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Release: Career Pipeline Program Caters to H.S. Students

New Approach Tackles Teacher Shortage and Student Mental Health Crisis

SCOE Press Release

Contact: Xanthi Soriano, Executive Director, Communications
Phone: (279) 789-1601 • Email:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 14, 2023


Sacramento, CA—The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) debuts its Career Pipeline program with the launch of a new online microsite. Career Pipeline is an innovative workforce development program specifically developed to grow a new generation of motivated mental health professionals and educators. Using a multilayered approach, Career Pipeline provides the expertise and infrastructure needed to quickly create a wide variety of educator and mental health staff training programs. Many programs offer paid internships, tuition grants, and/or immediate job placement while in training. Enrolled students are also provided with guidance support as needed to ensure successful completion and placement.  

“It is imperative that we do everything we can to help students feel safe socially, emotionally, and physically in order for them to learn and grow,” stated Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools, David W. Gordon. “Thanks to our strong partnership with Sacramento County Department of Health Services, our School-Based Mental Health and Wellness career pipeline supports our rollout of mental health clinicians, now at 33 schools and heading towards fully serving all schools, which then enables us to provide direct access to the mental health and social-emotional supports our students need to succeed.”

High school students, undergraduates, and graduates are encouraged to inquire using the Career Pipeline’s newly launched microsite intended to attract potential candidates interested in learning more about the two workforce development pathways SCOE is providing—an Education Path and a Mental Health and Wellness Path.

The Education Path offers multiple onramps into education beginning with opportunities for high school students and routes for undergraduates as well as postgraduates who are motivated to serve PreK-12 students.  The Mental Health and Wellness Path offers similar avenues with opportunities for high school students, undergraduates, graduates, and mental health professionals interested in implementing preventative mental health and wellness measures that can help transform schools into centers of wellness.  

The Career Pipeline program begins its high school program with three partner districts: Elk Grove Unified School District, Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Sacramento City Unified School District, and for students attending SCOE schools. This summer, the first-of-its-kind high school program, “Career Paths to Success!” began on June 5, 2023, and is at capacity with 120 local area high school students. The Mental Health and Wellness Path is coordinating with the established Friday Night Live team with a focus on providing peer mentors at schools where a school-based mental health and wellness clinician has already been placed.

The goal is to expand these new types of workplace development programs to all Sacramento Region school district students, and students in neighboring districts, college students pursuing studies in human development, mental health, and education. To learn more, please visit the Career Pipeline microsite at