Central Valley gets nearly $1 Million to help kids stay in school
April 27, 2010
• Overall, California to use more than $3 Million for the effort
• ‘A summer program that shows them the vital link between school work and real-life job experience’
More than $3.4 million in federal stimulus money is headed to California to help nearly 1,000 high school students in seven California counties work toward securing long-term productive careers.
Just under $1 million of the total is going to the Central Valley.
“’Bridges to Success’ offers at-risk youth a summer program that shows them the vital link between school work and real-life job experience,” says Victoria Bradshaw, secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency. “The program will provide them with the tools they need to stay in school.”
Local agencies in Merced, Stanislaus, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Diego, Imperial and Los Angeles counties will receive funding for projects designed to help nearly 1,000 at-risk youth understand the link between their school work and real life work, with special emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The youths will learn how to move from paid summer positions to the next steps in education, training and employment experience. Participants will improve the academic skills they need to stay in secondary school and graduate, to achieve recognized certificates, diplomas or degrees, and to be placed in jobs, education or training programs.
In the Central Valley, Stanislaus County is getting $500,000 for its programs and the Merced County Department of Workforce Investment is getting $499,855.