Ford Local Community Involvement

Friends —

When the Ford Motor Company Fund visited the Coachella Valley last November to announce our region’s designation as a Ford Motor Company Fund Career Academy Innovation Community, Bill Delano accompanied the team to film a documentary about Career Academies.

The result is an engaging 7 minute overview of Career Academies and the impressive academic outcomes that they produce. The video is posted on You Tube at the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwDonBg0Zuk —  if you have trouble with the link, go to http://www.youtube.com/ and search “Career Academies.” Take a look!

During Ford’s visit, the California Partnership Academy (CPA) Fall Regional Meeting was hosted by the Palm Springs High School’s Money, Marketing & Management Academy — one of five local CPA programs —  bringing educators from across southern California to meet students & faculty and to observe the program.

Bill attended this meeting and gathered interviews from several participants who tell the story of career academies.

As a result, included among the on-camera interviews are Barbara Weiss from the California Department of Education; Lorett Stagg, English teacher for the MMM Academy; PSUSD School Board Member Justin Blake; CVEP Board Chairman Bob Marra and two very bright and articulate Palm Springs High School academy students.

On a related note, both Coachella Valley Unified School District and Palm Springs Unified School District have launched districtwide Career and Technical Education Advisory Committees. Industry representatives are an important part of both committees, helping to plan the strategic development and assure real-world relevance of local academy programs.

Sheila Thornton, CVEP’s Healthcare Industry Council Coordinator and I participate on both of these committees and are working to connect additional business partners and resources to these programs.

Also, we’re partnering College of the Desert with all three local K-12 districts to convene a colloquium this fall on Basic Skills Course Articulation. This meeting will continue work begun by COD in 2004 and reconnect high school and college faculty by discipline in English, Math and Science to align the programs so that students are well prepared to move into college level work upon completion of high school studies.

Finally, Riverside County’s Workforce Investment Board met this week for a countywide strategic planning session. The end result is that each region of the county has an action plan to identify best practices and further engage business as a meaningful and strategic resource for our K-12 and college education programs.

Riverside County’s Economic Development and Workforce Development agencies have been key partners in CVEP’s Career Pathways Initiative from the start and it is exciting to see countywide enthusiasm for this program of work.

The process continues next Thursday, March 29  from 8:30a.m.-1:30p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center with “Creating 2020 Vision: Bringing the Future Into Focus”– a symposium for Workforce, Economic Development and Education Leaders, hosted by the Riverside County Workforce Development Board, the State of California Employment Development Department and the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. This is Part II of the program and the theme for the day is, “Using Our Vision to Impact Critical Sectors of Our Economy.” An invitation is attached.

Thank you for your continued support of CVEP’s Career Pathways Initiative. We’ll be launching a new website and e-newsletter soon to keep you in the loop.

Your partnership is helping to establish a sustainable, regional system that transforms the way we do education and economic development. By linking valley students to both college and career we are assuring their success in the global economy of the 21st century.

Many thanks to Bill Delano for helping explain “career academies” in language that everyone can understand, and for showcasing our region as a model.

Thanks also to the Ford Motor Company Fund for your support of our progress!

all the best,  Kim

Kim McNulty
Program Manager
CVEP Career Pathways Initiative
44-199 Monroe Street, Suite B
Indio, CA 92201
tel: 760/863-2524
cell: 760-413-5990
email: KMcNultyPS@aol.com


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