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School-to-Career links learning and work

School-based projects bring business and community resources together for students

School-to-Career links learning and work
This summer, a number of Tulare County students received valuable construction experience thanks to Randy Wallace of the School-to-Career Program. Mr. Wallace was able to assemble business partners and leverage several small funding sources to create employment opportunities that made a big impact on the students and their schools. "We are able to do some amazing projects thanks to business and community partners who are invested in supporting Tulare County young people," he says.

School-to-Career links learning and work At VTEC High School in Visalia, a TCOE Youth Connect Grant and a Step Up Service Learning project grant were combined with support from College of the Sequoias. Students were given the task of designing, creating and installing an outdoor processing kitchen, which included a mosaic mural depicting a "growing day" on the walls of the new College of the Sequoias Humanities Garden. "The results were amazing," says VTEC principal Vicki Porter. "Our students not only earned some money, they learned career skills and provided a useful service to the community."

In Porterville, students from Harmony Magnet Academy and Porterville High School participated in the Solar Science Summer Camp. The program, which was a partnership between the School-to-Career Program, the Tulare County Workforce Investment Board and solar systems manufacturer SunPower, provided students a mix of lecture, hands-on laboratory, and field visits in the emerging solar industry."

For more information on business/school partnerships, contact Randy Wallace at (559) 733-6101.

Photos above:
~ Porterville-area students worked with solar systems maker SunPower to learn the science and engineering of solar systems.
~ VTEC High School students created an outdoor kitchen with a mosaic depicting a "growing day."