San Joaquin A+ Releases Report on Career Connect Learning Called Better Together

San Joaquin County Employers Are Willing and Ready to Work with Schools to Prepare Students for Careers [Stockton, CA - January 11th, 2024] Today, San Joaquin A+ is announcing the release of a new report titled, Better Together - San Joaquin County Employers Are Willing and Ready to Work with Schools to Prepare Students for Careers. The report shares information learned over six months of surveying and engagement with local employers. SJA+ shares key lessons learned about how school districts and employers can collaborate – and ultimately – serve students better together. “We are so appreciative of all our employers and partners for their participation and engagement through this process,” shared Kai Kung, Co-CEO of San Joaquin A+. “We hope this report provides information, clarity, and a roadmap for other employers who want to support our youth, or for schools who want to know more about how to prepare students for careers.” A few of the key findings from the report include: 100% of employers surveyed believe it is very important for schools to offer opportunities for students to explore careers through internships or paid work opportunities. 81% of employers surveyed ranked “cultivating a pipeline of talent” as the most valuable aspect of a career-connected learning program, with giving back to the community coming in second. 75% of survey respondents are very interested in employing [...]

2024-01-11T16:48:58+00:00January 11th, 2024|Uncategorized|

Announcement: San Joaquin A+ Announces New Co-CEO, Staff Appointments, and Board Member

Kai Kung Moves into Role of Co-CEO, with Lisa Blanco Jimenez Joining the Board of Directors; New Staff Come on Board to Build out Work-Based Learning Capacity Stockton, CA [12/20/23] – Today, San Joaquin A+ (SJA+) is announcing the promotion of COO Kai Kung into the role of Co-CEO, the hiring and promotion of staff members to support the organization's expanded work-based learning experience programs, and the appointment of new board member Lisa Blanco Jimenez. “I am so thrilled to welcome Kai Kung as our new Co-CEO, welcome Lisa to our board, and Shayla and Tony to their new roles that will support us greatly in serving the students and families of San Joaquin County,” shared Don Shalvey, Co-CEO of San Joaquin A+. “Our goal is to create a system of great schools in our county. These new staff and board appointments will help us better collaborate with local families, along with education and workforce partners to prepare students to be successful and responsible citizens.” Kai Kung has served as the COO of San Joaquin A+ since 2020. Prior to his time at SJA+, Kai was a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the K-12 Education Team. Before that, Kai worked on growth strategy at Edmodo, an education technology startup, and spent over seven years at Intel Corporation in Silicon [...]

2023-12-21T16:53:28+00:00December 21st, 2023|Announcements, News, Uncategorized|

Stockton Non-Profit, Community, and Parent Leaders Join Together to Welcome New Superintendent to SUSD

Community Leaders Applaud SUSD School Board for Structured, Transparent, and Inclusive Selection Process in Pursuit of Bringing Stability to the Superintendent Role [June 12, 2023 - Stockton, CA] Stockton community, nonprofit, and parent leaders joined together to congratulate the Stockton Unified School Board on their selection and approval of new superintendent Michelle Rodriguez, and on the structured and inclusive process that led to her selection. Through transparency, two-way communication, and active involvement, the Board majority is empowering the community to actively participate in shaping the future of education in Stockton. “I applaud the new SUSD School Board members for identifying and choosing a new Superintendent using a transparent process,” shared Gracie Madrid, former SUSD Principal and Director of the nonprofit Mexican Heritage Center. “Our district is better when we include community members in important processes like these. This hiring reflects that, and we look forward to learning more about and getting to know the new Superintendent.” The SUSD school board hired the nationally-respected search firm McPherson & Jacobson, LLC in March, after public presentations in February from four firms, including: Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, McPherson & Jacobson, LLC, BWP & Associates, and Leadership Associates. Once hired, the Stockton Unified School District’s board majority embarked on an inclusive process in its search for a new Superintendent, including forming a Superintendent Search Subcommittee and establishing a [...]

2023-06-13T19:29:01+00:00June 13th, 2023|Announcements, News, Uncategorized|

San Joaquin County Child Savings Account Pilot Program Launches for the 2021-22 School Year

Local Organizations and Leaders Come Together to Offer Child Savings Accounts to Local Families and to Share their Joint Commitment to Invest in their Future Success [November 15, 2021] Stockton, CA – Today, local non-profit San Joaquin A+ (SJA+) brought together community leaders, program partners, and parents to commemorate the launch of the San Joaquin County Child Savings Account pilot program, and to share the community’s joint commitment to invest in the successful futures of local children. This event will launch the pilot year of the initiative, which will make the program available to over 2,000 families in the first year to have $750 placed in a savings account for each child, with these investments expected to grow to a minimum of $1,800 when each child in the program turns 18 and graduates high school. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to kick this program off with local families and community partners,” shared Don Shalvey, CEO of San Joaquin A+. “Studies have found that children from low-income backgrounds that have $500 or less in a College Savings Account are three times more likely to attend college and four times more likely to graduate, compared to those with no college savings. This is all about us as a community coming together to support these families, and to show them that we are invested in the future of [...]

2021-11-16T01:27:40+00:00November 16th, 2021|Announcements, News, Press Release, Uncategorized|

Survey: San Joaquin County families are struggling financially amid pandemic

Wes Bowers, Lodi News-Sentinel, Calif. via Yahoo News February 27, 2021·3 min read Feb. 27—STOCKTON — A poll of 500 San Joaquin County residents conducted last month indicates nearly half the families in the region have been hit hard in the pocketbook by the COVID-19 pandemic. The poll was conducted by Change Research and commissioned by San Joaquin County A+, a nonprofit focused on supporting education. Some 535 residents from Stockton, Lodi, Manteca, Tracy and other communities across the county were surveyed for the poll between Feb. 2 and 4, the nonprofit said. According to the poll, 45% of those surveyed said that they or someone in their household have had their working hours reduced since the pandemic began last March. The poll found that the Hispanic community, who have already been identified as most susceptible to the virus, are also the most impacted financially. Of that 45%, the poll found that 53% are Hispanic residents. One third of all surveyed — or 34% — said they live in a household where someone has lost a job. Again, the Hispanic community was impacted the most, as they made up 37% of poll respondents compared to Caucasian households, which accounted for 30%. A fifth of these respondents have been unable to pay rent or mortgages, of whom 29% were Hispanic and 17% were Caucasian. "This data [...]

2021-03-17T15:30:33+00:00March 17th, 2021|Announcements, News, Uncategorized|
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