College of the Canyons has received a $5.5 million grant to create four career pathway programs for high school students, the school announced Thursday.
The grant, awarded through the California Career Pathways Trust program, will enable high school students to earn college credit toward an associate’s degree or industry certificate. The four “Pathway to My Future” programs created will be in advanced manufacturing, computer networking, construction technology and legal studies.
College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita will partner with the nearby William S. Hart Union High School District to offer the career-based training and academic courses to students attending at any of the district’s campuses.
“We are able to provide cutting-edge programs in pathways that lead to competitive careers in Santa Clarita and beyond,” said Vicki Engbrecht, the district’s superintendent, in a statement.
In the last two years, the California Career Pathways Trust program has awarded $500 million in career tech grants to boost technical education for students and prepare them for jobs.
“We’re excited to work with the Hart School District and accomplished experts from our local business community to help students launch careers in high-skill, high-wage and high-growth fields,” said College of the Canyons Chancellor Dianne Van Hook in a statement.