The program's two initial sites are Contra Costa College and Los Angeles Southwest, which have received national recognition as successful models.
Colleges receiving state grant funds are required to provide a dollar-for-dollar match. Because the grants are sufficient to pay for a relatively limited number of high school personnel, the high school partner makes significant fiscal contributions to the MCHS, as does the community college partner that provides the program facilities. Funds used to match MCHS grants must be permanent monies from district Proposition 98 funds. Participating K-12 and college districts frequently contribute considerably more than the $87,153 grant amount.
The success of the MCHS program has prompted increased interest from community colleges, high school districts, and legislators to develop sites in their respective communities; however, funds are only available for 14 programs and the current fiscal climate in California is not one that will allow program expansion at this time. Nonetheless, reviewing and establishing funding priorities is an annual process, and the expansion of the program in the program is a possibility.
Such expansion would benefit both the number of students served at new sites and better served at existing sites, and would also benefit the California economy as outcome measures show that the program reduces high school dropout rates that often lead to individuals relying upon public assistance and also graduates productive members of society who typically continue their college education or directly enter the workforce.
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