A $5M Boost to Career, Tech Education

The Long Beach Unified School District will receive a state grant of about $5.5 million for career and technical education.  The school district is among the first round of grantees statewide who will receive $900 million over the next three years to help schools provide high-quality, sequenced career and technical education.

The Linked Learning Alliance, founded by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation, congratulated the first round of state grantees in a statement last week.  Linked Learning is a proven approach that is transforming education for California students by integrating rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences.  Linked Learning creates meaningful learning experiences through career-oriented pathways in fields such as engineering, health care, performing arts, law and more.

“The Linked Learning Alliance congratulates the districts and charter organizations receiving CTE (Career and Technical Education) Incentive Grant funds,” said Darrell Steinberg, Chairman of the Linked Learning Alliance.  “We applaud their commitment to use these resources to help prepare all students, the next generation of leaders and innovators, for college and career.  When integrated with college preparatory academics, work-based learning, and student supports, CTE helps students prepare for college success while gaining skills and earning credentials valued by employers.”

Many school districts selected for this funding, including Long Beach, are already implementing the Linked Learning approach, and the latest funds will help to augment those efforts.

Linked Learning and California’s investment in this approach are gaining national recognition.  Last November at  the White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools, the White House highlighted Linked Learning as a strategy for reinventing the high school experience.

In March, the State Board of Education is expected to announce a second set of grantees for the CTE Incentive Grant.

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