Career Technical Education Partnership (CTEP) and Alternative Education Partner with Local Businesses, Community Organizations and Non-Profits to Expand Opportunities for Students

Student participant in Bike Tech at School
Student participant in Bike Tech at School

CTEP has joined forces with Cruzio, the Bicycle Trip and the Watsonville Wetlands Watch to offer unique learning opportunities to students in Santa Cruz County. Local businesses that join with the SCCOE to partner with CTEP on co-funding Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs can have a big impact on students and our community. These businesses have made it possible for CTEP/COE to offer technology rich courses that require expensive equipment and provide unique opportunities for students to gain hands-on skills that can lead to future jobs.

In the case of the CTEP Information Technology class located at Cruzio, the students learn in a state of the art laboratory. The benefit to students is that they are learning from industry experts in an environment where they can apply the instruction they are receiving. This relationship also creates several opportunities for Work Based Learning activities like Internships, Job Shadowing, Externships for teachers and more.

Bobby Richardson, Bike Technology Teacher at Scotts Valley High
Bobby Richardson, Bike Technology Teacher at Scotts Valley High

The nine CTEP Bicycle Technology courses offered at six high schools in the county is a result of the business relationship developed with Project Bike Trip. Project Bike Trip (PBT) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that offers technical training in bicycle mechanics and prepares students for job opportunities in the bicycle industry. Additionally, students are introduced to the bicycle as an alternative source of mainstream transportation, a road to healthy living, and a means for connecting with the outdoors. CTEP and PBT work together to recruit teachers, develop curriculum, provide professional development and organize advisory committee meetings.

The CTEP Green Careers course at Pajaro Valley High School is a product of CTEP’s collaboration with the Watsonville Wetlands Watch. The Watsonville Wetlands Watch advocates for wetland issues, educates elementary, middle, and high school students, restores degraded habitats, preserves what remains whole, and teaches appreciation for the unique beauty and life of the Pajaro Valley wetlands. We have combined resources with a common vision of creating a hands-on learning experience in a living laboratory near the Watsonville Sloughs.

With the relationships CTEP has created with local businesses, CTEP may be well positioned to receive some of the $100 million in competitive grants, announced in November by President Obama, through a program called Youth CareerConnect.

Recent changes in state education funding directly impact CTEP, highlighting even more the importance of these types of partnerships and collaborations. Other local partners with CTEP include Graniterock, Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Sutter Health, and Your Future Is Our Business. Thank you to all of the businesses, community organizations and non-profits that partner with CTEP to provide students with a bridge to future jobs.

Find out more about CTEP Information Technology at Cruzio.

CTEP Green Careers at the Watsonville Wetlands Watch (Watsonville Wetlands Watch Teaches Year-long ”Green Careers” ROP Class at Pajaro Valley High School)

CTEP Bicycle Technology in collaboration with The Bicycle Trip and Bike Tech at School contributor Philanthropist Len Herzenberg and a video about Bike Tech at School

With Haut Surf Shop for community service opportunities

For more information about CTEP (formerly ROP), visit the CTEP web site at http://www.rop.santacruz.k12.ca.us/

Mark Hodges, Director of ROP, and Berri Michel, Owner of the Bicycle Trip
Mark Hodges, Director of CTEP, and Berri Michel, Owner of the Bicycle Trip
Cruzio Building
Cruzio Building 

 

 

Green Careers Class at Ellicott Slough Refuge
Green Careers Class at Ellicott Slough Refuge