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Career Fair at Juvenile Hall Connects High Risk Students with Opportunities

Event at Youth Detention Facility Provides Employment and Resource Information

Employer representative talks with students

The transition from high school to the real world can be difficult and stressful for many high school students, especially for those considered high risk. On November 29, help came to dozens of students attending the court school program operated by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) inside the Youth Detention Facility.

SCOE and the Sacramento County Probation Department hosted a career and resource fair where students learned what resources, job training, and career opportunities are available to them once they are released from the detention facility.

"This career and resource fair was extraordinary because juvenile court school students typically don't have access to resources like this. Today's event helped acquaint our students with opportunities they never knew were possible," said David W. Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools. "We are grateful to Sacramento County Probation and all the local companies and organizations for their enthusiasm in working with our students."

Students had the chance to meet prospective employers and learn about job-hunting techniques, as well as how to access post-secondary education from the following:

  • Art Institutes/Culinary and Graphic Arts
  • California Academy of Beauty and Cosmetology
  • Job Corps
  • Northern California Construction Training (NCCT)
  • Northern California Valley Sheet Metal Workers Training Center
  • Sacramento City College CalWORKS
  • Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps
  • Sacramento Works One-Stop Career Center
  • SETA/North State Building Industry Foundation
  • U.S. Army
  • WorkAbility at Sacramento City College
  • WyoTech

SCOE provides a junior and senior high school curriculum for students who are detained in facilities that are supervised by the Sacramento County Probation Department. The education programs utilize standards-aligned curriculum and career-technical education to provide relevant learning experiences for students enrolled in the programs. These schools provide the means for students to develop and implement a student success plan for effective living and learning. In partnership with the Sacramento County Probation Department, students are better prepared for the transition to a future without recidivism.

U.S. Army representative talks with students
Employer representative talks with students