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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: January 5, 2000

Valley High to Host Innovative Work Program

Valley High students will be making extra money while getting a jump on their careers this summer, as a partnership of local educational institutions kicks off a new work experience program at their school.

The program will prepare teens for careers, place them in career-oriented work experiences and encourage them to pursue college degrees. It begins this month with career and college counseling.

The program will draw on the expertise of the California State University, Sacramento Cooperative Education program. Through that program, the largest of its kind in the state, about 600 college students each year earn academic credit while working in jobs related to their major.

"There's a real value in expanding students' experiences, in letting them get a feel for career possibilities and what it really takes to get into certain careers," says Larry Hill, who directs the co-op program at CSUS. "If this is successful, we would like to expand it throughout the region."

The new high school program is one of seven such programs nationwide chosen to receive a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education's National School to Work program. More than 120 Valley High students are expected to take part, with work experience slated for the summer months.

The program is a partnership, led by CSUS, which includes Cosumnes River College, the Elk Grove Unified School District, and local academies including: MESA (Math, Engineering and Science Achievement), AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), Teachers Academy, Health Tech Academy and Collegiate Academy.

More information is available by contacting the CSUS co-op office at (916) 278-7234 or the public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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