State Superintendent of Public Instruction TomTorlakson says the legislature created the California Career Pathways Trust last summer. It’s intended to pay for programs that provide hands-on training to deserving high school and community college students.
“We want employers to provide these internships and mentorships to be able to go into the real world of work and see what is actually required and what the jobs are,” says Torlakson. “There’s so many new jobs being created.”
School officials say industries like biotech, healthcare and aerospace have complained about a lack of qualified workers. The officials say Pathways Trust grants could be used to prepare part of that future workforce.
Funds from the first of about 40 three-year grants will begin distribution in June. Among other conditions, grant proposals must include a five-year budget plan.
Sacramento State is among three CSU campuses getting a combined total of more than $8 million in federal grants to enhance teacher diversity. The goal is to recruit teachers in Latino, African American and other minority communities.
More California high school students are taking college-level Advanced Placement tests. AP exams are taken each May by high school students who've attended classes that are roughly equivalent to undergraduate college courses.
The California Community College System hopes changing the name of a free tuition program will get more eligible students to take advantage of it.
The Sacramento area unemployment rate increased last month. July's jobless rate was 5.2 percent, up from 4.8 percent in June. Analysts with the state Employment Development Department attribute the increase to seasonal cutbacks at schools.
Some Folsom High School students are planning to launch a high-altitude, helium-filled balloon into the path of the solar eclipse next Monday. The balloon will have four cameras on it.