Though he just finished his sophomore year of high school earlier this month, Joshua Carreon is no stranger to college or the workplace beyond.
As part of his coursework at Wonderful Agriculture Career Prep, just north of Bakersfield, he belongs to the school’s agriculture business pathway, an innovative course of study that includes agriculture science and technology in high school, college-level business classes from Bakersfield City College and a paid internship at Olam Farms, an almond grower in the region. He’s also guaranteed a job in one of the region’s agriculture companies when he graduates high school, or after college, if he decides to attend.
“I’m learning about the agriculture industry from people who do this professionally,” he said. “It’s real experience that will lead straight to a job. It’s the best education I can hope for.”
Wonderful Agriculture Career Prep is one of nearly 50 collaboratives across California providing tens of thousands of students with hands-on learning that blends academics with job training in industry sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, construction, engineering, health care, computer science and many other fields where high-paying jobs await.