South Valley hooks $14.7M for work-based learning

The Business Journal – April 10, 2015

Students in the Mt. Whitney High School health sciences pilot program participate in lab training as part of Visalia Unified’s Linked Learning Academy. Photo courtesy of Bill Davis, Visalia Unified

After years of emphasizing college readiness in high school curriculum, school districts throughout the Central Valley are now focusing on work-based learning.

The switch came shortly after the California Department of Education poured $250 million into the California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) last year. School districts throughout the state are now competing for one-time grants in order to update their career-based offerings.

“For far too long we’ve kind of only focused on college and not what kind of career [students] want to pursue,” said Bill Davis, career technical education project coordinator for Visalia Unified School District (VUSD).

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