CAJON VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT TEAMS WITH GALLUP, SEES INCREASE IN EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT

Two years ago, the Cajon Valley Union School District enlisted the world-renowned analytics and advisory company Gallup to evaluate corporate culture and employee engagement within the District. This collaboration is in conjunction with Cajon Valley’s aligned purpose and mission to the city of El Cajon’s; to be the best place to live, work, play and raise a family. This mission has led to a school board driven vision of developing happy kids, in healthy relationships on a path to gainful employment. In order to accomplish these goals, the District is focusing on employing adults who are happy, in healthy-relationships, and gainfully employed. 

The importance of culture is widely recognized by organizations, but translating this into action remains a challenge. When Cajon Valley Union School District partnered with Gallup in 2017, the School Board made that decision in order to deploy one of the most influential culture surveys ever created, the Gallup Q12 Employee Engagement Survey.  For a district first established in 1870, this was the first time the district had applied such a highly regarded survey to evaluate organizational culture based on employee engagement. As the largest employer in El Cajon, developing a positive employee culture for employees is a priority. The Deloitte Center for Board Effectiveness points out that, “Culture matters, because a strong, positive corporate culture provides a framework not only for risk mitigation, but also for both short- and long-term value creation.” (Deloitte 2018) 

The Q12 assessment has tracked engagement of more than 35 million employees in 189 different countries and 69 languages. By tracking Q12 results from year to year and developing the right data-based interventions to promote growth, companies can ensure that their workforce is engaged and meeting its potential. By working with Gallup, CVUSD will measure the 12 elements that exist in every high-performing work environment. These 12 elements identified through the Q12 engagement survey represent the factors most powerful in explaining employees’ productive motivations at work. We know that investing in everyday moments and incorporating these engagement needs into our world of work can help provide direction, clarity, encouragement and growth that employees need to perform at their best. 

Engaged employees fuel Cajon Valley and are the basis of the culture CVUSD hopes to create for adults and students alike. According to Gallup, engaged employees are involved in and enthusiastic about their work. They are 100% psychologically committed to their role. They are thrilled at the challenge of their work every day. They are in a role that uses their talents, they know the scope of their job, and they are more likely to look for new and different ways of achieving the outcomes of their role.

Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer for Cajon Valley Union School District, Ed Hidalgo, noted that “The really good thing is we are measuring [engagement], and if we can build happy adults, we hope we will have happier kids.” He also pointed out that the District also measures student engagement through the Gallup student poll and parent engagement through another Gallup poll. Hidalgo was happy to report “In both of those polls we are above the national average. For the parent poll we are almost 2x the national average which is about 39% parents are engaged. Nationally the number is about 20%.” 

The numbers provided by the Gallup Q12 surveys represent more than just a set of data points. CVUSD is working closely with Gallup researchers to continually explore data and meet with employees to understand what the numbers mean and how employee engagement can continue to increase. Hidalgo is pleased to see not only an increase in Gallup survey participation from employees, but also the increase in actual engagement. “In our first year,” Hidalgo explains, “more than 1,498 employees participated in the survey and in the second year, more than 1,650. Employee engagement grew from 38% to 46%. These percentage changes, while seemingly small, represent hundreds of employees shifting to higher levels of engagement and decreasing levels of disengagement.”  

Building an engaged workforce where employees are positive and productive requires people at every level in an organization to take accountability in creating a culture of engagement. According to Gallup, engagement is about providing employees with the direction, clarity, encouragement and growth they need to perform at their best and has linked this to improvements in workers’ health, well-being and personal relationships, among other benefits.  CVUSD sees measuring engagement as a way for our leaders to focus on what employees need for their current and future performance and development goals so we can best serve our community. 

Participating in the Q12 survey is just the beginning of the engagement journey. It’s what we do to make specific, targeted improvements within the workforce that matters most, and the only way to make a sustained impact is to get everyone involved. Starting this fall, Cajon Valley Union School District leaders will evaluate results from the spring Q12 survey and work with team members to identify opportunities to improve engagement throughout each school site and department. CVUSD employees will have any opportunities during the 2019-2020 school year to share their opinions, ideas, and innovations to improve processes and strengthen relationships to build on the engagement conversation. We are excited to begin this movement and continue with our role to help make Cajon Valley the best place to live, work, play and raise a family!

About Cajon Valley Union School District

With roots dating back to 1870, Cajon Valley Union School District focuses on the positivity of each student’s unique strengths, interests, and values. Serving over 60 square miles of San Diego’s East County, Cajon Valley Union School District offers personalized education, with programs that develop students’ interests into goals for a career-minded approach. Visit the district at www.cajonvalley.net and don’t forget to follow CVUSD on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram

Addressing Innovation & Equity in Education and Workforce Development (Repost from blog.vitanavis.com)

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The workforce landscape is constantly evolving whereas our education system has been nearly unchanged for decades.  We all read startling headlines such as Students are being prepared for jobs that no longer exist and wonder, how is it that we can’t seem to catch up? It’s not about lacking passion. The passion is there and we see it day after day in our educators. The problem lies in both knowing what steps to take and then taking real action.

Last week, our team from The Myers-Briggs Company hosted the Florida K2Career Summit at Tallahassee Community College’s Center for Innovation, gathering representatives and leaders from industry, education, and government to address innovation in education and workforce development. Highlights during the summit included Project Success, sponsored by the US Department of Education, aimed at improving institutional performance and student outcomes at Minority Serving Institutions and our K12 partner from Cajon Valley Union School District. With a mission of “Happy kids, healthy relationships, on a path to gainful employment,” the World of Work is the integrated framework for schools in Cajon Valley.

As a group, we spent the Summit articulating the typical student’s “K2Career Journey” and used a graphic illustrator to visualize what we now call the “Education and Workforce Superhighway”. We uncovered several important key findings, starting with the fact that parental engagement and involvement are foundational to student success. Helping them to become more self-aware and understand the value of education as it relates to career pathways for their children is a crucial piece. Among our learnings we realized the following:

  • Education needs to support the knowledge economy of the future by rewarding teachers and students for learning critical thinking, creative processes, and adaptability.
  • We need to support exploration by destigmatizing help-seeking behavior that enables students to access resources, ask questions, be curious, and embrace failure as a key to success.
  • When students understand their personal value and strengths, as well as how they learn, they become empowered to self-advocate through a new sense of agency and ownership over their K2Career journey.
  • We need to help students, parents, and the community envision economic opportunities for their future possible selves, powered by education.

We would like to thank the amazing group of dedicated thought leaders who participated in the summit and we look forward to working towards a better future!

Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), The US Department of Education- Federal Student AidTrellis CompanyCajon Valley Union School DistrictThe Lumina FoundationThe Florida Council of 100, Staff of the Florida House of RepresentativesThe Florida Chamber of CommerceCareerSource FloridaComplete FloridaFlorida Department of Economic OpportunityFlorida School Boards AssociationFlorida Board of Governors and Tallahassee Community College.

 

 

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Cajon Valley Making Smart Investments to Create New Opportunities for Students

Today in Cajon Valley Union School District, campuses are flourishing, students are thriving, and the community is heavily involved in the development of every child’s unique “Strengths, Interests, and Values.”  These changes are all in congruence with Cajon Valley’s greater Vision of creating an educational plane where “Happy Kids are able to develop Healthy Relationships while paving a Path to Gainful Employment.”

The innovative programs and work developed in CVUSD contribute to not only the improvement of the district, but of the entire community, making Cajon Valley “A Great Place to Live, Work, Play, and Raise a Family.”  Cajon Valley is focused on giving the students within their reach the best possible chance at cultivating effective skills for their future career and financial well-being. With crucial investments made towards the brand Cajon Valley Union School District is fostering like the TEDxKids@ElCajon event, the World of Work program, and community-building events, the district has seen 6 straight years of increased enrollment and fiscal stability, a complete anomaly for public school districts in San Diego County and the entire United States. View Cajon Valley’s community-building Flash Mob video here.

While the foundation of our success is and always will be teaching and learning, many of the changes we’ve made in the past few years have come from broadening our leadership team’s focus from traditional administration to running CVUSD as an innovation driven business. In doing so, we’ve seen how investing in brand development and marketing can open new opportunities for student achievement.

Illumina, El Cajon Police Department, Lamb Player Theater, Heartland Fire, Taylor Guitars, SeaWorld, Waste Management, San Diego Parks and Rec, KPBS talks about World of Work.

Cajon Valley has converted our innovations in technology, modern curriculum, and career development into a global brand that has attracted students formerly enrolled in charter schools, private schools, and even neighboring districts. While we have increased our financial investment in this area, the return on that investment has meant more funding and resources to help our students learn and grow.

Here are some highlights on what this means for students in our district:

TEDxKids@ElCajon

TEDxKids@ElCajon is an event affiliated with the popular TED talks and gives the community of El Cajon a platform to share their own ideas, insights, and stories. This event, now held annually, is put on by volunteers, sponsorships, and vendors from the community and from the Cajon Valley Education Foundation. TEDxKids@ElCajon is a community-wide event that unites all stakeholders and celebrates the rich diversity in the East County region of San Diego. The District’s partnerships with the City of El Cajon Recreation Department, Heartland Fire & Rescue, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, the El Cajon Police Department, and local businesses truly make this event a community builder amplifying the “Ideas Worth Spreading” of the El Cajon community. View TEDxKids@ElCajon2019 recap video here.

ASA Grant

With a recent 1.2 million dollar ASA grant to incorporate World of Work into La Mesa-Spring Valley, Vista Unified and the Grossmont Union High School District, Cajon Valley has already recouped the initial investment for the program and stands to bring in additional ongoing revenue as other districts sign on as clients. In fact, ten other districts nationwide have purchased the World of Work curriculum from CVUSD. This new and consistent revenue stream will be used to help the District reinvest in other areas of curriculum, offerings for students, staff development, and attracting and retaining high-quality employees with branding and marketing efforts. View ASA President and CEO Jean Eddy’s visit to CVUSD here.

Gains in Enrollment

Source: California Department of Education Educational Demographics Unit

Teacher Recruitment

Cajon Valley’s reputation has also paid off in the area of human resources.  Applications to teach at CVUSD have flooded in, despite a massive teacher shortage in many areas, and the symbol that Cajon Valley Union School District has become represents a positive future for the community.

The accomplishments of our Business Services team under the direction of Chief Business Officer Scott Buxbaum cannot be underscored. They include 6 straight years of fiscal stability and positive budget certifications from the state and county, growing a healthy budget reserve, and eliminating deficit spending while at the same time adding programs for students and increasing teacher and classified staff salaries. Cajon Valley’s image is now being recognized among elite institutions like Forbes, The Hechinger Report, The Brookings Institute, Getting Smart, and Voice of San Diego. Partnerships and affiliations with organizations TEDx and TED-Ed, the ASU/GSV Summit, Myers-Briggs Corporation, Google, Digital Promise, and the ASA are bringing Cajon Valley to the forefront of the push to modernize education to help more students than just those college-bound for white-collar careers

CVUSD Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer Ed Hidalgo has been invited to speak at conferences like the ASU/GSV Summit and a Brookings Institute conference to share the district’s accomplishments with the world’s leading education and workforce innovators. During the 2019 ASU/GSV Summit, conference participants from around the globe visited CVUSD as part of the summit. These visitors were impressed by the identity Cajon Valley has created as a public school district and a community during their efforts to modernize education and create a curriculum that can be applied to every student. View ASU/GSV X Cajon Valley Tour here.

About Cajon Valley Union School District

With roots dating back to 1870, Cajon Valley Union School District focuses on the positivity of each student’s unique strengths, interests, and values. Serving over 60 square miles of San Diego’s East County, Cajon Valley Union School District offers personalized education, with programs that develop students’ interests into goals for a career-minded approach. Visit the district at www.cajonvalley.net and don’t forget to follow CVUSD on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Welcome Back to School Cajon Valley Style! Community building Flash Mob at Parkway Plaza Mall

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Welcoming staff and students back to school, Several hundred Cajon Valley Union School District employees and students – in partnership with Parkway Plaza, El Cajon Police Department, Heartland Fire & Rescue, and members of surrounding communities including council members from El Cajon, California – convened on August 8, 2019 for a flash mob to music from the hit movie Footloose at Parkway Plaza in El Cajon. Celebrating the new school year and a joint community mission: Making Cajon Valley the “Best place to Live, Work, PLAY, and Raise a Family.” Video shot and produced by https://mediaartscenter.org/

Link to the flash mob at Parkway Plaza (Footloose)

The Cajon Valley School District is committed to making our community the “Best Place to Live, Work, PLAY, and Raise a Family”.  With a Vision of “Happy Kids, Engaged in Healthy Relationships, on a Path to Gainful Employment”, The Cajon Valley Union School District recognizes each student enters our schools with his or her own unique strengths, interests, and values. Our schools offer students personalized programs and opportunities to further develop their strengths and interests into concrete, goals, ideas, and eventually careers that will impact the world.

 

For more information contact:

Howard Shen
Office – 619-590-5823
Cell – 949-554-4921
shenh@cajonvalley.net

Cajon Valley Union School District
750 East Main Street
El Cajon, CA 92020
619.588.3000
www.cajonvalley.net

 

REPOST FROM USD – Importance of Taking Risks Key Message of EDInnovateLive 2019

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Importance of Taking Risks Key Message of EDInnovateLive 2019

From the presidential debate stage to the family dinner table, education is widely held as one of the most important issues for the future.

On July 28-30, the University of San Diego hosted the inaugural event EDInnovateLive 2019, a conference dedicated to improving education through creative thinking and innovation. Local teachers, school administrators and internationally renowned innovators all came together for this three day event to share ideas and build new strategies in hopes of creating an educational system fit to face and embrace new technologies.

The conference featured keynote presentations from Sir Ken Robinson, an author and speaker known well for his TED Talk videos that have been viewed by an estimated 300 million people, and David Burgess, a New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a Pirate. Interactive sessions and classroom style presentations from other educators and innovators were also featured.

Michele Beam ’16 (MEd) — a teacher from the Cajon Valley Union School District — shared her thoughts on the conference at the conclusion of its first day. “It has been awesome so far,” Beam said. “I loved getting to see Sir Ken Robinson speak this morning. This is a great place for us to connect and share our ideas.”

EDInnovateLive 2019 was put on by USD’s Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education. Irwin Jacobs — the center’s main benefactor and co-founder of Qualcomm — made an appearance at the event during a fireside chat. He shared stories of how he started Qualcomm through risk-taking and encouraged all in attendance to do the same in their own educational pursuits.

— Luke Garrett ’20

Video by Luke Garrett

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Why Community College Might Be the Best Path for High School Graduates — but They’ll Never Know It

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Despite a stellar high school record with great grades, Advanced Placement classes and leadership positions on the debate team and in marching band, Jennifer Hernandez was completely unprepared during her senior year to choose a college or even comprehend the jargon that surrounds the application process.

“I did not know where to start,” she said. As a first-generation student living in the Chicago suburb of Rolling Meadows, Illinois, she didn’t have family who could decipher the terminology or take her to visit college campuses. Nor did she get that help from an adviser. Like many high schools around the country, hers did not have enough guidance counselors, she said. And the counselors the school did have were too busy to support students who needed extra help, like her…

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CAJON VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT SELECTED TO HEAD COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM EFFORTS STATEWIDE

Cajon Valley Union School District has been selected as one of six school districts in California  by the statewide Community Engagement Initiative (CEI). This groundbreaking initiative to build resources for more meaningful community engagements in California’s public schools is an integral part of California’s new accountability system called System of Support.

The districts selected will make up the CEI’s Peer Leading and Learning Network which will analyze research and practices involving community engagement to help implement best practices in California schools, districts, and communities. Jan Gustafson-Corea, CEO of the California Association of Bilingual Education, said,  “We are thrilled to learn with these districts what impactful community engagement looks like to bring about the ultimate goal of student success—particularly for communities of linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.”

Cajon Valley Union School District is heavily involved in the El Cajon community, striving to make El Cajon the best place to live, work, and play. Of the many ways CVUSD reaches the community is the support the district gives to refugee students and their families, programs for parents to learn skills to better their own future, and programs like the World of Work which focuses heavily on connecting students to jobs and professionals in their community and surrounding communities.

“The Cajon Valley Union School District is excited to share our success in authentically engaging all families in cultivating ‘Happy kids, engaged in healthy relationships, on a path to gainful employment’ with this network of leaders to advance family engagement across our great state,” said Dr. David Miyashiro, CVUSD Superintendent.

The other districts joining Cajon Valley Union School District in CEI’s Peer Leading and Learning Network are East Side Union High School District, Ontario-Montclair School District, Oxnard School District, Anaheim Union High School District, and Azusa Unified School District. Contact CVUSD’s CEI contact, Sandra Candler, at candlers@cajonvalley.net for more information.

 

About Cajon Valley Union School District

With roots dating back to 1870, Cajon Valley Union School District focuses on the positivity of each student’s unique strengths, interests, and values. Serving over 60 square miles of San Diego’s East County, Cajon Valley Union School District offers personalized education, with programs that develop students’ interests into goals for a career-minded approach. Visit the district at www.cajonvalley.net and don’t forget to follow CVUSD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

CAJON VALLEY’S CHIEF INNOVATION AND ENGAGEMENT OFFICER SPEAKS AT WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE CONFERENCE, HIGHLIGHTS DISTRICT’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS

On May 21, 2019, Cajon Valley Union School District Chief Innovation and Engagement Officer Ed Hidalgo spoke at the Brookings Institution’s Building the Workforce of the Future symposium. At this event, the session Mr. Hidalgo was invited to speak at a session centered around how K-12 education systems can effectively support young people for the future world of work. On this panel, Hidalgo had the opportunity to highlight the specialized curriculum implemented in the Cajon Valley Union School District with the World of Work initiative.

Ed Hidalgo at Brookings Institution

Hidalgo used his time to explain that in his background at Qualcomm hiring more than 20,000 employees from all over the world and some of the finest institutions in the United States, he found many of those employees unable to manage their careers and tell their stories. He saw brilliant minds come to work after a “conveyor belt of education, but [that] cannot articulate who they are, what they want to become, and what [their] workplace strengths, interests, and values are.”

After witnessing this conundrum, Hidalgo had a dream to integrate career development for every child. Born from these experiences and the future-forward mind of CVUSD Superintendent David Miyashiro was the World of Work initiative. During the panel session, Hidalgo described how the World of Work helps educators see the talent every student from every background has in CVUSD. The World of Work helps students discover their talents with plenty of opportunities to build skills to succeed in a career.

With the World of Work initiative, Cajon Valley students are taught daily, throughout each lesson, about careers, job skills, and who they are. They learn to tell their story with the World of Work framework while exploring careers, simulating it with a hands on experience, meeting industry professionals, and then practicing it. A theme at the Workforce of the Future symposium centered around people being confined to the horizon that they see. The World of Work at Cajon Valley broadens the horizon for every student, where Kindergartners talk to engineers, first graders talk to zoologists from Utah, and third graders talk to Imagineers from Disney right in their own classroom!

Cajon Valley Union School District’s implementation of the World of Work was celebrated at the Brookings event, highlighting the efforts of the community to come together and give every child, in every grade, throughout every year an opportunity to see the possibilities of their future. To view the entire session featuring Ed Hidalgo, click here.

About Cajon Valley Union School District

With roots dating back to 1870, Cajon Valley Union School District focuses on the positivity of each student’s unique strengths, interests, and values. Serving over 60 square miles of San Diego’s East County, Cajon Valley Union School District offers personalized education, with programs that develop students’ interests into goals for a career-minded approach. Visit the district at www.cajonvalley.net and don’t forget to follow CVUSD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

CAJON VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT FORMS COMMITTEE TO REFORM EDUCATION AND DELIVER RESULTS


Over the last several years Cajon Valley Union School District has hosted hundreds of visitors ranging from local business owners to leaders from Africa. What attracts these people is the innovations and modern curriculum put into practice at CVUSD. School leaders and teachers in the District are incredibly dedicated to their students and providing them with the best education, and these teachers welcome visitors into their classrooms to show other educators how to get out of the rut they may be stuck in using outdated practices and obsolete curriculum.

In the United States, an estimated 44 million Americans have collectively gained $1.5 trillion in student loan debt and, based on the latest college completion trends, less than 50% of students who start college actually finish with a degree. Yet, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that more than 6.5 millions jobs, many of which do not require a bachelor’s degree but rather other forms of post-secondary learning, remain unfilled because of a burgeoning skills and labor gap.

Cajon Valley Union School District recognized the need for a change in the education system that has stayed stagnant since it was created in 1892 by the Committee of 10. Unrealistic goals and outdated curriculum that focuses on a handful of careers is letting students down, and Cajon Valley is working to end that trend by promoting dignity in all work. Although CVUSD is leading the way in relative, modern education, there is still work to do to ensure that every school and every classroom is transformed for the better to allow every student to reach their highest potential after high school.

In Cajon Valley, literacy, numeracy, language development, and content knowledge are still priority areas, but science and data show that students who are hopeful, engaged, and see the relevance of what they are doing in school towards their future possible careers are significantly better positioned to achieve well-being. That is why Cajon Valley is investing in programs like computer science immersion programs, language immersion, and the World of Work. Programs like these give students opportunities to develop a wide range of skills, leading them to gainful employment in their futures.

Now, Cajon Valley is calling it’s educators to action! The Committee of 10 is long gone, and in its place will stand the Committee of 100 Cajon Valley educators who will help CVUSD administrators finish the work they started in designing a modern K-12 education system that will produce happy kids, engaged in healthy relationships, on a path to gainful employment. For more information on the Committee of 100 or to learn more about how Cajon Valley is making every effort to advance education, please visit https://www.cajonvalley.net/committeeof100.

About Cajon Valley Union School District
With roots dating back to 1870, Cajon Valley Union School District focuses on the positivity of each student’s unique strengths, interests, and values. Serving over 60 square miles of San Diego’s East County, Cajon Valley Union School District offers personalized education, with programs that develop students’ interests into goals for a career-minded approach. Visit the district at www.cajonvalley.net and don’t forget to follow CVUSD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

American Student Assistance Grants $1.2M to Bring World of Work Program to Over 33,000 Students in the San Diego Area

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Thirty-eight schools in Vista Unified, La Mesa-Spring Valley and Grossmont Union school districts to deliver career-focused research-based program

BOSTON – June 4, 2019 – American Student Assistance® (ASA), a national nonprofit, announced today a $1.2 million grant to fund 38 schools in three districts in the San Diego area to participate in the World of Work (WoW) program. WoW was developed in the Cajon Valley Union School District, in partnership with University of San Diego, to provide students in grades K-12 with opportunities to identify their individual strengths, interests and values to explore their career options.

Recipients of the three-year grants from ASA® :

  • Grossmont Union High School: Grades 9-12 across 10 schools, reaching 16,532 students and 962 teachers
  • La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools: Grades TK-8 across 23 schools, reaching 12,100 students and 500 teachers
  • Vista Unified School District: Grades 6-8 across five schools, reaching 4,552 students and 229 teachers

These San Diego-area schools will use the grant funding to implement the WoW program, helping students learn about a variety of career options through hands-on experiences integrated into their regular classroom curriculum. Districts will train teachers to implement the comprehensive, evidenced-based curriculum that includes: virtual field trip opportunities, robust outcomes measurement, and complete online student and teacher resources.

“WoW is well-aligned with ASA’s commitment to helping students explore career options early in their education journey so they can find their paths and plan for their futures,” said Jean Eddy, President and CEO. “We’re delighted to help scale the World of Work initiative in southern California to prepare young people for the important choices they will make after high school.”

WoW has been implemented in 27 schools over the past two years. It has attracted attention worldwide from educators and workforce development professionals who embrace the program’s focus on early exposure and self-awareness aligned to career paths.

“ASA’s mission to help students know themselves, know their options, and make informed decisions to achieve their education and career goals is exactly what the World of Work is designed to do,” said David Miyashiro, Ed.D., Superintendent, Cajon Valley Union School District. “We’ve seen a significant increase in student self-awareness and articulation of possible future selves in relation to career aspirations. This scale-up and research partnership is how we can reverse the trends of $1.5 trillion in student loan debt and the more than 50 percent college dropout rate.” “Our partnership with ASA, and their financial support, will help our students expand understanding of their career strengths and interests,” said Tim Glover, Superintendent, Grossmont Union High School District. “For more than 50 years, Grossmont’s award-winning Career Technical Education programs have provided students valuable knowledge and skills through a variety of instructional and work-based learning activities. The addition of the World of Work curriculum will assist our students to make better informed decisions about their college and career pursuits.”

“We are very excited to partner with ASA and the WoW community in a commitment to more clearly aim the academic journey toward a fulfilling life and career,” said David Feliciano, Superintendent, La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools.

“It is truly an honor for Vista Unified to be included in a project that makes such a deliberate connection between students and career options, with a laser focus on the individual strengths, interests and values of each child,” said Matt Doyle, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Vista Unified School District. “The WoW program is poised to directly take-on and eliminate the opportunity gap many of our students face as they prepare for an increasingly complex world of work.” About American Student Assistance® (ASA) American Student Assistance® (ASA) is a national nonprofit committed to helping kids know themselves, know their options, and make informed choices to achieve their education and career goals. ASA® has a 60-year legacy of working directly with students to increase their access to higher education through loans and financial education. ASA has turned its experience into impactful solutions for kids in middle, high school, and beyond to help them pursue their dreams. To learn more about ASA’s commitment, visit asa.org

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About Cajon Valley Union School District

With roots dating back to 1870, Cajon Valley Union School District focuses on the positivity of each student’s unique strengths, interests, and values. Serving over 60 square miles of San Diego’s East County, Cajon Valley Union School District offers personalized education, with programs that develop students’ interests into goals for a career-minded approach. Visit the district at www.cajonvalley.net and don’t forget to follow CVUSD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.