Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Soledad, Salinas Valley Memorial, focus on careers in the health care industry

Soledad Union School District was one of  67 districts in California to earn a $50,000 grant to develop a program to help their high school students advance in their studies.

The money is supposed to help districts establish cutting edge programs to help students develop "21st century skills," State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said.

Soledad applied for two grants, so Assistant Superintendent Jorge Guzman is not sure which one is getting the money: if the district's existing health related career pathway, or the one focused on agricultural industry.

The grant is for planning purposes, and once the planing stage is completed, the district could be eligible to apply for more funds.

Career and technical education is all the rage right now, and  Salinas Valley Memorial Health Care System has also a new program to help young people explore whether there's a future for them in the health care industry.

Salinas Valley Memorial has partnered with Career Exploring, a program to introduce high school and college students to careers through business mentors. Staff and volunteers at SVMHS will serve as mentors and program advisors to students who want to learn about opportunities in the healthcare field through hands-on activities, leadership development programs and community service projects.

The Exploring program at SVMHS will conduct an informational meeting for interested students on Tuesday, January 14 at 5 p.m. To register for this meeting or for more information contact the Volunteer Services Department at 831-755-0772 or

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