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01/22/14

California Schools Compete for $250 Million in Job Training Grants

Oakland Tribune (CA) (01/22/14) Oakley, Doug

The California Department of Education hopes to fill the growing demand for trained workers by offering $250 million in grants for job training programs at high schools and community colleges. The department is currently accepting letters of intent and grant applications as part of the California Career Pathways Trust for school districts and community colleges that collaborate with local businesses to train students for jobs in health care, manufacturing, biotechnology, aerospace, agricultural technology, energy, and computer science. The state will award 10 grants up to $15 million each, 15 grants up to $6 million each, and 15 grants up to $600,000 each, and applicants have until March 28 to apply. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says that if applicants win a grant, they can begin spending the money on July 1.
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