At YPICS means students have opportunities that prepare them for any postsecondary education or training experience, including study at two- and four-year institutions leading to a postsecondary credential (i.e. a certificate, license, Associates or Bachelor’s degree). Being ready for college means that a student has the knowledge and skills necessary to qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college courses without the need for remedial coursework.
YPICS believes a career provides a family-sustaining wage and pathways to advancement and requires postsecondary training or education. A job may be obtained with only a high school diploma, but offers no guarantee of advancement or mobility. Being ready for a career means that a student has the knowledge and skills needed to qualify for and succeed in the postsecondary job training and/or education necessary for their chosen career (i.e. community college, technical/vocational program, apprenticeship or significant on-the-job training).
YPICS citizen-scholars are not just tourist in their classrooms. They are active citizens, change agents, and California’s future leaders. Our students learn that being an active citizen is about being community-oriented and looking beyond the microcosm of their own lives and family, to contribute some of their time, skills and energies to make a better world for the larger community in which they attend school and live.
A YPICS lifelong learner is able to set educational and career goals, to develop a realistic strategy to achieve those goals and to apply content knowledge and critical thinking skills to adapt to a rapidly changing environment on a regular basis. The pursuit of learning and attaining these goals is a life-long endeavor.