Pathways Improvement Scope

To ensure equity and provide students with an entryway to trade of interest of students and in-demand employment opportunities, Nueva Vista High School has partnered with Bassett Adult School. Together, we will create a pathway of interest for NVHS students, specifically in industrial and Healthcare trades. BAS has already developed a range of Career Technical Educational Pathways, and NVHS will collaborate with them to offer introductory courses in these two areas.

Students interested in learning about industrial trades will be able to explore four areas: Electrical, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), Appliance Repair, and Plumbing. Similarly, those interested in Healthcare can explore four areas: Medical Coding, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapy, and Certified Nursing Assistant. These various pathways offer students the chance to pursue further certification at Basset Adult School or explore different programs offered by the Community College.

Current educational partners at Bassett Adult School, Bassett Unified School District, and Nueva Vista have identified a need for a College and Career Advisor. The Advisor would support the students in their entryways, provide additional exposure to guest speakers in the related fields, reach out to the community to expand our advisory committee and work with our Community College, Mt.SAC, and other related tasks to support the students of NVHS. In addition, the Advisor would also work closely with other inner-district partners to support sustained CTE growth and development for the district.

Goals & Priorities

Nueva Vista High School (NVHS) has partnered with Bassett Adult School (BAS) to offer eight introductory courses in two high-demand sectors: “Energy, Construction & Utilities” and “Health Care/Health Services”. Qualified CTE instructors will teach these courses and are in line with LARC’s regional labor market analysis. Students interested in industrial trades can choose from four areas of study: Electrical, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), Appliance Repair, and Plumbing. Those interested in Healthcare can choose from four areas: Medical Coding, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapy, and Certified Nursing Assistant. Students can earn OSHA 10, OSHA 10 Healthcare, and CPR certification depending on their chosen course of study. Each course will be nine weeks long, with one hour of class time per day, four days per week. This schedule is designed to align with the NVHS academic calendar based on the quarter system. Enrollment in the program may vary throughout the year, but students can join at the start of a quarter or semester. Students who begin later in the year may only be able to complete some of the four courses, but the quarterly structure of the program allows them to participate in some courses. Returning students can take courses related to the second sector in their second year. Exposure to the introductory courses will aid students in planning their future, achieving higher wages, and obtaining trade skills in high-demand job sectors.

Starting in the fourth quarter of March 2024, NVHS and BAS will have a “soft start” by offering students the chance to take one of two introductory courses. The “soft start” will let us evaluate the program and make any necessary changes before the following school year in Fall 2024. All students will participate in the exploratory courses.

The College and Career Advisor will help students plan for their future after high school, in addition to the support provided by the Academic Counselor. The Advisor will meet with all students and use the California College Guidance Initiative platform to assist. Guest speakers from colleges and various job sectors will also offer more information and field trips will be organized. Through partnerships with BAS, BUSD, and Mt. SAC, we will offer an introductory program for high-paying, in-demand jobs that require high skills. The program will be regularly evaluated and discussed for growth and development, including the addition of pathways, dual enrollment, and courses in other high-demand sectors.

The Exploration of Colleges and Careers project is expected to boost graduation rates, decrease chronic absenteeism, and increase enrollment in post-secondary education, such as community colleges, trade schools, and Bassett Adult School. The introductory courses offered through this project will help bridge the equity gap by providing better access to and completion of high-skill, high-paying jobs.

Industry Sector(s) Or Pathway(s)

Building and Construction Trade (CDE) Health Science and Medical Technology (CDE)