San Diego education and government leaders announced Wednesday a $13 million state grant to help prepare students for the high-paying tech jobs of the future.
That grant from the California Department of Education will help train high school and community college students for careers in precision manufacturing, clean energy, life sciences and information technology.
“It’s a win-win for students and business,” said county Superintendent of Schools Randolph Ward, because the preparation would be for “not just jobs, but careers.”
The program will involve 15 school districts, five community college districts and participants in three industry sectors.
Ward, San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten, San Diego Community College District Chancellor Constance Carroll, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and United Way President Kevin Crawford gathered at Kearny Senior High School in Linda Vista to announce the grant.
“The best way to help a San Diego family is to provide them with a job opportunity,” said Faulconer in his comments.
The mayor’s office said San Diego Unified will receive $2.3 million of the grant money. A spokeswoman for the United Way said the nonprofit will help coordinate the work by the various partners.
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