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Release: #15-25
April 9, 2015
Contact: Tina Jung
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Awards $4.2 Million in Development Grants for Career Education Programs

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that the first batch of $250 million in funding is being  awarded this year to schools and their partners for career education programs.

Eight schools and districts, stretching from Tehama County to San Diego County, will share $4.2 million in California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) consortia development grants. These grants fund the planning process needed to implement career programs in the following year. The list of winners is at Funding Results: California Career Pathways Consortium Development Grant

The program builds on Torlakson's Career Readiness Initiative to support career technical education and better prepare students for 21st century jobs. Grant recipients must create sustained career pathways programs that connect businesses, K-12 schools, and community colleges. The remainder of the awards will be announced later this spring.  

"These grants are especially valuable in rural areas, where few career education programs are generally available," Torlakson said. "I am pleased the Legislature and the Governor provided us with additional funding to help communities prepare students for jobs in promising industries."

Over the past two years, CCPT has received $500 million in state funding, making it the largest program of its kind in the nation. The program's goal is to build robust partnerships among employers, schools, and community colleges to train and prepare students for the modern economy.  

Last year, Torlakson awarded $250 million to 39 consortia. Recipients included the Los Angeles Unified School District consortium, which targeted training for five high-skill, high-growth industry sectors ranging from health science to environmental resources; the East Bay I-80/880 Consortium, which focused on career training in health sciences, engineering, digital media, and public service; and the Delano-based Paramount Agriculture Career Academy collaborative,  which sought to immerse students from five high schools in a demanding, integrated academic program involving agricultural business management, agricultural mechanics, or plant science.

After seeing the program's popularity—the state received 123 applications requesting $709 million in CCPT grants last year—lawmakers approved an additional $250 million in funding to be distributed this year. Torlakson supports Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to spend $250 million each of the next three years on the program.

For more information on this grant, visit the CDE's Web page, California Career Pathways Consortium Development Grant.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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