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Learning Communities are combinations of classes that have the same group of students and share a theme or topic.
What are the Advantages of Learning Communities?
Puente (Spanish for "bridge") is a national-award winning program that has helped thousands of students reach their dreams of college success. Puente was founded in 1981 by Felix Galaviz and Patricia McGrath at Chabot Community College in Hayward, California. Their goal was to increase the number of Mexican American and Latino students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Since then, Puente has expanded to 78 community colleges and 32 high schools throughout California, and tens of thousands of students have been served.
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Umoja Student Development Corporation was formed in 1997 to link the educational efforts of Manley Career Academy High School to the broader community and to serve as an advocate for young people. As a model for school community partnership, Umoja provides the intensive services that most schools simply cannot.
Now also at additional schools, Umoja demonstrates that young people in an under-resourced environment do improve their performance and motivation when engaged in meaningful learning and leadership opportunities coupled with long term relationships with adults.