SACRAMENTO - Governor Gray Davis today announced $1.8 million in grants to 23 local partnerships that will provide students in public schools and community colleges school-to-career opportunities.
“These grants will fund innovative partnerships between community based organizations, local businesses, trade associations and schools,” Gov. Davis said. “Students involved in school-to-career partnerships benefit from learning about career options. Workforce internships and other hands-on activities in the private sector and community service have proven to help improve student achievement.”
Each program receiving a grant represents a partnership between a local education agency and private industry. Grants were awarded to programs ranging from programs for high school students to career fairs and classroom curricula about career options. They include:
* The San Diego School-to-Career Partnership, awarded a grant of $150,000, provides paid summer internships and jobs to students by local area employers. The partnership also offers professional development opportunities for teachers to develop work-based curriculum and activities for students.
* The Greater Los Angeles County School-to-Career Partnership plans to use its $100,000 grant to increase the number of elementary, middle and high school students who participate in classroom career awareness activities, including career field trips and job shadowing.
* The Contra Costa Business Education Collaborative, awarded $100,000, seeks to improve parent involvement in career choices, holds career fairs and helps teachers develop work-based learning projects.