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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Award of Career Pathways Trust Grants Linking Education and Careers

Imperial Valley News (05/30/14)

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that 39 consortia representing hundreds of thousands of students across the state will receive grants under the $250 million California Career Pathways Trust to create sustained career pathways programs that connect businesses, K-12 schools, and community colleges to ensure students are prepared for the 21st century workplace. "To make good on our goal of a world-class education for every California student, they have to graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the real world," Torlakson said. "By demonstrating the relevance of students' education, these programs not only encourage kids to stay in school, but also combine the rigorous academics and practical experience employers say they need." Twelve consortia will each receive up to $15 million, 16 will be awarded up to $6 million each, and 11 will be given as much as $600,000 apiece. "The partnerships funded by these grants will bring real-world experience and hands-on learning to our students, opening new bridges of opportunity from the classroom to success in college and careers," said Torlakson. "The Career Pathways Trust is a much-needed investment that will benefit our state's economy well into the future."
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