College and Career Preparedness

The AVID Collaborative

The Foundation collaborated with the AVID Center to help Oceanside Unified and Poway Unified School Districts in their efforts to better prepare all students for success in college. Operating between 2003-2007, the collaboration resulted in the development of district-wide AVID strategies (many of which have since been adopted in schools around the country) and in improvements on a variety of metrics such as college prep completion rates.

Girard PREP

Girard Foundation created this program to increase the number of low-income students enrolling in college.  The program   provides a variety of services and financial support to students that maintain a 3.3 GPA or higher. Girard PREP operated at Lincoln High School between 1987-2003 and been offered at Oceanside High School since 2002. The program played an important role in creating a “college-going culture” at both schools and has consistently posted almost 100% college enrollment for program graduates.

San Diego Internship Initiative

In 2009, Girard led a small group of local funders interested in providing opportunities for students to get real-world work experience.  Over 100 students participated in paid summer internships in a variety of fields.  Girard coordinated the project, working with CTE directors and teachers in four local school districts to ensure the students were adequately prepared and placed in productive work situations. Other collaborators included the Escondido Education Compact and theSan Diego Workforce Partnership.  The project culminated in the production of a video extolling the benefits of high school internships.  Click here to view the video.

San Diego CTE Collaborative 

Girard commissioned USD’s Center for Education Policy and Law (CEPAL) to conduct research on technical education (CTE) programs in California.  The resulting report, “A Study of Career and Technical Education Programs and Funding in California and San Diego County,” was published in 2008 and was the focus of a day-long forum attended by over 80 local and state educators.  An online map of various sources of CTE funding was also developed and posted to the San Diego County Office of Education’s website.