The County of Imperial was awarded an Urban/Rural Opportunities
Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The purpose of the grant is
to integrate and build upon existing school-based and work-based
programs and connecting activities within a comprehensive framework of
a K-16 core career curriculum and five career pathways. Career
exploration, awareness and identification of interests will be
integral project components.
Major program components, which are designed to specifically serve
our high poverty students, include the following:
*A career summer institute for "at risk" junior high
students to better prepare them for high school.
*Connect with One-Stop Centers to provide services to students and
*Intensified instruction to build upon basic skills for students at
all grade levels.
*Implementation of junior achievement to expand the School-to-Career
strand in elementary and junior high school levels.
*Creation of virtual resource centers for on-line sharing of career
*Parent training seminars to build self-esteem.
*Expansion of career pathways at the high school level.
*Incentive programs for students to receive work-based internship
*Staff development training programs designed to build skills in
the integration of vocational and academic skills.