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Assemblymember Christy Smith’s (D-Santa Clarita) bill to authorize additional high school students to enroll in summer community college courses passed the Assembly floor on Wednesday, May 29.

“Summer is the ideal time for high school students to participate in dual-enrollment programs, as students are free of their responsibilities and workload that come with their regular academic year,” Smith said. “However, current law limits the number of high school students who may enroll in summer courses at a community college.”

In 2018, 28 percent of students enrolled at College of the Canyons — the only community college in Assembly District 38 — were under 20 years old, according to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

Smith’s bill, AB 1729, expands the number of high school students who can enroll in community college courses during the summer by prohibiting the current 5 percent limitation of K-12 pupils per grade level allowed to be recommended for community college summer attendance.

The bill prohibits the current 5 percent limit for College and Career Access Pathways program courses, University of California transfer curriculum lower division courses, California State University general education requirements and vocational or career technical education courses leading to a degree or certificate. Additionally, AB 1729 prohibits all physical education community college course enrollment of K-12 students from being counted toward the five percent limitation of pupils in any grade level allowed to be recommended for community college summer attendance.

“Dual enrollment programs, particularly those which take place on our community college campuses, have been shown to be excellent tools for encouraging college readiness,” Smith said. “Participating students are more likely to complete college than their non-participating peers, and concurrent enrollment has proven particularly effective for young men of color, low-income students and first-generation college students.”

AB 1729 — along with 11 other bills authored by Smith, two of which also address education — is now headed to the State Senate, where its contents will be deliberated and voted on during the upcoming weeks of the legislative session.

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Smith's bill to expand high school student enrollment at community colleges passes Assembly
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