The Career Technical Education Foundation Sonoma County has launched its newest initiative in partnership with the county’s largest employers and education institutions. The Sonoma Corps is a pilot program recruiting high school students in their senior year to prepare them for a “gap year” work experience internship following graduation.
Beginning in the fall of 2019, up to 20 seniors from Piner High, identified through a competitive application process, will attend semi-weekly classes to develop work-readiness and technical skills, meet employers and explore how personal interests can lead to lucrative careers with Sonoma County employers. Upon graduation, participants will be assigned to a year-long paid internship based on their learning objectives and aligned to economic development needs in the county. After a successful completion of gap-year internships, participants will be awarded scholarships for tuition at a post-secondary institution, preferably into education pathway programs at SRJC and SSU.
Concurrently many high school graduates find themselves unprepared to enter college-financially emotionally and academically-and instead languish in transfer programs with little direction or motivation to persevere in their studies.
For more information, call Kathy Goodacre at 707-708-7081.