“This kind of career pathways education works,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “It's truly an investment in the students and the state’s economic development.”
Applicants competing for grants of up to $15 million each will propose programs designed to provide a clear path from school to specific kinds of jobs in demand in high growth industries, tailoring instruction to the skills needed for those positions.
“This model of learning helps bring curriculum to life, by making education more relevant to college and careers,” said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento). “Where this career pathways approach has been applied, we’ve seen reduced dropout rates and avenues to good-paying jobs."