Regional Learning Collaborative
The Regional Learning Collaborative (RLC) is a regionally-committed, intersegmental education pipeline partnership in Pomona and the surrounding Inland Empire, with the mission to facilitate student advancement to and through college and into living wage jobs. The RLC operationalizes this mission by bringing together education leaders from P-12 districts, institutions of higher education, and supporting community-based educational organizations across the regional pipeline, to align institutional policies, programs, and practices and implement high-impact strategies that ensure college and career readiness, effective transitions, and degree completion for all students, particularly for low-income students.
The RLC was founded in 2015 by Dr. Zargarpour at the Claremont Evaluation Center (CEC), in partnership with Pomona Unified School District (PUSD) and Educational Results Partnership (ERP), and encompasses over 40 regional education pipeline partners, 6 national expert partners, 4 funders, and Pomona Mayor’s Office. All of these partners have remained committed to the work of the Collaborative and are engaged in supporting RLC goals. In 2017, the RLC developed a three-prong strategic plan focused on (1) dual enrollment and (2) vertical articulation to ensure academic readiness for postsecondary success among students. As prerequisite to dual enrollment, multiple measures placement and corequisite education were adopted to improve students’ opportunities for college access and persistence. A third strategy, (3) college mentorship focused on socio-emotional preparation and college knowledge for academically at-risk students was supported through other funding sources and aimed to develop the competencies, knowledge, and understanding needed for college and career readiness.