Cayucos Elementary District Receives $46,000  Career and Technical Education Grant

Cayucos, Calif. - December 13, 2023 - Cayucos Elementary School District (CESD) is pleased to announce that the California Department of Education has awarded a Career and Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) to Cayucos School for its Career and Technical Education (CTE) program in the amount of $46,000.  Cayucos School is one of the only elementary districts in the entire State of California that was awarded this educational grant. This grant will help encourage new CTE pathways and activities related to college and career readiness. Funds from the CTEIG will be used to support the growth of high-quality Career and Technical Education in the district. Based on the grant requirements and to ensure program sustainability, the district will allocate funds to student work-based field trips/experiences, classroom equipment, advanced technology, instructional supplies, and teacher professional development. These activities will complement the newly designed project-based electives, visual and performing arts opportunities, Career Week, and 8th-grade mock interviews/portfolios Cayucos School is already implementing. Superintendent Jen Gaviola, “We are thrilled for the opportunity this grant will provide to increase our TK-8 college and career readiness plan, as well as develop a fully articulated Arts, Media, and Entertainment Pathway in partnership with our theatre teacher Ms. Meghan deVos and our local high school feeders. Along with our teachers, school counselor, Tara Walker, Principal Liz Villalobos, San Luis Obispo County CTE consortium, and local industry partners- we are looking forward to our next steps in enhancing our career and college-based activities for all of our students.”

The CTEIG program was established as a state education, economic, and workforce development initiative with the goal of providing students in kindergarten through grade twelve with the knowledge and skills necessary to transition to employment and postsecondary education. This grant is designed to boost and maintain the delivery of existing CTE programs and to create academically rigorous, integrated, sequenced pathways that produce career-ready citizens. CTE courses and pathways provide students with opportunities to experience relevant learning while practicing critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, innovation, teamwork, and communication; all important workplace skills. CESD looks forward to highlighting the positive impact this grant will have on our students.

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