4 Pillars of Linked Learning
Linked Learning is an amazing opportunity for students to have a quality learning experience that is integrated with career awareness, academics, exploration, and experiential opportunities. Linked Learning integrates four (4) core components, or pillars, that are proven to increase student outcomes.
Rigorous academics prepare students to take credit-bearing college-level courses and be university admissible upon graduation from high school, maximize articulation between high school and postsecondary programs of study, and facilitate and accelerate completion of postsecondary credentials, certificates, and degrees.
The academic core courses include English, mathematics, laboratory science, history, and world language courses that are, as much as possible, taught through the lens of the theme of the pathway, which amplifies student engagement.
All Linked Learning students, as part of OUSD graduation requirements, must complete the full "A-G" course sequence - the 15 courses required for admission to the University of California (UC) and/or California State University (CSU) systems.
Integrated Support Services
Support Services include academic, social-emotional counseling, tutoring, parent engagement, mentoring, career assessment and exploration, and bridge programs to post-secondary education. These services are fundamental to the pathway experience and critical for ensuring students succeed in their challenging academic and technical coursework.
Students are supported in setting and achieving goals and mapping a successful path to college and career success. More importantly, these services support the development of productive dispositions and behaviors that students will need to succeed in post-secondary education, in careers, and in civic life.
Services also include Dual Enrollment with Peralta Colleges. Dual Enrollment offers students an opportunity to complete college level coursework to earn college credits while they are pursuing a high school diploma.
Work Based Learning
Work-based learning is an educational approach that, by design, links learning in the workplace to learning in the classroom. Work-based learning is used to engage students more fully and to intentionally promote their exposure and access to future educational & career opportunities.
These work-based learning experiences help students to increase their knowledge of careers and develop skills that will be transferable to their future career.
There is a sequence of work-based learning activities that starts with low-intensity experiences that help students to think about careers and gradually progresses into more in-depth, intensive experiences that include opportunities for hands-on learning.
Career Technical Education
The Linked Learning approach exposes students to California's major industries, giving them a better understanding of the types of career paths and jobs available, this aprroach includes a technical component of three or more courses, taught in a sequence, that help students progressively gain the knowledge and skills that can give them the head start on a successful career and transition to post-secondary education. These courses are called Career Technical Education courses or CTE courses.
Most CTE courses are approved for UC “a-g” credit and students may also earn dual enrollment college credit in some courses. CTE courses are taught by credentialed teachers who have a special knowledge and experience in the industry theme of their career pathway. They are able to integrate core content and a career theme focus to classroom instruction and provide students exposure to industry professions.