New Program Will Expand Career Pathways Network to Serve Up to 100,000 Students

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors recently cleared the way for the county’s Workforce Development Board to partner with school districts, colleges, and other community stakeholders to develop, expand, and support career pathway programs. Career pathway programs are designed to help students and young adults throughout the County prepare for opportunities in growth industries. The program is an innovative new effort that aligns education, training strategies, and supportive services.

Among the goals of the Career Pathways Compact is assuring that graduating students are able to either enter their career field, gain acceptance into college or vocational program, or become a registered apprentice. Participating students are co-enrolled in community college and will earn college credits.

“Career pathways are an integral component of our Countywide Vision and our commitment to economic prosperity by connecting businesses with a qualified workforce,” said Supervisor Lovingood. “Many of these students are being exposed to career opportunities they never imagined possible, and in the process are receiving hands-on training and certification they can use to obtain employment. It’s a win for them and for businesses in need of trained and qualified workers.”

Scaled up to all 33 school districts in the county, the program could serve 100,000 students each year.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Development Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.sbcounty.gov/workforce. Also follow on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCountyWDB; Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/sanbernardinocountywdb; and YouTube https://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB.

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