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February 24, 2012 > Kennedy High receives green planning grant

Kennedy High receives green planning grant

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

John F. Kennedy High School, Fremont is receiving $15,000 in planning grant funds from the state Clean Technology and Renewable Energy California Partnership Academy program (SBX1 1). The funds are being used to plan the Green Technology Academy at Kennedy High in collaboration with the Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program (MVROP) to educate and train students for opportunities in the industry.

"The community support for this type of educational program is tremendous," said Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, who was among those advocating for the program during the grant application process. Wieckowski co-chairs the state Assembly's California Clean Energy Economy Select Committee. "The collaboration among Kennedy High, Mission Valley ROP, labor and the local business community was instrumental in obtaining this planning grant. "It's still in the early stages but the goal is to graduate students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in this expanding field."

"I'm very excited about this new venture and its unlimited opportunities and possibilities for Kennedy High students," Kennedy High Principal Tom Hansen said.

MVROP is collaborating with Kennedy High to share its business and industry advisors, its industry-certified instructor and Construction Technology program to serve as the Career Technical Education (CTE) component for the pathway. MVROP already has a successful working partnership with Kennedy High, providing the CTE capstone course for Kennedy High's Green Ventures Academy.

"Students will benefit from real world learning opportunities through internships, technical lectures from trade experts, job shadowing, hands-on projects and community-based learning," said MVROP Superintendent Pete Murchison.

Further development for the Green Technology Academy will occur during an industry advisory meeting to discuss facilities needs, review curriculum and solidify the unique educational partner relationships that will prepare students for college, the workforce and success in the green labor markets.

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