Over the past three years, Le Grand Union High School District has actively prospected resources to establish career pathway programs leading to high-wage, high-skill, high-growth jobs in Merced County. The recent CDE announcement of the winners of the California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) Development Grant marked an important step in Le Grand UHSD's efforts to establish career pathways targeting the Health Science and Medical Technology industry sector. Le Grand was one of only eight applicants statewide to secure the CCPT Development Grant and the only Central Valley institution to be awarded funding.
Through Le Grand UHSD's health careers pathway program, students will prepare for healthcare careers and meet the industry's growing demand for highly qualified health professionals. Healthcare practitioner and healthcare support occupations are among the top four occupations projected to have the highest growth rates in Merced County, and Le Grand UHSD's health careers pathway will prepare students for service in their communities.
During the first year of the two-year funding period, Le Grand UHSD will design the health careers pathway program in collaboration with its project partners, which include Merced County Office of Education, three community colleges, four universities, and four healthcare businesses. During the design phase, Le Grand UHSD and its partners will develop a health careers pathway course sequence that includes dual enrollment and credit-by-exam opportunities. Partners will also design a menu of work-based experiences, such as job shadowing, internships, community service learning projects, and mentorships, each of which will be provided through the partnership. The implementation phase will begin at the start of the 2016-17 school year, and Le Grand UHSD expects to enroll 30 freshmen in the health careers pathway program. ERC, an independent evaluation firm, will assist Le Grand UHSD with data management and evaluation, capturing the program's success in meeting target performance measures.