History & Overview

 By 2018, our goal is providing opportunities for 10,000 students in our region to explore careers and gain job skills. We will do this by working side-by-side with local employers and community colleges.

INNOVATE Tulare-Kings (ITK) was established in 2013 as an employer-driven intermediary to support the Tulare-Kings Linked Learning Consortium and provide guidance for the region as we further develop our Linked Learning pathways. This initiative is funded in large part by the California Career Pathways Trust and early investments made by the Tulare County Office of Education and the Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County. In 2015, ITK received another investment from the James Irvine Foundation to support the Tulare Kings Regional Hub of Excellence.
ITK’s efforts further enables the expansion of employer and workforce partnerships for the 39 pathway programs that currently exist in the two counties.


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More background:

The California Department of Education, announced in May 2013 that the Tulare County Office of Education was one of 39 recipients of the Career Pathways Trust funding, a one-time $250 million competitive grant program designed to increase student access to career pathways programs that connect businesses, K–12 schools, and community colleges to better prepare students for the 21st-century workplace. The Tulare-Kings Linked Learning Consortium is one of 12 consortia in the state that received up to $15 million in funding.
Read about the California Career Pathways Trust grant.