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 New SDCOE Unit Supports College and Career Readiness

Several teams at the San Diego County Office of Education have come together to help ensure students are ready for college and careers by the time they finish high school.

The new College and Career Readiness Unit includes members from Instruction and Curriculum, English Learner Support Services, Career Technical Education and Extended Learning.

Having the teams work together will help educators throughout the county transform the way students are taught with an eye on college and career readiness beginning with transitional kindergarten, said Scott Sypkens, executive director of the new unit.

“People have a lot of thoughts about where they might go with this change and they’re excited about it,” he said.

The new unit also creates a perfect opportunity to support districts with transitioning to the new Common Core State Standards, which call for all students to be ready for college and career while emphasizing critical thinking, creativity and problem solving, said Debbie Beldock, assistant superintendent of Learning and Leadership Services.

The changes in the Learning and Leadership Services Division took place July 1, although they have been in the works for about a year. Previously, Career Technical Education had been part of the Student Services and Programs Division. The Extended Learning Unit, which supports before- and after-school programs across the county, also moved from Student Support Services to Learning and Leadership Services about a year ago.

Employees from the different teams are excited about working together and share knowledge, said Steve Pinning, senior director overseeing career technical education.

We have the synergy of several great teams coming together with the potential to do extraordinary work,” he said. “We are now in a position to work side-by-side to revolutionize the school experience for San Diego County students.”