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Patricia de Cos

Patricia de Cos

Patricia de Cos is currently the Deputy Executive Director at the State Board of Education where she has been involved in implementation of the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics, California’s Next Generation Science Standards, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, accountability issues, standards and assessments for English learners, federal education issues, and career technical education and adult education.

Previously, she worked at the California Research Bureau of the California State Library, where she directed a two-year careers project, funded by the James Irvine Foundation on behalf of 11 bi-partisan members of the Legislature; and produced numerous reports primarily related to K-12 education such as educational opportunities for adults, early childhood education, English learners in the aftermath of Proposition 227, and the high school exit examination. Prior to this, she worked at the Employment Development Department, where she was the first staff hired to work on the School-to-Career project in conjunction with the California Community Colleges and the California Department of Education.

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The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
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