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State schools chief praises Oxnard Union’s career technology education program

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Tom Torlakson, the state schools chief, gets ready to speak at the Tower Club in Oxnard. The Oxnard Union High School District in collaboration with the Ventura County Office of Education put together “Linking Learning with our Business and Community Leaders” program and luncheon. The business and community leaders participated in an interactive electronic polling and round table discussion for preparing the next generation. © Juan Carlo/VC Star

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson met with local education, business and community leaders today to discuss the importance of collaborating across sectors to improve students’ college and career readiness.

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.

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