The Board of Supervisors recently eased the way for the county’s Workforce Development Board to work in partnership with school districts, colleges, and other community stakeholders to develop, expand, and support its career pathway programs.
The goal of such programs is to help students and young adults prepare for opportunities in growth industries. The program is an innovative new effort that aligns education, training strategies, and supportive services.
The county’s Career Pathways Compact (CPC) will work to assure that graduating students are able to either enter their career field directly from high school, gain acceptance into college or vocational program, or become a registered apprentice. Students who participate in the program are co-enrolled in community college and will earn college credits.
“Career pathways are an integral component of our Countywide Vision and our commitment to economic prosperity by connecting businesses with a qualified workforce,” Board Chairman and First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood said. “Many of these students are being exposed to career opportunities they never imagined possible, and in the process are receiving hands-on training and certification they can use to obtain employment. It’s a win for them and for businesses in need of trained and qualified workers.”
The Career Pathways Compact will include all the county’s 33 school districts and is expected to serve nearly 100,000 students each year.
If you are an employer or a job seeker interested in participating in the Workforce Development Board’s Program. More information about the program is available at (800) 451-JOBS or online at http://www.sbcounty.gov/workforce.