Grand Junction Builds Sustainability into Work-Based Learning Programs

“Every day I’m a part of this environment it makes me happier and more thrilled about my life.”

Kameron Woods, a senior at Grand Junction High School, shared this while participating in Mesa County 51’s work-based learning program. The district’s Career Center encompasses nine fields including culinary, small animals, and healthcare.

Mesa County 51 Schools is building sustainability into their already-strong career-focused programming thanks to the Career Success Program. The program, launched in 2016, provides schools with up to $1,000 in bonus funding when a student either:

  • Earns an industry credential tied to an in-demand job
  • Finishes a rigorous workplace training program tied to key industry needs
  • Successfully completes a Computer Science AP course

Mesa County 51 used to cover the cost of providing credentials for students. Thanks to the Career Success Program, that money now goes back into schools. This helps provide training for educators and increases the number of students who can participate. Local industry also plays a role, supporting programming and informing the district of the knowledge and skills they’re looking for in students.

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