Central Valley Schools Aim to Reduce Poverty Through Job Training
Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado, CalMatters
On a recent school day in Fresno, 17-year-old Fernando Valero repaired a 32,000-pound diesel truck with failed sensors. Then he crawled under another truck before lifting it with a floor jack. The morning school work left his hands black from grease.
And his day is just getting started.
More and more students in the Fresno Unified School District are taking part in career and technical programs, including medical, manufacturing, and heavy-duty trucking. The pathways expose students to real-world industry work, and some, like Valero, are finding jobs while in school.