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Invitation to the Pathways to Prosperity Institute

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

December 3, 2013

Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, Higher Education Administrators, and Business and Industry Representatives:


The California Department of Education, in collaboration with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, the California Workforce Investment Board, and the Pathways to Prosperity Network, will be hosting the Pathways to Prosperity Institute (Institute) in Sacramento, Clovis, and Los Angeles in December. The Institute will share strategies on how education and industry can work together to create high-quality career pathway programs aligned with the local and regional needs of business and industry. County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, Higher Education Administrators, Business and Industry Representatives, and other agencies interested in applying for the California Career Pathway Trust are encouraged to attend. The Department requests that agencies send a team of no more than three representatives to the Institute. There are no costs for attendance. Agencies are responsible for their own travel and per diem expenses.

The Institute will cover the following topics:

  • Developing sustainable collaborations between educational agencies and businesses;
  • Creating regional career pathways aligned to local labor market needs;
  • Integrating academic and career-based learning aligned to high-need, high-growth, and emerging regional economic sectors; and
  • Establishing effective work-based learning programs between educational agencies and businesses.
Date Primary Location Time
December 17, 2013 1500 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95814
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
December 18, 2013 Clovis Veterans Memorial District Auditorium
808 4th Street
Clovis, CA 93612
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
December 19, 2013 Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
350 S. Bixel Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Pathways to Prosperity Network is a collaboration between the Pathways to Prosperity Project at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Jobs for the Future, and states focused on ensuring that many more young people complete high school, attain a postsecondary credential with currency in the labor market, and launch into a career while leaving open the prospect of further education. Presenters at the Institute will include Nancy Hoffman, Vice President and Senior Advisor at Jobs for the Future, and Robert Schwartz, Professor of Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The program will consist of a general session in the morning and breakout sessions in the afternoon. Space will be limited and attendance will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, an R.S.V.P. is required to attend any of the locations listed above. Please R.S.V.P. to no later than December 10, 2013, with the following information:

  • Name(s) and Title(s) of attendees
  • Organization
  • E-mail address
  • Phone numbers
  • Location choice

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Mindi Yates, Education Programs Consultant of the Career Technical Education Leadership and Instructional Support Office, by e-mail at


Tom Torlakson

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