Building a world-class workforce ecosystem is highest priority for SJVMA. The collaboration between public and private sectors – primarily between government and education with industry – is essential to the success of our future workforce.


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Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board and SlingShot work closely with SJVMA in developing regional workforce resources. SlingShot is a California Workforce Development Board program, managed at the regional level, aimed at accelerating income mobility through the development and support of regional collaboration between industry, education and government.

John Lorance, Manufacturing Recruitment Specialist: jlorance@workforce-connection.com


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The Valley Industrial Partnership was formed as a cooperative effort between Fresno State and a number of local companies. The main goal of the program is to provide a rich, well rounded, educational experience for students majoring in civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering as well as construction management, industrial technology, and computer science. This is done by providing the students an opportunity to work in a real-world environment.

Dr. Brissa Quiroz, Valley Industry Partnership Director: byquiroz@mail.fresnostate.edu


Our Education Partners

SJVMA is working collaboratively with many of our regional education institutions to develop a world-class workforce ecosystem. The partnerships that have been developed are inspiring, and we thank our educators for striving to build relevant and strong curricula to prepare confident, life- and career-ready graduates who are invaluable to the success of the San Joaquin Valley.


Regional High School CTE Programs

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CART's Engineering and Product Development Lab offers students from both Clovis Unified School District and Fresno Unified School District a unique learning experience taught by a team of instructors in a nationally-recognized facility. The Engineering and Product Development Lab works closely with manufacturing industry professionals to ensure the curriculum is relevant for industry workforce needs.


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In addition to Fresno County Office of Education's many Regional Occupational Programs (ROP) focused on manufacturing pathways, the Career Technical Education Charter will open its doors in the Fall of 2018. This groundbreaking new education center will offer an Advanced Manufacturing pathway and enable students the ability to participate in dual enrollment, giving them the opportunity to graduate high school with an Associate's Degree.


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College and Career Readiness Programs

Industry partners are essential to Work Based Learning. Partners play an integral role in providing engaging and relevant experiences for students. They serve as guest speakers, host students on tours of their workplace, offer job shadows and even take on Fresno Unified students as interns. Industry partners also work as advisory committee members who work with teachers to ensure that relevant and current industry themes, trends and skills are being infused in the course curriculum. They help identify workplace competencies that ensure students are able to connect their classroom learning to the world of work.

Do you know a business person who would be willing to help us increase our experiences for our students? Are you a business partner that would like to share your industry with students? Are you interested in building your current workforce and increasing your talent pipeline?

If you would like to get involved, please fill out the Opportunities for Involvement form.

To learn more, please visit our Fresno Unified Partner Page.


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CTE Programs


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College and Career Readiness Programs


Regional College CTE Programs

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CTE Programs


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CTE Programs


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CTE Programs


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Manufacturing Programs


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Skilled Trade Programs


Other Regional CTE Education Programs

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Technical Programs


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