Lodi Unified School District Launches Historic Pilot Program
District Partners with State Agencies to Provide Central Valley Students with Work-Based Readiness Services
LODI, CA (August 24, 2018)—The Lodi Unified School District (LUSD) is pleased to officially unveil a historic State pilot program with the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and the California Department of Education (CDE). The Lodi Career Connection (LCC) Pilot, in collaboration with DOR and CDE, provides special education students with expanded workplace readiness services.
LCC combines all current LUSD work experience programs into one. Designed to serve students and clients of the San Joaquin Valley District DOR, LCC teaches students the work skills necessary for future jobs, including job exploration and counseling, postsecondary counseling, instruction in self-advocacy, work-based learning experiences, and other employment readiness services.
The goal of the pilot program is to increase the overall number of students that graduate from high school, transition to postsecondary education, and attain industry certificates. Through LCC, students will become employable adults with the ability to earn a livable wage.
The idea for LCC first began with a goal to collaborate and break down agency silos within CDE and DOR through the provision of a system change in the State. The pilot project, the first and only fully integrated program in the State, is a step toward this goal. Five school districts across California were considered for the pilot program and LUSD was selected from among the group.
“LUSD is excited to be selected for this groundbreaking pilot that will focus on special education students. LCC will truly help students transition to the workforce and assist them in earning a livable wage,” shared Jonathan Martin, Administrative Director for the LUSD Special Education Department.
Eventually, LUSD seeks to move toward a one student, one plan program. At this time, each LUSD high school will receive a team of four “work experience” staff members. It is estimated that the three-year pilot will positively impact 1100 students ranging from ages 14 to 21.
About Lodi Unified School District
Lodi Unified School District is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. Home to 49 school sites, LUSD provides high-quality education to a diverse population of 29,000 students. LUSD encompasses more than 350 square miles, including the Cities of Lodi and Stockton as well as the rural communities of Acampo, Clements, Lockeford, Victor, and Woodbridge.