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By Jeff Flores, Kern High School District Trustee 

Serving as a Kern High Trustee is a responsibility I take seriously. The lives of our students and the future of our agricultural industry depends on having high-quality schools. I wanted to take some time to fill you in on exciting developments at Kern High. 

Workforce development and the success of our next generation is critical to our businesses and our local economy. This is the reason I am a passionate advocate for expanding career education. The past twenty months have shown us that education is more important than ever. Our ability to provide opportunities for inclusive growth and upward mobility depends on schools that produce graduates who are college and career ready. I thank our local Ag industry for your passion and support for our schools and–most importantly–our students. 

Our district is always looking to Expand Career Education Opportunities where possible. 

We have invested $72 million to open a world-class Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC). The enrolled students have higher job placement after graduation. These students also have improved graduation rates higher than both the district and state average. 

The results speak for themselves; students can participate in more than 40 career education programs, including: 

• Ag/Diesel Mechanics

• Auto Technology

• Bookkeeping & Accounting

• Computer Information Technologies

• Construction Trades

• Cosmetology

• Culinary Arts

• Law Enforcement

• Medical Assistant

• Metal Fabrication

• Robotics

• and Small Business 

to name just some of the innovative course offerings we provide. 

All these career pathways are critical to cultivating the next generation of our agricultural workforce and leaders. Thank you for your passion and support of our schools and your ongoing contributions to Kern County.