Through the CA Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) grant, CTE teachers along with core academic teachers have the opportunity to participate in summer externships with local employers and industry members. Teacher "externship" is a type of professional development that allows teachers to learn, through direct experience, the most up-to-date workplace practices, skills and technologies used in industry. Teachers learn information about the trends, skill requirements and career opportunities in industries related to their content area or pathway focus and are then able to bring real examples about the kind of teamwork, planning, decision-making, problem solving, communication and creativity used in the workplace back to their classrooms in order to prepare students for the world they are about to enter.
The following externships are happening this summer:
Elizabeth Hawkins (Biotechnology) & Y Vu (Math) from ACHS with Bio-Rad for 2 weeks
Leauretta Boulding (Medical Science) from NHS with Collabria for 2 days
Mike Cromwell (Culinary) from VHS with Culinary Institute of America for 2 days
Sarah Goff (Culinary) from SHHS with Family Farmers for 4 days