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How can MSCA help you win the California Careers Pathway Trust Grant?

February 25, 2014

Dear Education Leader,

MOUSE Squad of California (MSCA) can help your school district, county education offices, or charter school win part of a $250 million California Careers Pathway Trust Grant! State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the request for applications for programs designed to build seamless pathways between schools, higher education, and careers on January 21, 2014. Applicants for the one-time, competitive grants can include school districts, county education offices, charter schools, and community college districts that apply as a regional or local consortium.

The goal of the Trust Grant is to provide California’s employers with better trained employees in areas of high skill, high need, and high wage professions. MOUSE Squad’s unique program accomplishes this by providing students in grades 4-12 with high-quality STEM education, project-based learning activities and confidence-building experiences. 

Components of MOUSE Squad’s program include: 100 hours of online curriculum aligned to Common Core and Career Tech Ed standards; training and ongoing support to educators; hands-on technology activities and service-learning projects; community and industry volunteer mentors; field trips to local technology companies and interactive venues. Our unique model allows each school to tailor the program to best meet their STEM education and technology needs. 

MOUSE Squad’s curriculum is aligned to Career Tech Ed and national technology and workforce standards and tracks with several of the sixteen standards outlined by the California Department of Education’s Career Technical Education Pathways, including Industrial and Technology Education, Perkins, ROCP, Tech Prep Education, and Work Experience Education. 

MSCA has statewide relationships with businesses, community organizations, and local community/state colleges. We can help you identify and collaborate with local partners to increase your grant participation success.

For more information about the California Careers Pathway Trust, please visit Keep in mind that the Requests for Application must be submitted to the State by March 28, 2014.

For more information please contact:

Crystal Jensen, Ed.D. - MSCA Program/School Relations Manager
Phone: (805) 765-2444

MOUSE Squad of California (MSCA) is a program of Aspiranet, a non-profit organization that provides after- school, Youth Development, and community technology programs, as well as children and family services in California. MSCA is in partnership with MOUSE (Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools & Education), a New York City based non-profit.

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