Butte College and the Butte-Glenn Career Pathways Consortium (BGCPC) have been awarded a $5.8 million competitive grant by the California Department of Education to help students stay in school and move toward college and employment in high-demand fields in Butte and Glenn Counties.
The Career Pathways Grant was awarded to the Butte-Glenn Career Pathways Consortium (BGCPC), a regional, collaborative partnership with Butte College as the fiscal agent, Butte County Office of Education, Butte County school districts, Glenn County Office of Education, Glenn County school districts, business entities, community organizations and agencies, local workforce investment board, and CSU, Chico.
"The grant integrates academic and career-focused curriculum and experiences and will build or expand 34 career pathways in 17 partner secondary schools in Butte and Glenn counties. The grant will serve over 2,500 students annually over the next five years," said Kimberly Perry, President/Superintendent, Butte College.
A regional career pathways system, BGCPC offers linked learning models aligned with regional and statewide economic needs to support college and career readiness for students. It offers evidence-based, high-quality career pathway curricula using models from the National Academy Foundation, Project Lead The Way, and the Health and Science Pipeline Initiative.
"Butte County Office of Education could not be more excited about the efforts of Butte College, Butte County Office of Education Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and our local high schools in obtaining the California Career Pathways Trust. We look forward to working with the Butte College in building a structure of academics that weaves effective job training preparedness to compliment the local and regional needs for career ready students," said Tim Taylor, Superintendent, Butte County Office of Education.
The grant includes adaptive curriculum strategies; multiple entry and exit points; a continuum of work-based learning opportunities; integrated life skills/education interventions; and wrap around career services to participating students. Students will be able to select from high-skill, high-wage, and high-growth career pathways that will be offered in the following sectors: Engineering & Architecture; Health; Information & Communication Technology; and Manufacturing & Product Development.
"Students in Glenn County will receive genuine opportunities to prepare for a real career in the field of their choice - an educational option that has been a tad scant for far too long. Our sincere thanks to those who helped secure this grant; best wishes and congratulations to those students who take advantage of this opportunity," said Tracy Quarne, Superintendent, Glenn County Office of Education.
The California Career Pathways Trust was spearheaded last year by Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, and established a one-time $250 million competitive grant program in the state's 2013-14 budget.
Grant recipients are tasked with creating sustained career pathways programs that connect businesses, K-12 schools, and community colleges to better prepare students for the 21st century workplace.
State officials received 123 eligible applications containing about $709 million in requested grants, nearly triple the $250 million in available funding resulting in 39 grants awarded statewide. Applicants included community college districts, county offices of education, direct-funded charter schools, and school districts.