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OC Pathways

Led by the Orange County Department of Education and Saddleback College, OC Pathways was initiated through a 2014 grant from the California Department of Education. The collaborative now comprises 14 school districts, nine community colleges, multiple universities, numerous regional agencies and scores of industry and community partners working together to prepare Orange County students for high-demand, high-skill and high-wage careers.

OC Pathways is building a regional infrastructure to support diverse career pathways. The focus of this initiative is on developing pathways in high-need, high-wage, high-skill STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) sectors vital to the regional economy. 
Brian Donnelly, Ed.D.
Executive Director

Meghan Ellison
Administrative Technician

Equitable Science Curriculum integrating Arts in Public Education (E.S.C.A.P.E)

Equitable Science Curriculum integrating Arts in Public Education​

"The Equitable Science Curriculum integrating Arts in Public Education (ESCAPE) is a multi-year National Science Foundation-funded teacher professional development program with a rigorous research component led by the University of California, Irvine in partnership with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Orange County School Districts, and the Orange County Department of Education. The program is employing creative movement and the visual arts to help children better understand scientific concepts, reverse scientific misconceptions, and reduce cognitive load through the educational techniques of embodied cognition. Over the five years of the program (2014-2019), approximately 240 teachers are being taught how to use engaging inquiry and arts-based instructional methods to enhance the achievement of approximately 30,000 students in grades 3 through 5. Professional quality video is being produced throughout to support the delivery of curriculum content and the development of an online certification program."
​Source: ESCAPE

Leslie Corbett
Program Manger

California Math and Science Partnership (CaMSP)

​"The California Math and Science Partnership (CaMSP) S.Y.S.T.E.M.S. Grant is funded by No Child Left Behind and is administered by the Orange County Department of Education in collaboration with the University of California Irvine."
​Source: CaMSPOC

Omar Shepherd
Program Manger

Students need to get their hands dirty: touch and feel, cut, shape and mold to build and create, as a team. Exposure to real-world problem solving as early as possible during the formative educational years is critical.

Leland Melvin
NFL Player • Astronaut • Explorer • Speaker
STEM/CTE Contact

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Orange County Dept. of Education
200 Kalmus Drive,
​Costa Mesa, California, 92626