The program recognizes the work of local government agencies that have implemented innovative policies and programs that “cut through red tape, eliminate barriers to economic growth and open the door to private sector jobs creation.”
Led by OCDE, OC Pathways connects educators and industry leaders to prepare students for high-demand, high-skill and high-wage careers.
OC Pathways, funded in 2014 through a grant from the state Department of Education, now includes more than a dozen school districts and nine community colleges, along with scores of businesses and community groups. These partners develop coursework and work-based learning opportunities that combine rigorous academics with career preparation in the target sectors of health care/biotechnology, engineering/advanced manufacturing and information technology/digital media.
The nomination for the Business Council award is in the Public-Private Partnership category, and the winners will be announced Nov. 28 at the Center Club in Costa Mesa.