Career Technical Education
In the News
- County CTE programs highlighted by Economic Development Board as critical to promoting workforce and economic development: On May 20, 2016 many High School CTE Programs were highlighted at an annual Spring Economic Forecast event attended by over 350 industry professionals. This event was so successful, with students showcasing their skills and knowledge they’ve gained in their high school pathway programs, that the Sonoma County EDB has decided to make this an annual event. Look for more high school CTE programs to be highlighted next year.
- This Press Democrat article features a partnership between SCOE, the CTE Foundation and Switch Vehicles to teach students how to build electric cars.
Economic & Workforce Development Groups
CTE programs in Sonoma County schools are a key element of our county’s economic and workforce development efforts. According the Sonoma County Board of Supervisor’s Economic Development Plan, ensuring that the county builds a quality workforce for the future is essential to economic success. SCOE works closely with local economic and workforce development organizations to support CTE programs that are aligned with the county’s goals. Partnerships have been developed with the following agencies.
North Coast Builders Exchange
Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce
Sonoma County Alliance
Sonoma County BEST
Sonoma County Economic Development Board
Sonoma County Innovation Council
Sonoma County Lodging Association
Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board
Sonoma County Strategic Economic Plan
Developed in 2009 by the Sonoma County Innovation Council, this ten-year plan specifically focuses on three areas: the future viability of a qualified workforce, possible future shortages of natural resources, and measures needed to help assure a strong economic climate in the future. SCOE participated in the development of the plan, which provides ongoing guidance for economic and workforce development in Sonoma County and is a resource for schools working to align their CTE programs to local goals.
SCOE has also joined in public-private partnerships with organizations that share the goal of ensuring a promising future for young people. As a result of these partnerships, educators are engaging with industry and community leaders as they work together to improve educational opportunities for youth and ensure economic prosperity for the future. Key partnerships include:
Private Funding for CTE
The Sonoma County CTE Fund has been established at Community Foundation Sonoma County to support local CTE programs. This fund supports programs that are aligned with the region’s economic development needs. It secures and grants funding to explore innovative CTE structures, models, and strategies that prepare students for the 21st century. Resources are directed toward results-oriented programs that develop new pathways for challenging programs of study, leading to post-secondary and career success for students.
Established in 2012, the CTE Fund raised over $1,000,000 in its first two years of operation. It has awarded grants to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs in five Sonoma County high schools. The video below highlights the impact of those programs.
- Stephen Jackson, Director