Dual enrollment, also known as concurrent enrollment, allows students to take college classes while still in high school. This can expand the course offerings available to high school students (from vocational pathways to advanced classes), increase postsecondary enrollment, and decrease the time and cost of postsecondary certificates and degrees.
This virtual session will cover the history of dual enrollment and new state funding sources. Participants will hear from K-12 and community college school leaders who are using DE to drive equity and enrollment, and the remaining scale and implementation barriers they face.
This session will be of interest to K-12, postsecondary, and workforce development funders.
About the Education Funders Group
The Education Funders Group brings philanthropic funders together quarterly to learn about issues, trends, and needs in the field of education to inform individual and collective grantmaking. Over the years, the group has explored a variety of topics, including early childhood education, after-school programming, parent engagement, blended learning, linked learning, STEM, implementation of the common core, and college access/college success.
Senior Program Officer, College Futures Foundation
Maureen joined College Futures Foundation in 2018. As a senior program officer, she leads the development and implementation of grantmaking strategy in the transition from K-12 to higher education and from community college to university, under the Student Centric Practices Strategy which include Dual Enrollment for Equitable Completion.
Maureen has more than 15 years of experience working for and with K-12 institutions to strengthen the path for students to transition successfully to college. Most recently she held the position of senior community engagement associate at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University where she led research partnerships with school districts, community colleges and community organizations. Maureen previously worked for San Francisco Unified School District where she launched their postsecondary success department and developed partnerships with the Mayor’s Office, San Francisco City College, and San Francisco State University to use data to drive equity goals. Maureen’s prior work includes serving as executive director for San Francisco nonprofits including Leadership High School, an equity-focused charter school.
A first-generation college graduate, Maureen earned her B.A. from Franklin Pierce University and her M.P.A. from San Francisco State University. Maureen served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, and her two children are recent graduates of California State Universities.
Executive Director, Foundation for the Los Angeles Community Colleges
Kelly King went back to college in 2022 to serve as Executive Director of the Foundation for the Los Angeles Community Colleges. As the philanthropic partner to the Los Angeles Community College District, King leads programs and partnerships that support success for the 200,000+ students served annually across LACCD's nine colleges.
Most recently, King served as Senior Program Officer for Education at the California Community Foundation where she managed large-scale efforts to advance a more equitable education system in Los Angeles County, with a special focus on postsecondary access and attainment.
Before joining CCF in 2015, King served as Executive Vice President at Focusing Philanthropy where she led a national portfolio of philanthropic investments that included education, health access, and workforce development. King began her career in the education and nonprofit sector at the Scripps College Academy, leading the program to national recognition.
King received a bachelor’s degree in politics and public policy analysis from Scripps College and a master’s degree in education policy, evaluation and reform from Claremont Graduate University.
King serves on several local boards and community advisory groups including the LA County Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (ARDI) Initiative, Reading Partners Los Angeles, Linda Vista Children's Center, and the Pipkin Charitable Foundation.
Dr. Lawton Gray
Principal, John Muir High School Early College Magnet
Dr. Lawton Gray brings more than 20 years of experience to his role of Principal of John Muir High School Early College Magnet in Pasadena, CA. Gray an alumnus of John Muir, and rejoined Pasadena Unified in 2017 from the Temple City Unified School District. Gray was named the 2011 Administrator of the Year by the California Association of School Counselors. He began his teaching career as a math teacher at Pasadena High School from 1997-2003. Gray earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. He has a Master’s degree in Education Leadership from Point Loma Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Morehouse College. He earned an administrative services credential from Point Loma Nazarene University and a California clear credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Dr. Barry Gribbons
President, L.A. Valley College
Barry Gribbons, Ph.D., has been president of L.A. Valley College since August 2019. Los Angeles Valley College is one of the largest of the nine campuses of the Los Angeles Community College District with more than 18,000 students in the eastern portion of the San Fernando Valley. It primarily serves the communities of Valley Glen, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Valley Village, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Lake Balboa, Panorama City, and Burbank.
Prior to arriving at Los Angeles Valley College, Dr. Gribbons has 19 years of leadership experience at College of the Canyons, with the last four years serving as Deputy Chancellor. In addition to being Deputy Chancellor, he has held several administrative posts, including Assistant Superintendent, Vice President, Executive Dean and Dean, overseeing technology, research, planning, and public safety training.
From 1996 to 1999, he was Senior Researcher and Project Director at UCLA’s Center for the Study of Evaluation where his work coordinated large-scale education reforms to benefit underserved students. During this time, he was also a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education.
He has co-authored more than 520 research reports during the past 19 years and presented work at more than 50 national, statewide and regional conferences. He has taught at California State University, Los Angeles and College of the Canyons.
Dr. Gribbons received his Ph.D. in Education, with specialization in measurements and statistics, and a Master’s degree in education, both from USC; a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Northridge, and his associate’s degree in math and science from the College of the Canyons.
Dr. Christopher Nellum
Executive Director, The Education Trust–West
Dr. Christopher J. Nellum (he/him/his) is the Executive Director of The Education Trust–West, a nonprofit educational equity organization focused on educational justice and closing achievement and opportunity gaps from preschool through college through research, data, policy analysis, and advocacy. He has led successful advocacy efforts to ensure equity in the K-12 accountability system, create a statewide cradle-to-career data system, address food insecurity for college students, and ensure that every high school senior completes a financial aid application before they graduate. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Nellum was at the National Center for Institutional Diversity, Young Invincibles, and the American Council on Education. Nellum completed his undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara, master’s degree at CSU Long Beach, and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. You can follow Nellum on Twitter at @chrisnellum.