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Release: #16-21
March 9, 2016
Contact: Peter Tira
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces $245 Million Award of
Career Technical Education Incentive Grants

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced the awarding of $245 million to 265 applicants that 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. Today's awards are in addition to the $91 million granted to 100 applicants in January, bringing total grant funding to $336 million.

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."

The State Board of Education (SBE) today approved $245 million in Career Technical Education Incentive Grants to 265 applicants (DOC). The grants ranged in size from $28,562 to Southern Trinity Joint Unified School District in Trinity County to $32.5 million to the Los Angeles Unified School District. Today's awards follow the $91 million granted to 100 applicants (DOC) by the SBE in January.

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. Four examples of today's grant recipients are:

  • Butte County Office of Education: In operation since 1974, Butte County's Regional Occupational Program offers high school students courses in video production, digital photography, veterinary skills and construction, among many others. Adult education options include veterinary assistant certification, phlebotomy, dental specialty courses, and medical assistant training. It received a grant of $118,672.
  • Fresno County Office of Education: The Fresno Regional Occupational Program offers high school students and some adults exposure and training in dozens of fields, including culinary arts, emergency medicine, nursing, sports medicine, advanced robotics, fashion design, irrigating and water science, firefighting and small business management. It received a grant of $3,613,362.
  • Placer County Office of Education: CTE WORKS is another Regional Occupational Program designed to provide career training and experience – and often college credit – to high school students through courses that include integrated animal science, advanced culinary arts, graphic art and animation, engineering manufacturing and child development and education. It received a grant of $4,920.527.
  • San Bernardino City Unified School District: With 73 schools and more than 50,000 students, San Bernardino City Unified has set an ambitious goal of 100 percent participation in Career Technical Education for all of its students by 2017. The many opportunities offered include a teaching academy at Arroyo Valley High School that not only provides real-world experience in district schools but offers college tuition and credentialing reimbursement for any graduate that returns to teach in the district. Arroyo Valley High School is also home to an academy that offers deep instruction in solar technology, organic recycling and other sustainable systems. The district received a grant of $3,167,983.
More information on other grant recipients is available upon request.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Last Reviewed: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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