State of County Highlights Career Pathways

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Supervisor Lovingood was joined by Sheriff John McMahon, County CEO Gary McBride and County Superintendent of Schools Ted Alejandre at Wednesday’s State of the County presentation. The Victor Valley Chamber event highlighted new career pathways for local students and innovative approaches to combatting crime among other developments.

Supervisor Lovingood touched on his “Made in the High Desert” event at the Fairgrounds that connected local students with local companies offering well-paying careers. “Our mining companies to manufacturing showed living-wage opportunities for these young folks. I have to tell you one thing we hear from the employers is resoundingly, what bright and engaged people we have. What we are producing in our schools … it’s making a difference, folks.” Other highlights included:

GenerationGo! is a new county program to put every youth in a career pathway and provide work-based learning opportunity – including paid internships. The goal is for youth to be co-enrolled in a non-credit work readiness Community College class to develop needed soft skills and a for-credit work experience class. This program is intended to provide a direct pathway from high school to well-paying local jobs.
Sheriff’s Department continues to develop innovative ways to go after gang members. This is in response to Propositions 47, 57 and AB 109 — legislation that decriminalizes many offenses.

A new data-driven program measures the effectiveness of efforts to reduce recidivism among former jail inmates.

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