Redwood Coast Indian Career pathways is a Demonstration grant funded through the U.S. Department of Education. Our main focus is to ensure that American Indian students are prepared for a career and/or college. This program equips 6th through 12th-grade students with the skills necessary to achieve their post-secondary goals. Our program focuses on three career pathways that are aligned with both tribal and non-tribal careers. The pathways are Early Childhood Education, Natural Resources, and Entrepreneurship. Redwood Coast Indian Career Pathways provides a variety of college and career readiness support for students.
Our program employs three Coordinators and three Instructional Assistants that directly support students in their academic pursuits. The Coordinators are Anthony Trombetti Jenifer Hailey(Jones) and Anthony Ulmer. The Instructional Assistants are Machelle Bates, Olivia Sandoval, and Jennifer Feliciano. They support students through academic interventions, social-emotional support, parent engagement, and college and career readiness activities to successfully transition into college and career preparedness. Guest speakers are brought in to talk to students about career choices. Students are provided with opportunities to participate in career fairs and college tours. Program Staff assists students with applications including college, scholarship, job, co-enrollment, trade skills, and technical schools. Students can also gain assistance with completing their FAFSA and prepare for the SAT and ACT tests.
During the first few months of developing this program, the staff completed multiple intakes for education plans. Multiple students identified the need for having a peer group. As a result, we started the Native American club at Crescent Elk Middle School. Due to the overwhelming participation in peer groups and positive interactions displayed during club activities we have expanded to three additional clubs at Redwood Elementary, Del Norte High, and Margaret Keating Elementary. Each one of these clubs is unique to the student population at their respective schools and are student-driven. Finally, Redwood Coast Indian Career Pathways operates under the Del Norte County Office of Education Superintendent. We strive to expand existing services to meet the needs of the students we serve.
Our partners are Del Norte Schools, the Yurok Tribe, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Resighini Rancheria, Elk Valley Rancheria, and the Northern California Indian Development Council.