Fourteen industry partners recognized at May 17th event for commitment to Linked Learning and opening doors for Tulare-Kings students

Visalia, CA – On Tuesday, May 17, INNOVATE Tulare-Kings in partnership with the Tulare-Kings Linked Learning Consortium, recognized fourteen industry partners who have provided vision, leadership, and have committed themselves to building innovative career pathways and work-based learning experiences for Tulare-Kings students to grow and thrive.

The following people were at the Tulare-Kings Linked Learning Partner Recognition and Celebration Event happening on May 17th from 12-2pm at the Jim Vidak Conference Center at the Tulare County Office of Education.

Bruce Kane - Kings Art Center

Chad Thompson - Dinuba Fire Department

Dawn Marple - Provost & Pritchard

Gurminder Sangha - College of the Sequoias / California Community Colleges

Jeffrey Hudson-Covolo - Sierra View Medical Center

Jim Lowe - Executive's Edge

Larry Simonetti - Lane Engineers

Lyn Finkel - ORS Nasco

Dr. Manoochehr Zoghi - Fresno State University

Matt Spence - Indoor Environmental Services (IES)

Nathan Madsen - Groppetti Automotive Group

Rick Joyner - Quad Knopf

Sean Doyle - Dinuba Fire Department

Vickie Foster - Sierra View Medical Center

“As an intermediary dedicated to engaging business partners in career and college readiness, ITK is excited to see this strategy advancing economic objectives and enhancing education and workforce partnerships in the region,” states Randy Wallace, Executive Director of ITK.

The collective mission of ITK and TKLLC, post-secondary, workforce, and intermediary partners is focused on expanding work-based learning (WBL) opportunities for students engaged in Linked Learning Academies. “We’ve seen firsthand how WBL experiences can spark a student’s imagination, giving them a whole new perspective on what’s possible for their life,” shares Wallace.

The Tulare-Kings region has integrated the Linked Learning approach into its education system, blending rigorous academics that meet college-ready standards with sequenced, high-quality career-technical education, work-based learning, and supports to help students stay on track.

For more information on the event and Linked Learning, visit

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