State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson to Visit Career Technical Education Programs in Ventura

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 6:22am

You are invited to join State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on his visit to Ventura College on Wednesday, September 3, to meet with students, school administrators, and community partners showcasing career technical education programs.  The Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) is the lead agency for Ventura County (VC) Innovates, a consortium that was awarded $13.2 million under California’s $250 million Career Pathways Trust program, designed to keep students in school and moving toward college and high-demand fields.

VC Innovates is a regional collaborative among the VCCCD, three community colleges, the Ventura County Office of Education, seven school districts representing 15 high schools and three adult schools, and over 50 employers and community partners.  Thirteen pathways, ranging from Agriculture and Natural Resources, to Health Science and Medical Technology, to Transportation, are designed to articulate career-relevant curricula with real-world, industry-based projects for each pathway course.
The visit will begin with a tour of Ventura College classrooms that are implementing VC Innovates curriculum, and will be followed by a panel to discuss the impact of the California Career Pathways grant on the local economy.
September 3 Event Schedule:
  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Meet and Greet at Wright Event Center, Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Tour Foothill High School Biotechnology program (across street from Ventura College Wright Event Center) and then tour Ventura College CNC area to highlight the Biomedical Device Manufacturing Certificate of Achievement (collaboratively offered by Ventura and Moorpark Colleges).  This ties in with the pathways grant as a relevant career pathway from high school to college to employment.
  • 11:15 a.m.-Noon: Panel Discussion