October 21, 2021

Pasadena City College Dual-Credit Partnership Announcement

Dear La Salle Families,

Foremost, thank you for your support and welcome over the past few months as I began my tenure as La Salle College Preparatory’s new principal. I continue to be impressed and amazed by the outstanding community I now belong to, and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to serve you and your children.

As mentioned in our recent Parent Association meeting, we have entered into a Strategic Planning phase here at La Salle that will engage all of our stakeholders. One of the identified outcomes of the preliminary work has been to have a keen eye towards providing innovative educational opportunities for our students. I am excited to announce the beginning of La Salle’s Dual-Credit Program in partnership with Pasadena City College (PCC). This exciting new partnership will provide our students with the opportunity for tuition-free college credits while also earning high school elective credits. We expect this new partnership to offer our students first-hand experience of the scope, sequence, and rigor of a college course while still in the comfort of the cohort of their high school peers and the nurturing La Salle community.

The launch of our new partnership with Pasadena City College also allows us the opportunity to begin defining our Academic Pathways Programs at La Salle. Academic pathways will allow students to choose courses that are aligned with their passions and allow them to explore meaningful academic and career discernment while in high school. The first pathway we plan to offer is our Medical Innovations Pathway Program. This pathway will expose students to different courses and experiences, centered around the medical field of study and professional options.

As a part of our Dual-Credit Program, we are working with PCC to offer our students the ability to enroll in the college’s Medical Terminology course. We anticipate this course being held in the spring semester of 2022 (starting in January 2022). The course will also be held on La Salle’s campus and taught by a member of the PCC faculty on two weekday afternoons, each lasting 90 minutes, after La Salle’s regular school day has ended. Per our agreement with PCC, at least ten La Salle students must be enrolled in the course for our program to launch in Spring 2022.

Over the next few weeks, our academic team, in collaboration with PCC’s Dual-Enrollment Office, will be sharing more information about registration and requirements to participate in this new opportunity. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to our La Salle Dual-Credit Team at dualcredit@lasallehs.org.

The Medical Terminology course is just one component of the vast opportunity this partnership will unlock for our students. Interested and motivated students have the opportunity to earn enough credits to graduate with both a La Salle College Preparatory Diploma and a Pasadena City College Associate’s Degree (A.A.), while still in high school. As an example, a certificate or A.A. degree in Medical Assisting are potential options for La Salle students to take advantage of.

Thank you again for your support of La Salle College Preparatory. I am grateful for your partnership in the education of your children and look forward to sharing more opportunities as we look toward the future.

Sincerely,

Jamal K. Adams, M.Ed.
Principal


Current La Salle Families: Click here to sign-up for additional information and to express interest in participating in the upcoming course during the Spring 2022 semester (January 2022).

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