Sonoma County students have rewarding careers that strengthen their lives, our community and the economy.
Innovating the education-to-career experience to strengthen economic development and student success.
- Enhance sustainable Career Technical Education programs that align with our community and economic needs through competitive grants.
- Promote Career Technical Education and raise funds from Government, Business, Foundations and Individuals.
- Align Career Technical Education programs driven by the latest economic development data.
- Provide Career Exploration opportunities for middle school students.
- Develop Career Technical Education programs that link High Schools with post-secondary education opportunities.
- Develop Career Technical Education programs that link High Schools with relevant industry opportunities.
- Develop regional training programs for high need areas that engage rural schools and link to post-secondary education.
- Support 21st Century teaching skills.
Established in 2012 by private donors as a Committee Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Sonoma County, the Fund’s intent was to expand and enhance career technical training and work readiness for Sonoma County students. The founders sought to align education with the workforce and economic development needs of the County, and they quickly gained the financial support of the John Jordan Foundation and the County of Sonoma.
In 2013 representatives from local government, business, industry and education formed a Steering Committee to guide the Fund’s growth and Mission delivery. They determined that funding priority would go to establishing CTE programs that align with Sonoma County’s 5 key economic development industries as identified by the Economic Development Board: Advanced Manufacturing (including STEM); Construction/Green Services; Health Care; Agriculture; and Sonoma Wine/Hospitality/Tourism.
Over 4 years of grant-making, the Foundation has granted over $1.34 million to local schools and seeded development of 66 CTE sections across the county, creating career exploration opportunities for as many as 7,200 middle school students, and linking high school students with key career training opportunities. The courses deliver hands-on learning in STEM/Advanced Manufacturing, and Agriculture/Culinary.
In 2014, the Fund became an independent 501(c)3 and named the Career Technical Education Foundation Sonoma County. Since its beginning, the Foundation has generated tremendous support from leaders in industry, education, and the community. Top contributors include: the John Jordan Foundation, the County of Sonoma, Tony Crabb and Barbara Grasseschi, the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation, American Ag Credit, Big John’s Market, Gardenworks Inc., Hotel Healdsburg, Kaiser Permanente, Redwood Credit Union, the Soiland Family Fund, and Herb & Jane Dwight.
CTE FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chief Executive Officer
Olsan Law, Inc.
Sonoma County Alliance
Retired, Redwood Credit Union
Immediate Past Chair
Straus Family Creamery
Sonoma County Office of Education
Puma Springs Vineyards
Tri Counties Bank
Keysight Technologies, Inc.
Keysight Technologies, Inc.
Retired, Sonoma County Office of Education
Harvest Summit/Kilcullen Family Vineyard
Retired, Santa Rosa Junior College
Lisa Wittke Schaffner
The John Jordan Foundation
*Associate Board Member