Career tech fund pledges $500,000 to schools

SANTA ROSA -- More than $500,000 will be allocated over five years to support workforce training programs in Sonoma County schools, with a first round of programs announced today that will receive support from a fund launched last year to promote career skill education in the region.

Initially funded by private donors Tony Crabb and Barbara Grasseschi, owners of Puma Springs Vineyards, and subsequently boosted by financial contributions from the county of Sonoma, the Career Technology Fund will provide between $17,000 and $20,000 to six Sonoma County school districts this year.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors allocated an annual contribution of $50,000 over five years earlier this year, which was equally matched through contributions by the John Jordan Foundation. Operated under the Community Foundation Sonoma County, the fund is seeking an additional $140,000 in private donations this year to further support its activities.

Programs receiving support this year include:Healdsburg Unified School District's Farm to Table programPetaluma Joint Union High School District's Engineering Technology programSanta Rosa City High School District's CTE Project MakeSonoma Valley Unified School District's Engineering Design and Technology Linked Learning PathwayWest Sonoma County Unified High School District's Project MakeWindsor Unified School District's STEM CTE course. The district will also establish a regional MESA program

A committee overseeing the fund is seeking an additional $500,000 over the next five years, with grant applications requested each January and awards in July.


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