Program Overview: SB 1070 Career Technical Education Pathways Program
Senate Bill 1070 (Steinberg) extended the Career Technical Education Pathways Program until June 30, 2015. The purpose of the bill is to engage K-16 in improving linkages, increasing readiness of secondary students for postsecondary education, and increasing student success and training in postsecondary education by developing career technical education pathways between high schools and community colleges.
The mission of the Career Technical Education Pathways program is to contribute to California’s job growth and economic vitality through collaboration and articulation between California’s middle and high schools, postsecondary education, and regional business and labor organizations to increase student success in postsecondary education and careers in high growth, high need, or emerging regional economic sectors. Directives set forth in SB 1070 are to increase readiness of middle and high school pupils for postsecondary education and careers in regional economic sectors by:
1. Aligning existing postsecondary technical preparation programs and courses with high school career technical education curriculum to ensure seamless transitions for students.
2. Increasing attainment of industry recognized certificates.
3. Promoting productive partnerships between educational institutions and business and industry to build upon existing regional structures.
4. Promoting and tracking participation of high school and college students in articulated and dual enrolled courses, and the credit awarded.
5. Providing professional development to teachers and faculty.
6. Expanding student’s opportunities in paid or unpaid work experience programs and internships.
7. Successful implementation of the State’s existing career pathways.
8. Validating reliable measures to establish readiness for postsecondary education and career.
The primary objective of this grant is for consortia within regions to develop and implement sustainable policies and infrastructure that result in the measurable and successful transition of CTE students from high schools to postsecondary education and careers.