Early College Pathway at IVC
College (IVC) is committed to creating fast-track educational opportunities for
high school students interested in getting a head start on their college
careers. An example is the Early College Pathway (ECP) at Beckman High School
in the Tustin Unified School District.
The ECP is a
partnership that allows academically qualified students to dual enroll in
classes at Beckman High School and IVC. Since its founding in 2007, the program
has flourished, with more than 300 participants and 160 completers.
Upon completion of
the program, students earn a high school diploma and an Intersegmental General
Education Course (IGETC) Certification, which is 51 transferable credits to the
UCs and CSUs. Many students take additional
elective courses to bring their unit total up to 60, allowing them to earn an
AA degree from IVC. Program completers
participate in IVC commencement and many are accepted to four-year colleges,
including UCs, CSUs, and colleges out of state.
The ability to
earn nearly two years of transferable credit while still in high school saves students
and their families thousands of dollars in tuition and valuable time that can
be directed toward a career or graduate work.
offered at the high school are IVC courses taught by IVC professors and are of
identical rigor and content to courses taught at the main campus. The college
provides counseling and assessment services for students. Each student has an education plan that
outlines the courses they will take at IVC.
Students take a
four-year sequence of college classes, two per semester, from 9th
through 12th grade. Courses are held at Beckman High School for 9th
through 11th graders. Seniors
take their classes at IVC. At both locations, classes are held in the morning,
before first period, so students can easily transition to other high school
classes and be involved in extracurricular activities, such as athletics and the
IVC are provided orientation to the high schools and staff development
workshops on campus. IVC faculty and administrators have access to high school principals and vice
principals to deal promptly with student/school issues and parental requests
for information as they arise. IVC's
Office of Instruction is responsible for coordination of the ECP.
the Tustin Unified School District have found the ECP to be academically
enriching and mutually beneficial to our shared student population. For more
information about the process of applying to the Early College Pathway, contact
the responsible administrator at Beckman High School. For other general
inquiries about the pathway, you can contact Traci Fahimi, Dean of Social and Behavioral
Sciences, Business Sciences, and Academic Programs, at (949) 451-5204.