Serving as the lead fiscal agency for Diablo Gateways to Innovation Consortium, the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) was notified on Friday that they would receive $8 million in grant funds requested.
The State’s Career Pathways Trust program is designed to keep students in school and moving them toward these three college and high-demand fields: advanced manufacturing and engineering, information communication technology, and health science.
Grants from the Trust will go toward innovative programs and partnerships linking rigorous academics to career pathways in high-need and high-growth sectors of the economy.
Through curriculum that’s relevant to career interests, students are engaged, less likely to drop out of school, and more prepared for life after graduation. There will also be a significant boost to local, regional, and state economies by providing business and industry with skilled workers.
CCCOE’s Director of Student Programs Janet Haun said that along with the $8 million in grant funds, nearly $27,000,000 in matching funds has been pledged by the Diablo Gateways to Innovation Consortium’s education partners.
In addition, close to $9 million in matching funds were also pledged by the Consortium’s business and community partners.
“The economy is growing in our area, as well as statewide,” said Haun. “But there are not enough educated and trained workers to be able to fill those job opportunities. With this grant, we will be able to strengthen existing programs and create new career and college readiness programs that will lead to high-skilled and high-earning careers.”
The Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Joseph A. Ovick, Ed.D., received a phone call of congratulations from California State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson, thanking him for participating in this unprecedented grant program.
Dr. Ovick said, “We are delighted for all members of our Diablo Gateways to Innovation Consortium to receive this opportunity, and we will work diligently to create a positive impact on our youth and their future.”
The Trust opened up grant proposals in mid January of this year. Officials reported that they received more than 100 eligible applications requesting some $709 million in funding. This one-time, three-year-funded grant selected recipients through a rigorous process that included detailed and thoroughly reviewed applications and panel interviews.
During the upcoming weeks, the CCCOE will be receiving information from the California Department of Education regarding the official grant award notification, payment schedule, and reporting requirements.
Grant recipients will receive 50 percent of their award this year, 35 percent in year two, and 15 percent in year three.
Diablo Gateways to Innovation Consortium for the California Career Pathways Trust grant:
Contra Costa County Office of Education (Lead Fiscal Agency)
Cal State East Bay Gateways STEM Initiative
Contra Costa Community College District
Diablo Valley College
Los Medanos College
Las Positas College
Solano Community College
Antioch Unified School District
Benicia Unified School District
Dublin Unified School District
John Swett Unified School District
Liberty Union High School District
Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
Martinez Unified School District
Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Pittsburg Unified School District
Pleasanton Unified School District
San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Contra Costa County ROP
Community and Business Partners:
Alameda Workforce Investment Board
Workforce Investment Board of Contra Costa County
Lawrence Livermore National Lab
East Bay Economic Development Alliance
Contra Costa Economic Partnership
East Bay Leadership Council
Health Workforce Initiative
Delta Diablo Sanitation District
Antioch Chamber of Commerce
Career Ladders Network
College and Career Academy Support Network
--Info submitted by Jonathan B. Lance of the Contra Costa County Office of Education.