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MARIN TRADES PROGRAM SEEKS FUNDING, SUPPORT

A construction technology class at Redwood High, one of few career technical education offerings in Marin County. Photo courtesy of Marin County Office of Education

According to the Marin County Office of Education, each year approximately 25% of Marin’s students do not enroll in a college or post-secondary education after graduation. In a 2019 report, the Marin County Civil Grand Jury recognized the successful career technical education programs underway in Marin County schools and recommended that programs be expanded to provide more opportunities for students. These classes focus on careers in the trades and other technical occupations, including automotive, construction, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, welding and more.

   A proposed Marin CTE center would be centrally located on the campus of Terra Linda High in San Rafael. This will increase student access and the variety of available CTE courses, which will be open to all Marin County high school students. Until now, students only have had access to such programs at their home school sites, and for many, class options have been limited. 

   “It’s important to offer these CTE classes to Marin County students.  The new CTE Center will make the classes more accessible to all students countywide,” said Charles Goodman, a longtime supporter of the project.

   Class schedules would be designed to ensure accessibility for students throughout Marin — students will attend their home schools during the day and CTE classes in the early afternoons, evenings and weekends.

   An important focus will be connecting students with post-secondary education and training opportunities. Students will receive college credit while in high school and CTE courses will offer a  gateway into community college certification programs.

   For more information, visit marinschools.org.

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