Department of Labor Urban/Rural Opportunities Grant

School to Work

County of Imperial, California

Quarterly Report from January 1, 2000 to March 31,2000

 2000Foundation of State School-to-Work System


Our vision for the School-to-Work program 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. Pathways will be supported by an array of business/education partnerships. The pathways and partnerships strategy will fully establish academic/career pathways which link to a core curriculum Career exploration, awareness and identification of interest will be integral project components.

Nature of Collaborative Initiative

Strong collaboration between public and private partnerships is recognized as a strength for our area. Mainly because of the small city/town composition of the County, this characteristic lends itself to establishing active community partnerships. Many partnerships are already in place and a number of collaborative efforts are in existence. These include an Interagency Steering Committee, the Local Coordinating Committee, the Imperial Valley Employer Advisory Council and the Business/Education Workforce Coalition.

Implementing the State School-to-Work System

Programs and Activities

January, 2000

February 2000

March, 2000

Attention to All Learners

The Urban/Rural Opportunities Grant project will allow us to enhance our efforts through the incorporation of support measures which include the following: a continuum of school-based and work-based activities to ensure accessibility for all students; ongoing staff development for the teachers at all four school sites; job shadowing opportunities for teachers, counselors and administrators and curriculum development to promote integration of vocational and academic subject areas.

Our School to Career/Work plan is designed to address the unique characteristics of our high poverty, at-risk students. It promotes the inclusion of all students, college-bound, gifted, talented, disable and out of school, through a relevant and rigorous curriculum tied to high standards.

The Academic Specialist was presented to the School to Career staff on March 3, 2000. She will be working closely with the STC Coordinator and the STC Employer Coordinator to implement the UROG School to Career components.

Policies and Support

School to Career is following procedural standards set by Calexico Unified School District and Heber School District. Paula Wilkerson, the State and Federal Project Director at Calexico Unified School District oversees the work by the School to Career Coordinator, the School to Career Employer Coordinator and the Academic Specialist.

Dr. Gloria Alkire, the Superintendent for Heber School District was appointed to her new position the beginning of March 2000. She will oversee the Heber School District portion of the Urban/Rural Opportunities Grant.

Mary Camacho, the Superintendent of the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program oversees the management and direction of the Urban/Rural Opportunities grant.

Building the Capacity of the System

Edwin Obergfell, the School to Career Coordinator and Deborah Harrold, the School to Career Employer Coordinator have met with staff and community based organizations to garner support for the success of this grant. They plan to continue their efforts to attend meetings, make presentations and be visible in the community and schools so that School to Career will become an integral part of each school site. The Academic Specialist has been meeting with school site coordinators, teachers and administrators to become familiar with the components of the grant and integrate the academic standards with the program.

As of March 31, 2000, Edwin and Deborah have been operating without the assistance of clerical support or staff. However, for the Employer Symposium, Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program and Calexico Unified School District gave staff assistance to help with the event.

Sustaining the State School-to-Work System

System Management

The County of Imperial Administrative Office has the responsibility for the Systems Management of this grant. Therefore, the Project Director, Jennifer Mowbray oversees the fiscal management (with CAO staff member Emma Sanchez) and ensures that the DOL quarterly reports are due by the report due dates.

Evaluation, Feedback, and Continuous Refinement

The schools have been very supportive in our endeavor to incorporate School to Career into their academic and vocational curriculum. The more time we are able to spend in the schools and community, the more we learn about how we can accomplish our own agendas.

Through the School to Career events from January through March, we were able to create and strengthen local partnerships for business/industry, community-based organizations and educators.