Career Advancement Charter

Career Advancement Charter logoThe Career Advancement Charter’s mission is to provide a premier program for students to obtain a high school diploma with opportunities to acquire academic and technical skills that will lead to college and career readiness.

As part of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, the Career Advancement Charter (CAC) partners with the Workforce Development Board, school districts, and other allies to achieve this mission by engaging students through work-based, relationship-focused, innovative and rigorous learning experiences resulting in graduates who will be “Ready for College and a Career”. The CAC will serve students ages 17 and older who have not yet obtained a high school diploma through programs provided in multiple locations within Santa Cruz County.


The Career Advancement Charter will seek to support students in achieving the following outcomes:

  • Completion of industry certifications
  • Attainment of a high school diploma
  • Successful transition to community college
  • Successful transition to family-sustaining employment

Opening Dates and Locations

The CAC will open in the fall of 2017 at five locations throughout Santa Cruz County. Two of the facilities are in locked facilities (Rountree in Watsonville and the Main Jail in Santa Cruz); two locations are at school sites (Sequoia School and Natural Bridges) that already have facilities for the academic and career technical education programs offered to Alternative Education students; and the fifth location is the County Office of Education where we hope to maintain a centralized intake process as well as potential instructional services. Students who exit the locked facilities will be encouraged to continue their education at our facilities in the community.

The following table identifies our anticipated start dates and locations:

Opening After Location
August 1, 2017 Rountree Facility, 90 Rountree Ln., Watsonville, CA 95076
August 1, 2017 Main Jail Facility, 259 Water St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
August 1, 2017 Santa Cruz County Office of Education, 399 & 400 Encinal St.
September 1, 2017 Sequoia School, 229 Green Valley Rd., Freedom, CA 95019
August 1, 2018 Natural Bridges, 255 Swift St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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