Coast Colleges and Huntington Beach High Schools Expand Partnership
For Immediate Release: March 18, 2021

Board of Trustees gathered around a conference table in conversation

Huntington Beach high school students will have access to a wider range of free college courses taught by Golden West College, Orange Coast College, and Coastline College faculty under an agreement adopted by the Huntington Beach Union High School District Board of Trustees on March 9, 2021, and by the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees on March 17, 2021.

During normal years, outside of the pandemic, many of these college-credit courses – transferrable to a student's higher education institution of choice – are taught on-site at local high schools.

"Dual enrollment is an opportunity for high school students to get their first experience of college-level learning in a familiar environment alongside their peers," said Coast District Chancellor John Weispfenning. "It helps to demystify the college experience and gives students the confidence that they can pursue education after high school, whether that's a career-based certificate or college degree."

The Coast District first entered into a College and Career Access Pathways partnership agreement with Huntington Beach Union High School District on February 1, 2017, for the purpose of offering dual enrollment opportunities through Golden West College for high school students who may not already be college bound or who are underrepresented in higher education. The current agreement expires on June 30, 2021.

Under the new agreement, Golden West College continues as the lead for general education offerings for Huntington Beach. The inclusion of Orange Coast College and Coastline College is intended to open a broader range of career education offerings, allowing high school students to benefit from the unique programs at each college.

The agreement can be found here. More information for students on dual and concurrent enrollment – including partnerships with Huntington Beach Union High School District, Garden Grove Unified School District, and Newport-Mesa Unified School District – can be found here.

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The Coast Community College District is located in Orange County and is among the largest districts in the United States. The District's three colleges – Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College – provide traditional degree and transfer opportunities, career and technical training, basic skills, English as a Second Language, and other community programs. Thanks to the Measure M community bond funding approved by voters in 2012, the Coast Colleges are in the midst of a $698 million revitalization of educational and student support infrastructure.

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