ECEA & Higher Edge

A unique partnership designed to provide East County high school students with a smoother path to college and a career has been created by the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and the Grossmont Union High School District.

An agreement formalizing the East County Education Alliance (ECEA) was signed at Cuyamaca College by Bill Garrett, president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board; Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the college district; Robert Shield, president of the Grossmont Union High School District Governing Board; and Ralf Swenson, superintendent of the high school district.

The Alliance was formed to increase collaboration between the two districts so that students are better informed about their college and career options after high school and have a smoother path to college. The partnership has set goals of increasing the number of students who graduate from high school prepared for college, along with increasing the numbers of students who graduate from college ready to enter the workforce.

“Too often, college and high school districts work in silos – they have different funding streams, different governance structures and different cultures,” Miles said. “What we need to remember is we are serving the same students – just at different times in their lives. The East County Education Alliance helps us to do just that.”

Introducing the Higher Edge Program!

By 2020, 65% of all jobs will require postsecondary education. Employers are demanding highly trained, competent and skilled workers in a wide array of industries. That’s why the Grossmont Union High School District and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District have joined forces to set all GUHSD students up for success.

Students in the Class of 2019 and beyond from these east county high schools are automatically considered Higher Edge Scholars and will be able to participate in exciting new programs that will begin to be offered to students in the 2016/17 academic year. Planned programs include orientation classes that will prepare students for college and career opportunities starting in high school.

Plus, FREE college is available for students through the Higher Edge Promise Scholarship program!

Students that fulfill the requirements of the Higher Edge Promise Scholarship criteria will be rewarded with FREE college for their first 30 units at either Grossmont or Cuyamaca Colleges.

For more information on the East County Education Alliance and the Higher Edge Promise Scholarship, please visit their webpages:

East County Education Alliance

Higher Edge Promise Scholarship

1100 Murray Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

(619) 644-8097

Office Hours M-F 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

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