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 $13 Million Coming to Region for Career Readiness

The road to a high-skills, high-wage career will now be easier and more accessible for local high school and college students. The San Diego County Office of Education, on behalf of the San Diego County College and Career Readiness Consortium (CCRC), was awarded more than $13 million today from the California Department of Education.

The funded program will support career pathway programming through professional development for teachers and counselors, curriculum development, and industry engagement. The project focus is on careers in advanced manufacturing, clean energy, and information and communications technology. 

"This program will provide coordinated systems for career exploration and work-based learning in high schools and community colleges," said County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Randolph E. Ward. "If students train for the careers they want in high school and in college, they will seamlessly transition into that career. It is a win-win for students and businesses."

The San Diego County College and Career Readiness Consortium is a county-wide network of high school and community college districts that includes 116 high schools and eight community college campuses throughout the county. Lead partners also include United Way of San Diego County and the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

"We are thrilled to receive this award," said Dr. Suzette Lovely, Carlsbad Unified School District superintendent and CCRC representative for the K-12 districts. "This will allow us to strengthen our existing partnerships with purpose and, most importantly, increase opportunities for students."   

The CCRC program will help strengthen career pathway curricula and programs throughout the region, provide coordinated systems, and promote preparation for and effective transitions to postsecondary programs that lead to high-wage, high-demand careers.

"For the consortium, United Way will use its expertise to convene large groups around common goals, take a hard look at data, and build the infrastructure to make it all work," said United Way President and CEO Kevin Crawford. "Our goal is to help transition San Diego County's youth from high school and community college to high-wage, high-demand careers."

The $13 million award was one of 40 grants made throughout the state and the only grant made in the San Diego region. California Department of Education's California Career Pathways Trust program provides funding to connect education to business through work-based learning that allows students to explore and experience the workplace under the mentorship of professionals in these industries.