Tri-Valley ROP awarded $5.9 million for CTE

Grant awarded to 39 other California programs

The Tri-Valley Regional Occupation Program (TV-ROP) was awarded $5.9 million for career technical education (CTE) after State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson awarded $244 million in grants to 40 programs that blend academic and CTE, connect employers with schools, and train students for jobs in high-demand fields.

TV-ROP serves all public high schools in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore.

The organization was awarded as a Tri-Valley Educational Collaborative -- with Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore, and Las Positas College -- for the implementation of the second round of Career Pathways Trust (CPT) funding. The fiscal agency is Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District.

Grant recipients are tasked with creating sustained career pathways programs that link businesses, K-12 schools, and community colleges to prepare students for the 21st century workplace.

"We are extremely proud of our collaborative regional efforts that benefit our students in the Tri-Valley," Pleasanton schools superintendent Parvin Ahmadi said in a district statement released last week. "We are grateful for the strong partnership between Dublin, Livermore, ROP and Pleasanton USD."

The grants are provided through the California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) program, which is the largest program of its kind in the nation. CCPT is providing nearly $500 million in career tech grants over a two-year period.

The state legislature created CCPT in 2013 and allocated $250 million for the program in the state's 2013-14 budget. Last year, Torlakson awarded grants to 39 recipients. After seeing the program's popularity, the state received 123 applications requesting $709 million in CCPT grants last year. Lawmakers approved an addition $250 million for this year.

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