The foundation of INNOVATE Tulare-Kings is our partnerships. As an intermediary, ITK helps connect and convene partners to define and align our region's goals for preparing our young people for their futures.
Linked Learning is a proven approach that is transforming education for California students by integrating rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences. Linked Learning ignites high school students’ passions by creating meaningful learning experiences through career-oriented pathways in fields such as engineering, health care, performing arts, law, and more.
The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is a leader in the movement to prepare young people for college and career success. For over 30 years, NAF has refined a proven educational model which includes industry-focused curricula, work-based learning experiences, and business partner expertise from five themes: Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, Engineering, and Health Sciences. Employees of more than 2,500 companies volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships and serve on local advisory boards.
Jobs for the Future works to ensure that all underprepared young people and workers have the skills and credentials needed to succeed in our economy by creating solutions that catalyze change in our education and workforce delivery systems. Working with our partners, JFF designs and drives the adoption of innovative and scalable education and career training models and systems that lead from college readiness to career advancement. We also develop and advocate for the federal and state policies needed to support these solutions.
The Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County makes critical investments in workforce training and education so that businesses can compete and prosper, and our community can thrive. Their funding and resources for workforce initiatives support local businesses in finding and retaining a highly skilled workforce. The WIB’s strategies solve economic challenges by developing workforce innovations that ensure that all Tulare County businesses continually contribute to generating wealth and economic success in our community.
ConnectEd partners with communities to transform education through Linked Learning, ensuring that all students, regardless of background, graduate ready for college, career, and life. Linked Learning combines strong academics, demanding technical education, and real-world experience.
The Tulare-Kings Linked Learning Consortium's mission is to sustain a collaborative network to advance integrated academics with career based learning and real world work experience to ensure that students are prepared for college, career, and life. It includes eleven school districts, led by mentor Porterville Unified School District and the Tulare County Office of Education. Consortium members include:
- Tulare County Office of Education, Co-lead
- Porterville Unified School District, Mentor District / Co-lead
- Cutler-Orosi Unified School District
- Dinuba Unified School District
- Hanford Joint Union High School District
- Lindsay Unified School District
- Tulare Joint Union High School District
- Visalia Unified School District
- Corcoran Unified School District
- Exeter Unified School District
- Lemoore Union High School District
- Woodlake Unified School District
The Tulare County Office of Education exists to serve, support, encourage, develop and consistently improve on hundreds of programs and services to benefit over 90,000 students in 44 school districts across Tulare County. The school districts range from single school districts, such as Hot Springs with 20 students, to the Visalia Unified School District with over 25,000 students. Of the County's districts, eighty-five percent are considered small districts with less than 2,500 students. Seventy percent of the districts have less than 1,000 students each.
The Kings County Job Training Office (JTO) along with the Kings County Economic Development Corporation offers a wide range of services to job seekers and employers. JTO works in partnership with regional training providers, the Employment Development Department, area business and the Kings EDC to increase the skill level of the local workforce.
California Community Colleges and Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy focuses on a four-pronged framework to close the skills gap. These four prongs include:
- Give Priority for jobs and the economy
- Make Room for jobs and the economy
- Promote Student Success
- Innovate for jobs and the economy
INTERNNECT is an internship process developed by Mangini Associates Inc. and was conceptualized in 2010. Although its inception began at a small scale, the idea of bringing other business partners into the classroom has exponentially grown with excitement. The mission of the internship is to expand that original, small group of six students into an expanded cohort of several teams represented by school districts across multiple counties who will learn and prosper together.