Work-Based Learning in Tulare and Kings County 2017

Tulare and Kings Counties is a hub for work-based learning (WBL) opportunities for our students.A few highlights from 2017:Nearly 12,000 students engaged in some form of WBL. Students interacted with industry partners more than 600 times, which breaks down to an average of 23 professional interactions a week during the school year.More than 500 businesses […]

Meet Valerie Fisher, MA, R.N.

“I am not sure where I would be today if I had not had the opportunity to start my life’s journey at a community college. This is where I pursued my dream of becoming a registered nurse.” Can you describe your role as Deputy Sector Navigator at Health Workforce Initiative at California Community Colleges? What about […]

Meet Nancy Lockwood

“Seeing through my rose-colored glasses, I see a future in which businesses bringing in interns, offering tours and job shadowing is the norm – an everyday part of being in business. In which high school interns return to that business and secure a summer job. In which students graduate high school prepared to go to […]

Meet Colby Wells

“I was born and raised in the Valley and I want to do my part to make this region successful and prosperous.  When the business community works with education we can help grow students that want to stay in the area and make a difference.” What’s the most common response we hear when we ask […]

Tulare-Kings CCPT Pathways Work Featured in “Two Years into CCPT: Many Challenges & Great Promise” by Milbrey McLaughlin, Valerie Lundy-Wagner, & Barry Groves

Tulare-Kings California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) work is featured in Jobs for the Future’s report “Two Years into CCPT: Many Challenges & Great Promise” by Milbrey McLaughlin, Valerie Lundy-Wagner, & Barry Groves.A spotlight on”Promising Practice: INNOVATE Tulare-Kings” appears on page 27 in the full report.”Some consortia are working to develop tools that can assess students’ pathway […]

Meet Jeffery L. Hudson-Covolo, DNP, R.N.

“I have always had a calling to help others.  That motivation is strong and has been the guiding force in the roles I have held as a nurse.  A nurse first, and leader second.” When it comes to creating the healthcare talent pipeline, Jeffery L. Hudson-Covolo not only has a vision, he’s making it happen. […]

Meet Adam Peck

“I would tell my younger self that, when in doubt, act in a manner to provide your future self with the most options. Don’t worry about planning out your life while young, just work to gain the experiences, cultivate the relationships, and master the skills that collectively will grant your future self a wide variety […]

Meet Nicola Wissler

“Since college, all of the jobs that I have had come because I was willing to take an opportunity and veer off of my set path.” Anyone who knows Nicola Wissler knows she’s been a long-time advocate of work-based learning, youth entrepreneurship and leadership, and supporting businesses to access a quality workforce. We interview Nicola […]

Check out the 2015-16 ITK Annual Report!

“We want to create those WOW moments when students dig deep and realize their true talent and potential. We believe these investments will inspire higher number of students to seek higher education.They will have a better chance at higher wage jobs which drives economic growth. And, of course, this helps build a strong talent pipeline.”Bobby […]

TK SunPower Summer Solar Energy Academy 2016

“SunPower is proud of this relationship not only because it was the first school district partner who asked us to their CTE education initiatives, but because Innovate T-K has been a leader in innovative, effective and game-changing CTE education programming!”Renee Solari, Program Manager, Educational Services at SunPower Corporation  “SunPower Corporation has been a proud business […]