Torlakson said the Oxnard Union High School District is leading the state with its career technology education programs that include business, engineering, health science, agriculture, tourism, transportation, among many others.
“It’s connecting young people to their own talents, to their inner strengths, to their aspirations, to their dreams,” he said. “Making that education relevant is what motivates young people to stay the course.”
During his trip to Ventura County, Torlakson visited technology academies at Oxnard Union’s Channel Islands and Oxnard high schools. The district boasts one of 20 statewide “Linked Learning” grants that pair professional experience with career technical education in the classroom.