Jan 24, 2020
The Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation Board of Directors has approved over $300,000 in grant funding for the 2020-2021 school year.
Funding will support students from Cloverdale to Sonoma Valley with classroom grants for industry-grade equipment purchases, professional development and innovative course topics including regenerative agriculture, veterinary science and welding technology – all with an emphasis on hands-on learning and career exploration.
“CTE Foundation’s evolution continues, and we are excited to bring these innovative learning opportunities to our students in their high school classrooms,” said Lynn Stauffer, Dean of Science and Technology at Sonoma State University and CTE Foundation Board Member and Grants Committee Chair. “We are seeing more students better prepared for life after high school, whether it be at a 2- or 4- year college or directly into careers that are in demand in Sonoma County.”
Now in its seventh funding cycle, CTE Foundation has invested over $3 million since its founding in 2013, creating new programs that connect students to employers for career exploration and skill-building and spurring over 100 new classes in local schools that focus on career and technical education aligned with industries including engineering, manufacturing, agriculture, health, and the construction trades.
In addition to grants for schools, the CTE Foundation invests in programs that increase relevance for student learning from the classroom to real life. Students enrolled in these programs are engaged, active learners who graduate at higher rates and are better prepared for the rigors of both college and career than their non-CTE counterparts. Video: Julians Story
Classroom tours at currently funded courses throughout Sonoma County are currently being scheduled for the weeks of February 10 and 17. To tour a CTE Foundation supported program, contact Leslie Simmons at (707) 755-5724 or email@example.com .
The Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation, founded in 2013, works to improve the economic outlook for Sonoma County’s youth by investing resources in a coordinated system of college and career readiness programs that lead to high-wage, high-demand, and high-skilled jobs in the county. The aim is to significantly improve overall student success and achievement through innovative educational programs that simultaneously mirror local economic trends and workforce demand. This is accomplished by gathering input from local employers about the skills gap and workforce training needs to help guide and coordinate opportunities to build a constructive connection between educational institutions and industry leaders while retaining the flexibility to respond to the challenges and needs faced by both. https://ctesonomacounty.org
Leslie Simmons, Marketing & Development Manager
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