California awards $250M to high school career prep programs

May 27, 2015 4:24 PM by News Staff, Photo: U.S. Census Bureau / MGN

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is betting big that connecting high school studies to specific careers will get more students to graduate, go on to college and find well-paying jobs.

The state distributed nearly $250 million in grants on Wednesday to dozens of so-called "career pathways" - programs that combine academic and technical coursework at the high school and community college level with hands-on training supplied by employers.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says the recipients represent high-demand fields such as health care, agriculture, information technology and advanced manufacturing facing a shortage of skilled workers.

One of the largest awards, $15 million, went to a partnership between the Galt Joint Union High School District south of Sacramento and three community colleges. They plan to offer agriculture-oriented science classes and training in disciplines such as construction, plumbing, metal fabrication and ornamental horticulture.

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