Expect more Tehama to receive education grant – Red Bluff Daily News

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RED BLUFF – Expect More Tehama is one of five county programs under North State Together at Shasta College to receive a grant under a recently announced state education initiative.

The Department of General Services, Office of Public Schools Building and California Community Colleges Foundation announced the top six awards – totaling $108.6 million – for the Regional Education Collaborative Grants Program K-16, as part of a $250 million investment in Budget 2021 Take Action, according to a news release from Governor Gavin Newsom’s office.

This program is a key part of a statewide strategy to cultivate regional economies, strengthen career education pathways, and ensure that education, job training and work in partnership to provide greater access to education and employment opportunities for all.

Expect More Tehama was founded in 2009 to support education in Tehama County. Goals include increasing the number of high school graduates pursuing higher education and removing barriers to doing so.

“We are creating new regional pipelines – from K-12 schools to higher education to the workforce – for California students who will prepare our children for the jobs of the future in their communities,” the statement said. “This essential collaboration will help close equity gaps and provide more resources to help our students achieve their career goals directly in their own communities.

As communities across the state strive to transform the cradle-to-career public education system — expanding Universal Transitional Kindergarten, expanding after-school programs, and improving access and affordability of colleges – regional collaborations will serve to mobilize action and promote implementation.

Shasta College, as the lead agency representing the Northern California State Economic Recovery Fund region, will receive an $18.13 million award to enable North State Together to expand the reach of its collective impact work across the North State region, adding Lassen, Butte, Sierra, Plumas and Glenn counties to its original five-county network, which included Tehama County, and strengthening partnerships with the College of the Siskiyous, the Butte-Glenn Community College District, Feather River College, California State University, Chico, and the University of California, Davis.

North State Together, a cross-sector group of partners representing education, business, community organizations and local government, works to improve the economic and personal lives of community members who live and work in rural parts of the northern California. It is administered by the Shasta Tehama Trinity Joint Community College District.

Employees participating in the program commit to creating two career paths in the following sectors: health, education, business management, engineering or IT

Collaboratives must also commit to implementing four of the seven recommendations from the Recovery with Equity report to promote student success. The seven recommendations are: Improve the diversity of faculty, staff and administrators; cultivate an inclusive, engaging and equity-focused learning environment; retaining students through inclusive support; provide high-tech, high-touch advice; supporting college readiness and early credit; subsidize internet access for eligible students and improve college affordability.

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