Sonoma County Office of Education

College and Career Readiness


The College and Career Readiness Services (CCRS) Department provides services and supports to districts, secondary school sites, and teachers aimed to prepare all students to be college- and career-ready. Services include:

  • Professional Development
  • Building Relevance Through Industry and Community Partnerships
  • Transition support for students from middle school and high school and college
  • Training and Support for Social Emotional Learning
  • Support for College and Career Readiness Indicators as part of the new state accountability systems
  • Assistance in writing CTE Grants such as the CTE Incentive Grants and the new CTE Facilities grant.

These services are provided in partnership with secondary school districts across Sonoma County as well as the Sonoma County Economic Development and Workforce Investment Boards, Santa Rosa Junior College, and Sonoma State University. The department also partners with Santa Rosa Junior College as part of a Regional Adult Education Consortium to provide Career Technical Education courses for adults in Sonoma County. It provides educational services in Adult Correctional Facilities and serves as a partner in the Community Corrections Partnership.

Career Pathways: A career pathway is a sequence of academic and CTE courses designed to prepare high school students for transition to more advanced post-secondary coursework in a career area of interest. Students take career pathway courses to enhance the relevance of their learning and to prepare for college and career.

Most career pathways combine academic classroom-based activities, hands-on project-based learning, and work-based learning experiences at business and agency work sites. Instruction is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, CTE Model Curriculum Standards, and current industry practices.

Career Pathway programs are offered in high schools throughout Sonoma County in industry areas that have been identified as viable sectors of Sonoma County’s economy. Many schools provide career pathways using Smaller Learning Community models.

Smaller Learning Communities are an educational model for structuring high school programs around career themes. English, science, and social science courses are oriented around career clusters—healthcare, engineering, media, public service, and others. Academic instruction is supported and reinforced by CTE courses that address the specific skills and knowledge necessary for future employment in the career cluster. Smaller Learning Communities schedule students in cohort groups so that they matriculate through the three- to four-year program with the same group of peers.

Partnerships and Grants

Summer High School Internship Program (SHIP): The Summer High School STEM Internship Program (SHIP) is a partnership between the School of Science and Technology (SST) at Sonoma State University and the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE). SCOE collaborates with the nonprofit organization 10,000 Degrees to help students from low-income backgrounds get to and through college. Thanks to comprehensive personal support, academic counseling, and financial aid management, 86 percent of 10,000 Degrees four-year college students earn bachelor’s degrees, compared to 31 percent nationally. As vital members of local communities, 10,000 Degrees college alumni are more likely to vote, more likely to volunteer, and earn over $1 million more in their lifetimes.

CTE Foundation of Sonoma County: SCOE also collaborates with the CTE Foundation of Sonoma County to align education and industry, in order to strengthen economic development and student achievement.

CTE Resources

Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE)
Buck Institute: Project-Based Learning for the 21st Century
California Career Center
Career & College Academy Support Network (CCASN)
CDE, Career Technical Education
ConnectEd: California Center for College and Career
CTE, Learning that Works for America
GetREAL: Relevance in Education and Learning
Linked Learning Alliance
Project Lead The Way, Standards Alignment Tool
National Academy Foundation

Access SCOE's online College and Career Readiness guide here.