Tulare, Kings counties win big education grant

The California Career Pathways Trust awarded a grant to the Tulare-Kings Pathways Project on Friday that could be worth up to $15 million, said Robert Herman, spokesman for the Tulare County Office of Education.

Herman said the Tulare-Kings Pathway Project will use the money to strengthen its Linked Learning program, which coordinates school districts, community colleges, nonprofit partners and employers in order to increase student attendance, graduation rates and post-secondary degree completion. The California Career Pathways Trust provides $250 million in grants for projects that promote such partnerships.

Linked Learning students have higher graduation rates, higher test scores and are more likely to enroll in some sort of degree program after high school, Herman said. There are 11 school districts in Tulare and Kings counties that participate in this program.

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