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Overview Video: Sonoma Corps 2-year Gap Program

  In July, a small group of CTE Foundation staff participated in a mini “road show” to celebrate the Sonoma Corps program and present each of the successful graduates with scholarship checks. Ten graduates of the program are receiving a total of $50,000 in scholarship funding for completing the pilot work readiness program which includes a “gap year” internship following high school.

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Teacher Externships: Bridging the gap between education and industry

By Leslie Simmons, Director of Marketing & Communications at CTE Foundation The sun hasn’t yet hit its highest point in the sky as I drive up through the large-scale carport of Virginia Dare Winery (owned by Francis Ford Coppola Winery) on a recent summer day, but it didn’t keep a team of educators from taking advantage of the shade as Miguel Lopez,

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Student Success Story: Kaylie L., Culinary Student at Cloverdale High School

“I’ve always wanted to be a baker,” said Kaylie, so it’s no surprise that she has twice enrolled in the Farm-to-Table Culinary class, one of many funded by CTE Foundation. “I love this class and recommend it for everyone,” said Kaylie, a sophomore at Cloverdale High School. “I like the fact that we cook every week and I learn new and better

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Student Success Story: Brian L., Construction Student

“I promised my parents that I’d find a way to buy a small property and build them a house,” Brian says. “Hopefully in ten years, I can apply all the skills I’m learning here to do that.” Brian graduated from Healdsburg High in Spring 2019 after four years that he says were “a bit insane.” During his first couple of years in

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Confessions of a STEMinist

A message from Community WISE program manager Leslie Simmons I don’t have a background in STEM. In fact, when I was in high school, I thought an engineer was someone who wore blue pinstripes and worked on the railroad. Why, I wondered, did my peers have to go to Cal Poly for this career pursuit? The last math class I took was

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2020: When the Only Certain Thing Has Been Uncertainty

Message from Kathy Goodacre, CEO As 2020 ends, I cannot help but reflect. It’s an annual tradition to look back on accomplishments and set our sights on new goals for the coming year. In considering milestones today, I began by looking back at our January 30 newsletter – released just 10 days after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the United

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Do you know how to juggle?

Message from Brandon Jewell | Director of Industry Engagement “When life gives you lemons, learn to juggle!” When the shelter-in-place order hit last spring, I admit it was difficult for me to understand how best to do my job, which is to connect teachers and their students to local employers to help young people explore and prepare for career opportunities here in Sonoma

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Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation Pivoting to Support Students and Educators Amidst Covid-19

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Santa Rosa, California (April 23, 2020) – With education as we know it flipped upside down, Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation is pivoting to address the challenges that the shelter-in-place order has created for learning. Following extensive conversations with partners and funded programs, CTE Foundation is implementing three initiatives to support students and educators during home-based remote learning.

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Video Spotlight: Costeaux Bakery & Sonoma Corps

Hear from Will Seppi, President and CEO of Costeaux French Bakery, why he has chosen to support career-connected learning opportunities through the Sonoma Corps gap year internship program.