Pivot Charter School students will soon have access to expanded Career Technical Education (CTE) course offerings, thanks to $106,000 in grant funding awarded to the four Pivot charter schools through the State’s K12 Strong Workforce Program.
In December 2020, Pivot received notification that all four of its grant applications had been approved for CTE funding for the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years. The grants will fund the development of career-specific programs – or “pathways” – to help Pivot students learn about and prepare for skills-based careers. Pivot North Valley, San Diego and Riverside each received $10,000 for this school year and $10,000 for next year. Pivot North Bay received $23,000 for this year and $23,000 for next year.
“Career Technical Education is an amazing option for some students to help them get excited about their goals and envision getting into particular career fields after high school,” said Pivot Executive Director Jayna Gaskell. “I’m so proud that Pivot competed for and earned the grant funding that will help us get our career pathways really up and running.”
Each of the four grants will provide funding for an industry specialty local to the respective Pivot site. Pivot North Bay and Pivot North Valley will receive funding for the Agriculture Animal Science industry sector, and Pivot Riverside and Pivot San Diego will receive funding for the Business and Marketing industry sector. Initially, Agriculture Animal Science will only be available to Northern California students, and Business and Marketing will only be available to Southern California students. However, Pivot’s goal is to eventually make the pathways available to all students Pivot-wide.
“The collaboration with local organizations and community colleges is part of what makes our CTE programs so special,” said Lindsey Vining, Pivot Charter Schools Director of Systems and Accountability. “We listen to our students, learn what they care about, and then match their interests with local-area industry leaders and community partners.”
Pivot expects to begin applying the funds in January 2021 so students will be able to take advantage of the pathways during the 2020-2021 spring semester. The funds will enable students to gain hands-on experiences tailored to the various career fields, such as industry-specific projects and competitions, career counseling, guest speaker sessions, college tours, and more.