Sonoma Corps

"Gap year" work-readiness program

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Sonoma Corps is a two-year college and career readiness program providing employability skill-building and one-on-one coaching for underserved and under-resourced high school students. The program is designed to help students build a foundation for a successful future through immersive career exploration and development opportunities in addition to a paid internship experience. Upon completion of the internship, participants earn scholarships for use in postsecondary education, inclusive of college, trade school or apprenticeship programs. 

  • Year 1: Students take a Sonoma Corps class during their senior year in high school. Students build employability skills, explore careers, take facility tours, do hands-on projects, and connect with employer partners.

  • Year 2: Following graduation, participants begin a paid gap-year internship with a local employer and earn scholarship funds.

Research indicates that this model improves a student’s ability to persist through college to obtain a degree and boosts employment outcomes, particularly for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. For many students, participation in this program represents an opportunity to break a cycle of generational poverty and create a financially secure future for themselves and their families.

Partners:

Current employer partners include Amy’s Kitchen, Costeaux French Bakery, E. & J. Gallo, Francis Ford Coppola Winery,  Keysight Technologies, Max Machinery, SMART Train, and Straus Family Creamery.

Sonoma Corps was designed in partnership with Sonoma County Economic Development Board, Sonoma County Office of Education, Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa Junior College and Santa Rosa City Schools. 

Watch the Videos Below to Learn More

Inerested in hosting an internship?

The Sonoma Corps program is expanding to impact more students! CTE Foundation is seeking additional employer partners to host gap-year interns.

Your support would be invaluable to the lives of local students while also helping your organization build a workforce pipeline.

Interested in learning more about hosting an internship? Fill out the form below or contact Brandon Jewell directly at bjewell@ctesonomacounty.org or 707-849-7741

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