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Mt. Diablo Unified teachers to shadow Bay Area business leaders as part of innovative career education alliance




Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / mobile: (760) 705-6919


Business & Educators Shadowing for Tomorrow (BEST) event pairs high school teachers with local health, hospitality, finance, marketing, and other industries to enhance career pathway opportunities and instruction


WHAT:  The Business & Educators Shadowing for Tomorrow (BEST) Day, sponsored by John Muir Health in collaboration with the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, and Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD), provides opportunities for Career Technology Education (CTE) teachers at MDUSD high schools to shadow business leaders and experts in a variety of in-demand career industries and fields as part of the District’s commitment to preparing students to compete, contribute, lead, and succeed in the 21st century workplace.


Business partners include:

  • AMF Media Group (marketing and public relations agency)  
  • (marketing and logistics agency)
  • (investment solutions agency)
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories (life science research and education, clinical diagnostics, biopharmaceutical processing, and food science)
  • Clarion Hotel (hospitality holding corporation with more than 6,300 properties worldwide)
  • Contra Costa Transit Authority (county’s transportation sales tax program management and transportation planning))
  • LifeLong Medical (community health center providing health and social services)
  • Red Dog Graphics (full service, family-owned and operated commercial printer)
  • Sutter Health (health system with doctors, hospitals and health care services in more than 100 Northern California communities)
  • Visit Concord (Concord Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) branding)


CTE teacher participants will represent the following schools:

  • College Park High School
  • Concord High School
  • Horizons/Prospect Alt Ed
  • Mt. Diablo High School
  • Northgate High School
  • Olympic High School
  • Ygnacio Valley High School


WHERE:  John Muir Medical Center, 2540 East St., Concord, 94520, Concord I and Concord II conference rooms (view floor plan)


WHEN:  Tuesday, February 6, 2018. All participants will meet for program overview and breakfast at John Muir, dismiss for shadowing, and reconvene at 1 p.m. for debrief and sharing-out.



Career and technical education (CTE) can benefit students directly by providing earning advantages before and after graduation. Extensive research points to CTE experiences as essential to motivate students to get involved in their learning by engaging them in problem-solving activities that construct knowledge and by providing hands-on activities that enable them to apply knowledge; bring students and adults together in a setting of collaborative learning; and offer opportunities for students to interact with community members, potential employers, and students and teachers who share similar career/vocational interests.


The BEST day, now in its twenty-first year, will include the following agenda:


8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

  • Sharon Jenkins, Director of Corporate Health, John Muir Health


8:30 a.m. Overview of the Day

  • Heather Fontanilla, Ed.D., Administrator - Career Pathways & Linked Learning, MDUSD
  • April Treece, CCEP, STEM Workforce Initiative


12:30 p.m. Reconvene for Lunch hosted by John Muir Health

  • Nellie Meyer, Ed.D., Superintendent, MDUSD


1:00 p.m. Team Member Debrief & Sharing-out

  • What impact did today’s experience have on you and your pathway?
  • What did you learn that you will take back to the classroom?
  • What are the implications of this experience for your team?
  • What are the next steps for your team?


2:30 p.m. Adjourn

Day-of contact for media will be Heather Fontanilla, Career Pathways & Linked Learning administrator for MDUSD, at (925) 330-1392.



California Department of Education (CDE)

Career Technical Education - https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/


Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Career and Technical Education - http://www.mdusd.org/cte

Academies, CTE Pathways & Courses - http://www.mdusd.org/careeracademics


Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Career and Technical Education in High School: Does it Improve Student Outcomes?  http://edex.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/publication/pdfs/%282016.04.07%29%20Career%20and%20Technical%20Education%20in%20High%20School.pdf






About Mt. Diablo Unified

Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have opened its first International Baccalaureate (IB) program and three new regional magnet programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Efforts are underway to establish the IB program at the middle and elementary school level. MDUSD also expanded its middle college program, College Now, now serving an additional 35 students.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.


Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:2/5/18
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