The San Diego County Office of Education Juvenile Court and Community Schools has been awarded $350,349 to support its college and career readiness programs.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the award, which is part of a total $245 million in grants to 265 applicants. Winning programs integrate academics with career technical and professional training, connect employers with schools and prepare students for jobs in high-demand fields, including robotics, information technology, health care, teaching, and emergency services.
The Career Technical Education Incentive Grant program is the largest of its kind in the nation. Established in the 2015-16 state budget, the program will provide $900 million over the next three years to support and develop 21st century career and college readiness programs throughout the state.
"California's Career Technical Education leads the way in providing our students with a rigorous academic education in addition to the practical job skills that are in the greatest demand," Torlakson said. "At the same time, we're providing businesses and our communities with a next-generation workforce needed to keep our economy thriving."
Other grant recipients include school districts, county offices of education, charter schools, Regional Occupational Centers and Programs or groups of participating schools and districts, often in partnership with local businesses and non-profits. In addition to providing a high quality Career Technical Education program, grant recipients are required to provide dollar-for-dollar matching funds.