Board honors Santa Ana College’s Kim Mathews with award

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Board of Education presents the "You Are The Advantage" award to Kim Mathews, Director of Special Programs and Career Technical Education at Santa Ana College. From left to right: Judi Carmona, Eric Padget, Kim Mathews, Karin Freeman, Carol Downey, Carrie Buck and Emily Drinkwine.

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the Board of Education recognized Kim Mathews, Director of Special Programs and Career Technical Education at Santa Ana College, with a “You Are The Advantage” award.

Kim was honored for her support of the district’s Career Technical Education (CTE) program, as well as her help with PYLUSD’s applications for two California Career Pathway Trust Grants.

PYLUSD has invested heavily and produced a robust CTE program at all four comprehensive high school sites. Striving to build on successes and improve opportunities for students continues to be a shared goal of the Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Doug Domene.

To that end, staff applied for the first round of the California Career Pathway Trust Grant, and later a second round of the same grant. In round one, PYLUSD was part of the consortium with Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) as the fiscal agent. This successful $15 million dollar grant ($500,000 of which went to PYLUSD CTE programs) continues to support career pathway programs.

More importantly, the application process for round one of the grant helped make a connection with Kim Mathews at Santa Ana College. Kim is smart, personable and has a “gets things done” work ethic. Her knowledge of both the secondary world and community college operations coupled with her ability to act as an effective interpreter between these two worlds has been invaluable in helping ensure PYLUSD’s successful $6 million dollar award for the California Career Pathway Trust Grant Round 2.

Integral to the success of this grant was the district’s ability to prove a strong working relationship with a community college. The grant will provide significant opportunities for PYLUSD and Santa Ana College students in the form of increased articulated courses, new PYLUSD career academies and smoother post-secondary options for our students.

Kim’s spirit of collaboration and desire for educational excellence is indeed worthy of this special recognition from the district.

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