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Linked Learning” Grants To Push Career Tech In California Schools

Aired 10/28/13 on KPBS News.

California lawmakers and superintendents are touting a new program intended to expand career technical education in high schools and community colleges.

California lawmakers and superintendents are touting a new program intended to expand career technical education in high schools and community colleges.

The goal is to encourage schools to create more career tech opportunities — and encourage businesses to recruit students in those programs for internships and jobs.

Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg pushed to set aside $250 million for this "Linked Learning" program in this year's state budget.

"When you show young people the relationship between that boring subject that they're being required to learn and how it might benefit them in their lives, they come alive," Steinberg said.

The high schools, community colleges and businesses will have to apply for the money through a competitive grant program.

The California Department of Education will lay out the ground rules and formally request applications early next year.

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