School district approves applications for career technical education facilities grant
Submitted by Jen Gaviola, Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Deputy Superintendent
–Paso Robles Joint Unified School District and School Board approved two applications for Career Technical Education (CTE) Facilities Grants. College and Career Readiness is at the heart of our work here in Paso Robles Joint Unified School District. Our district vision is: Every student will be prepared for success in college, career and community. We currently have thirteen career-technical pathways in our district which are preparing students for college and career readiness. A majority of these courses are both A-G (college preparatory) and dual enrolled with Cuesta Community College. The focus of this facilities grant will be in the following two industry sectors: Education, Child Development, and Family Services: Education Pathway. This pathway focus was selected by our CTE Advisory due to rising job opportunities in our local area, with currently our own school district being the largest employer in our town. The other grant will be in the industry sector: Health Science and Medical Technology: Patient Care Pathway. This pathway focus was selected by our CTE Advisory due to rising job opportunities in our local area, with currently over 15,067 jobs in San Luis Obispo County.
The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District fully supports a CTE plan that focuses on preparing students for high wage, high demand, high skills jobs that exist currently or are emerging in our local community. The plan is dedicated to creating an aligned and coherent educational delivery system to engage students in lifelong learning while developing solid foundations for educational opportunities for students seeking careers in a range of sectors within business and industry. Paso Robles High School currently offers, and will continue to offer programs that provide rigor, and a comprehensive standards-based curriculum, combined with the integration of industry-specific knowledge and skills.
The grants were successfully submitted to the California Department of Education yesterday. The requested amount for both grants is just under one million dollars. Superintendent Chris Williams commented, “We are excited about the potential of expanding these valuable programs and the positive impact they can have for students, teachers, and our community. Our district and school boards’ continuing focus on preparing every student for college, career and community is much appreciated. I would like to especially thank Jen Gaviola, Jennifer Clayton, Brenda Matthysee, Shelby LaMendola, and BreAnne Cerda for their leadership and support in this process.”
Paso Robles Joint Unified School District will be notified in February if they receive these state funds to expand our health career and education facilities. For more information please contact the district office with questions: (805) 769-1000.