Project Pathways is a project out of the Pathways to College & Career Department at the Alameda County Office of Education, which the R4 (Resilient Youth. Ready to Learn. Ready for Work. Ready for Life.) grant is part of..  ACOE serves as the R4 fiscal agent and LEA for our collaboration between the 21 court, community and continuation schools, participating community colleges, regional Workforce Development Boards and local CBOs in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

Through the R4 initiative, we are building accessible, engaging, accelerated Career and College Pathways that are aligned with regional employment needs--in an effort to ensure the success of the R4 community. Our student vision is that all youth participate and flourish in equitable quality Career and College Pathway programs that lead to wellness and empower students with the academic tools to ensure economic success. Through participation in Project Pathways, youth ultimately learn, earn, lead, live, and thrive.

Project Pathways Background

  • January 2015- A subsection of the East Bay Regional Consortium joined together to write a second round proposal for California Career Pathways Trust. The R4 proposal created a project to link the students in the Court, Continuation, Community and Alternate school students to the East Bay Regional Consortium.  The desire is to create an aligned system so that every youth in Alameda County has multiple entry points into Career Pathways.

  • June 2015-  The California Department of Education awarded $14.1 Million to the R4 Consortium, with Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) as the fiscal lead.

  • July 2015 - February 2016- ACOE focused on creating the infrastructure for the R4 grant as Project Pathways.  

A Student-Centered Approach

The R4 student is the center of the work we do.    

The R4 Pathways Pyramid

Inspired by Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. 


What is a Pathway?

What is considered a "Pathway" in the R4 schools differs that the pathways in traditional schools. 
Pathways have been adapted based on the student population and are comprised of 3 elements to complete a pathway sequence: