3 Charter Schools Receive Award of Career Pathways Trust Grants Linking Education and Careers

June 4, 2014

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John Muir Charter School, Public Safety Academy of San Bernardino, and W.E.B Dubois Public Charter School were among the first recipients of grants under a new $250 million program designed to help students stay in school and move toward college and employment in high-demand fields.

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. This award was created to further the goal of enabling every California student to graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the real world. According to the California Department of Education, the programs that received awards not only encourage kids to stay in school, but also combine the rigorous academics and practical experience employers say they need.

The partnerships funded by these grants will bring real-world experience and hands-on learning to students, opening new bridges of opportunity from the classroom to success in college and careers.

State officials received 123 eligible applications containing about $709 million in requested grants, nearly triple the $250 million in available funding. Applicants included community college districts, county offices of education, direct-funded charter schools, and school districts.