Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In Case You Missed It, we are sharing a new short documentary from The 74 Million titled “How a California Wine Region Is ‘Growing Futures’ By Turning Vineyards Into State-of-the-Art Classrooms”. It profiles the work of the Growing Futures initiative – a partnership between Lodi Unified, Delta College, and the Lodi Winegrape Commission.

The Growing Futures Initiative is so important to us because we are focused on preparing the youth of our region to do what they love and earn what they need to in adulthood. We believe partnerships and programs like this one are essential to achieving that goal.

This career connected learning program will give students exposure to and experience with some of our region’s largest industries, and provide a realistic pathway for them to pursue careers in viticulture and agriculture if they are interested. In case you missed this too, CBS 13 Sacramento highlighted the partnership and documentary last week.

Prior to the documentary release, we held an event welcoming new Lodi USD Superintendent Neil Young into his new role, and providing a preview of the documentary to our local community. You can see coverage of this event here:

The pilot of this initiative provided students and employers with an internship opportunity this summer, with a goal of both expanding their experiences and participating in a broader career connected learning program across grades as a part of a dual-enrollment curriculum where they can earn college credits while they are in high school.

As Stuart Spencer, Executive Director, Lodi Winegrape Commission, shared: our success and our community’s success depend on growing local talent. Lodi growers and vintners are committed to mentoring, interning, and investing in future generations to sustain our winegrowing community for the long-term health and benefit of the entire region. You can learn more here.

I hope you’ll watch this documentary and share your thoughts with me as we continue growing futures together.