Navigating Pathways: The COE’s Role in Career Education and K-12 Workforce Initiatives

The Bay Area Community College Consortium (BACCC) comprises 28 colleges and their framework is to facilitate, collaborate, plan, manage, communicate, and inform their local education agencies (LEAs) about career education programs. It creates career pathways through collaborations with the K12 and Adult Education Consortia partners to prepare students for high-demand, livable wages.

Jack Michael is the new CTE K12 Pathway Coordinator for the Santa Cruz COE. He has worked for the COE’s Alternative Education Department in College & Career Readiness since 2014 and in our Outdoor Science School prior. We welcome him in this new role as our Pathway Coordinator!

K12 Strong Workforce Program funds will release their round 6 RFA for those school districts wanting to expand or develop new career pathways. Applications will be due October 6, 2023. Opportunities for Regional Bay Area Partnership Grants include the ACOE’s Green Careers and Skilled Trades Guidance Initiative, Apple Swift App Development, Earn & Learn Work-Based Learning Support, Future Ready K12 Career Development Curricula, and Virtual Career Field Trips.

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