First Food & Beverage Manufacturing Student/Industry Symposium a Success!

Students Connect with Employees and Hiring Managers to Learn About Career Opportunities

Fifteen food and beverage manufacturers joined CTE Foundation in a first-ever event designed to introduce high school and college students to the wide variety of career paths available in the industry. From production and bottling line design, engineering, and maintenance, to food chemistry, quality control, and product delivery, over 100 participating students learned how their skills and interests could lead to fulfilling jobs right here in Sonoma County.

Straus Family Creamery, E&J Gallo, Whole Foods, Cowgirl Creamery, Petaluma Poultry, and American Ag Credit sponsored the event. Jackson Family Wines brought a mobile bottling line to demonstrate some of the complex machinery required to bring products to market, and the mechanical skills required to operate them.

Check out our video to hear what students have to say about the event and the opportunities they uncovered for themselves.

North Bay Business Journal and Press Democrat were on site to report on events, read the full article here.

Career Technical Education Foundation Celebrates Three Years of Grant Making!

Founders, Board Members and Key Supporters Toast CTE

CTE Foundation celebrated its third year of grant making for career technical education in Sonoma County schools at an event hosted by Kosta Browne Winery and Stark Reality Restaurants. Foundation Board members, partners, and key supporters were all in attendance, as well as some students from CTE funded programs. The Foundation is proud to have granted over $700,000 to Sonoma County schools since its inception in 2012.

Photo of Lori Olson, Brian Olson, and Kathy Goodacre, Executive Director, CTE Foundation

Lori Olson, Brian Olson, and Kathy Goodacre, Executive Director, CTE Foundation

Photo of Jim Kluesener, Calpine Corporation; Brian Ling, Sonoma County Alliance; Danielle Matthews Seperas, Calpine Corporation

Jim Kluesener, Calpine Corporation; Brian Ling, Sonoma County Alliance; Danielle Matthews Seperas, Calpine Corporation

Photo of Quiana Stodder, Student; Casey Shea, Teacher; Cole Spillman, Student; and Mason Hoffman, Student of Analy High School Project Make

Quiana Stodder, Student; Casey Shea, Teacher; Cole Spillman, Student; and Mason Hoffman, Student of Analy High School Project Make

Photo of Stephen Jackson, Sonoma County Office of Education; Lisa Wittke Schaffner, The John Jordan Foundation; Dan Blake, Sonoma County Office of Education

Stephen Jackson, Sonoma County Office of Education; Lisa Wittke Schaffner, The John Jordan Foundation; Dan Blake, Sonoma County Office of Education

Photo of Michelle Zygielbaum; James Gore, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

Michelle Zygielbaum; James Gore, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

Photo of Seth Gallant and David Zimmerman of Stark Reality Restaurants

Seth Gallant and David Zimmerman of Stark Reality Restaurants

Photo of Todd Zwiaska and Veronica King of Bank of Marin

Todd Zwiaska and Veronica King of Bank of Marin