Preparing Tomorrow's Manufacturing Workforce

SJVMA has become the one-stop-shop for educators to learn about what the industry needs and connect with manufacturers to help design relevant curricula and programs. We work with our manufacturers to provide work-based learning opportunities for students and externships for instructors.


Work-based learning is one of the most important components of building the manufacturing workforce pipeline – with benefits for both the student and the employer.  SJVMA works with our regional educators and students – as well as with workforce re-entry and remediation candidates – and our manufacturing members to help facilitate internships.

Internships are a great way for students to learn about applying their classroom knowledge into real-world skills, and often will be a student’s first exposure to the world of employment. They learn about manufacturing operations as well as the valuable interpersonal skills required for being a part of a team and the responsibilities of employment.

The companies taking on interns have the opportunity to train a student from the bottom up. In many cases, these interns become long term employees of the companies they intern with.

We partner with several different types of organizations to facilitate internships:

    • K-12 – Generally for students in manufacturing-related pathway or ROP programs
    • Community College – Often for skilled trade-related positions
    • University – These are primarily professional level internships for engineering and operations level positions
    • Re-entry or Remediation – Programs through the Workforce Development Board, Veteran’s Administration or criminal justice programs to increase employability of the unemployed or under-employed


Technology is changing the entire manufacturing industry rapidly. The practical application of classroom knowledge is invaluable for instructors also.

We are bringing instructors out of the classroom and onto manufacturing floors to keep them up-to-date on new technologies and operations practices to keep classroom curricula relevant to what companies need.

These externships are generally 40 hours over a couple of weeks with our member manufacturing companies.

If you are an instructor who is interested in coordinating an externship opportunity, please contact Genelle Taylor Kumpe.

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 K-12 CTE Programs


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.


CTE Programs


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 Manufacturingpathway and enable students the ability to participate in dual enrollment, giving them the opportunity to graduate high school with an Associate's Degree.


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.


College and Career Readiness Programs

Regional Community College CTE Programs



CTE Programs


CTE Programs

Career & Technology Center (CTC) Office for Workforce Development

CTE Training Institute


Manufacturing Programs


CTE Programs

The mission of West Hills Colleges' Skilled Trades programs are to prepare students to meet the industrial and business needs of California, today and well into the future.


Skilled Trades

Agriculture Science


Brian Boomer, Dean of Career Technical Education

Career Focused Training

Kris Costa, Dean of Career Technical Education

Westside Institute of Technology (WIT) is a collaborative project of West Hills Community College District and K-12 districts in the areas of Firebaugh-Las Deltas, Golden Plains and Mendota Unified School Districts. The mission of the WIT is to improve the quality of life through quality of work, linking individual learners and employers through regional collaboration between career and technical education and business. The vision states that through WIT, we control our own regional economic destiny by providing a focal point for exceptional career and technical education leading to career choices for highly skilled individuals.

It is very common for employers to require much more from their employees than in years past; this includes greater subject knowledge, advanced computer skills, expanded technical skill-sets, recognized certifications, and the ability to apply higher math and analytical skills to the job. CTE Connect will provide information on available academic and career pathways and programs that can help develop and prepare students to reach their full potential in gaining the advanced technical skill-sets they need while streamlining academic courses in a non-duplicative format. We do this to help YOU meet the technical and educational demands of an ever-changing workplace.

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David Castillo, WIT Director

Regional Technical Education Programs



Technical Programs

Regional University Programs



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:

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