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Dr. Mark Rocha Announces $15 Million Dollar Grant Award to PCC

May 30, 2014



PASADENA, Calif., May 30 -- Pasadena City College issued the following news release:

Dr. Mark Rocha announced today that Pasadena City College is the recipient of a $15 million dollar grant award from the California Department of Education. In July 2013, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill (AB) 86, creating the California Career Pathways Trust. The Trust established a competitive grant program designed to connect businesses, K-12 schools, and community colleges to develop programs that encouraged students to stay in school and seek careers in high-demand fields. Funds in the amount of $250 million dollars were made available to school districts to establish defined career pathway programs that would connect schools, businesses, and community groups.

Pasadena City College acted as the lead school for the Pasadena Area Community College District and established partnerships with other area community college districts to design pathways aligned with high-growth and emerging technical industries. "Our focus was to integrate academics into Career and Technical Education courses. Specifically, we identified the Information, Communication and Technology (ITC) field as an area of tremendous growth and opportunity. This field involves all levels of technology - from taking a simple photograph, website development, film production and the creation of apps for various media platforms," said Salomon Davila, Dean of Career and Technical Education at Pasadena City College. "This grant will allow PCC to provide opportunities for students to create and develop technical skills that can be readily translated into meaningful and productive careers. I am grateful to Dr. Rocha and PCC administrators Dr. Robert Bell and Dr. Robert Miller for their encouragement and support throughout this process" Davila said.

The PCC led consortium included Contra Costa County Office of Education, the Long Beach Community College District, the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Orange County Department of Education, Paramount Academy, Peralta Community College District, Sacramento County Office of Education, Sonoma County Office of Education, Tulare County Office of Education, Ventura County Community College District, and the Victor Valley Community College District.

Dr. Mark Rocha praised the California Career Pathways Trust for investing in students and providing opportunities to integrate academics and career-based learning. "I am especially proud of the leadership of Salomon Davila and his staff for seizing the opportunity to develop industry partnerships that will prepare our students for the 21st century workforce".

As a grant recipient, PCC will receive $15 million dollars over a 5-year period beginning July 1, 2014.

Salomon Davila, Dean of Career and Technical Education pictured above.

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