“CTE Foundation is uniquely positioned to facilitate and organize the common interests of our business community, school system, county government and families in the effort to align middle school, high school and post-secondary curricula with our county’s anticipated economic growth drivers.”

Paul Zygielbaum, Board of Directors

Industry analysts are forecasting that over 360,000 craft construction professionals will be needed in California by 2019. Yet many students are unaware of the opportunities for high-wage, high-growth employment within the construction industry.

CTE Foundation, Sonoma County Office of Education and North Coast Builders Exchange have developed an innovative program to recruit and train interested students and get them on a path to employment or further training after high school. The North Bay Construction Corps offers a variety of work-based learning activities to facilitate career exploration and to develop a pipeline of work-ready labor force for the industry:

  • Industry-led workshops and certifications
  • Job shadowing
  • On-the-job skill-building
  • Two-week summer Boot Camp
  • Resume building and interview workshop

The competitive program will begin accepting applications for the 2019 North Bay Construction Corps beginning in October 2018, with the program running January through May, and closing with a two-week boot camp in June.

To ensure maximum program relevance, the North Bay Construction Corps requires the active participation of our local Construction industry leaders. To learn more or to become part of the Corps, please contact Amber Figueroa at or 707-755-5722.


ERMSA is an immersive, hands-on summer course held at the SRJC for high school students entering their Junior or Senior year Fall 2019. Students will conduct field experiments, engage in projects to restore natural habitats, and see first-hand how human interactions can have a positive regenerative relationship with the natural world. Participants will earn 3.0 College Credits.

The program will cover a variety of topics such as wildlife conservation and restoration, fire ecology, watershed and wetlands, sustainable ag, land management, forestry, social justice, urban planning, energy, and more. 

Each class will feature at least one site visit to meet with employers and participate in current resource management work. Organizations include: Sonoma Resource Conservation District, Jenner Headlands Preserve, Pepperwood Preserve, Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County Regional Parks, SRJC Shone Farm, Sonoma County Water Agency, Land Paths, Sonoma Land Trust, Laguna de Santa Rosa, and more.

ERMSA begins June 17 and ends July 24. Class schedule: M, T, W 9AM-2PM. Application deadline is Friday March 29, 2019 at 5PM.

To learn more or apply for ERMSA, click here.

In partnership with Sonoma County Office of Education, Sonoma Clean Power, and Switch Electric Vehicles, CTE Foundation lead the effort to distribute a program that applies science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies to the design and assembly of an electric vehicle.

The SWITCH Electric Vehicle Lab is designed to teach the fundamentals of electric vehicle design, manufacture and maintenance while also exposing students to concepts in electricity, alternative fuels, automotive technology, and clean energy generation. The street-legal electric car kit comes with a curriculum that utilizes advanced math, science and team-building exercises that help students not only learn about potential careers in green technology, but also help them learn from failure – a critical skill recognized as a keystone of innovation that’s not often taught in traditional curriculums.

To learn more about this program and how you might participate, please contact CTE Foundation at


The Food & Beverage Manufacturing Careers Summit, hosted by CTE Foundation in partnership with the SRJC and Sonoma County Office of Education, is a day-long event designed to provide opportunities for career exploration, educational assessment, and jobs and skills matching. Students will have an opportunity to connect with industry representatives and experience hands-on industry activities.

Summit activities include:

  • Panel of representatives discussing how and why they entered the food and beverage manufacturing industry.
  • Employerexhibits where students meet employers to learn about the wide variety of careers opportunities within the industry.
  • Hands-on activities at many of the booths to learn about current and future technology and the kind of skills needed to enter the workforce.
  • Discuss the educational pathways to enter the industry with representatives from the SRJC and SSU.

The Summit takes place on April 16, 2019 from 9AM-1PM. To learn more or register for the Summit, click here.


The CTE Foundation has collaborated closely with Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma County Office of Education and health care industry leaders including Kaiser Permanente, St. Joseph Health, Sutter Hospital, Sonoma County Health Services among others to develop a Health Career Academy for high school to explore and train for careers in health and wellness. Together, we have designed a countywide workforce training system to provide a seamless pathway linking high school students with post secondary certification, licensing and/or degrees leading to health careers.  In addition to the technical training and experiential learning benefits, a primary goal of this local training system is to equip students with sound career exploration opportunities to educate them about the variety of career opportunities in health care. The program also assists students with developing long-term career goals and academic planning for achieving these career opportunities.

The pipeline development system, made possible through industry support, (including a $150,000 grant to the Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation from Northern California Kaiser Permanente), consists of two key programs: Regional Health Careers Academy, currently serving 60 students annually and the Summer Health Careers Institute, now serving 40 students annually.  Both are designed to introduce high school students to health care career opportunities through lecture, lab, and fieldwork experiences. Both programs draw students from throughout the county and take place at Santa Rosa Junior College and onsite at the Kaiser Permanente facility.

To learn more about this program and how you might participate, please contact CTE Foundation at or learn more at