of study, and in improving academic performance of students at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. The 2003-2004 CCTI Site Partnerships were selected in May.
To support the project, the League for Innovation in the Community College (League) has entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), to lead the CCTI Consortium of site partnerships. Through its collaboration, the CCTI Consortium will identify, develop, and refine practices that help students move effectively from high school to college and to careers by better aligning and improving the quality of secondary and postsecondary programs in high-demand career areas.
The League has identified project partners to provide professional development and support to the selected site partnerships to achieve the purpose of the project. Project partners include the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), The Chauncey Group International (CGI), and the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD).
This initiative is designed to support the principles established in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, by investing in strategies to
- close the achievement gap;
- create meaningful educational options that help students with diverse backgrounds and needs reach uniformly high standards; and
- ensure that students attain these high standards at each level of their educational careers.