When California students succeed in college and career, we all succeed with them. They see greater lifetime earnings, create stronger futures for themselves and their families, and draw more and better jobs to their communities. But achieving this goal for all students, especially those who have traditionally been excluded from higher education, requires us to deal with serious challenges. Our educational systems are disconnected and lack consistent statewide data standards, and the academic and vocational dreams of students can be lost in the gaps between them. Counselors are overwhelmed by high caseloads and tasks that could be easily automated, making it hard to provide targeted support to the students who need their help the most.