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Work Ready Workshops for Students

The Work-Ready Certificate Program for students is a three-week workshop for 90 minutes each day after school in the Career Center. The program helps students locate job opportunities, learn interview skills and develop a resume. Workshop topics include:


  • Time Management
  • Resume Writing
  • Job Search & Applications
  • Cover Letters
  • Social Media
  • Work Ethic
  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork
  • Dress for Success
  • Interview Techniques
  • Mock Interviews
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The Work-Ready Certificate program is coordinated by the Solano County Office of Education and is offered at three VUSD high schools. VUSD high school students may apply to attend Work-Ready workshops at any location. 

Upcoming Work Ready Certification workshops:

                           Buckingham  Sept. 5-28

                           WCW   Sept. 24-Oct. 11

                           VHS   Oct. 15-Nov. 2


Space is limited. Applications may be downloaded here. Submit applications to the school Career Center. QUESTIONS? Contact Kim Lane for more info at


Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways

VUSD provides students options and support for continued learning and career preparation after graduation. Many CTE pathways result in earned certifications, work experience and CTE distinction at graduation. 

VUSD currently offers CTE pathways in the following fields:

Animal Care and Service,  Automotive Technology,  Biotech,  Building and Construction,   Culinary Arts,  Digital Media,        Engineering and Architecture,  Kinesiology,  Manufacturing and Automation, and Medical Science.


View a complete list of CTE courses available for VUSD students.


Project Inspire Career Events

FOR 10th GRADE STUDENTS: Two hundred seventy five 10th Grade students in Vacaville Unified will job shadow at two businesses of their choice February 2, 2018. The event, named Inspire: Dreams Move Forward, is part of a series of events intended to give students hands-on experience and exposure to a variety of professional fields. Students have the option to visit the following organizations:

  • City of Vacaville Utilities and Northbay Regional Water Treatment (Utilities and Public Services)
  • DesignRx and Solano Community College Biotech (Biotech)
  • Northbay Healthcare and Kaiser (Healthcare)
  • Altec and Synder Manufacturing (Robotics)
  • Meyer Corporation and Jelly Belly (Robotics)
  • 6 Flags (Hospitality, Robotics, Food Services, Animal Care)
  • Embry Riddle and Travis AFB (Public Services)
  • Cal State Maritime (Transportation)
  • Mare Island Dry Dock (Transportation and Maintenance)
  • City of Vacaville Engineering and Cooperate Yard (Engineering and Maintenance)

Exposure to work environments helps 10th grade students get a better understanding of Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways that they may want to explore in high school and beyond.


FOR 8th GRADE STUDENTS: The 2017 Inspire: Dreams Start Now interactive career fair is Tuesday, October 17, 2017. All 8th grade Vacaville Unified students are transported to this event intended to give hands-on experience with a wide variety of career fields. Setting potential career goals in 8th grade helps students become more engaged in their high school curriculum. This engagement leads to greater success in high school, and beyond. Each student takes a pre-assessment to identify their areas of career interest. During the event, business are designated according to areas of interest:

      Mechanical, Public Service & Natural Resources
      Science, Engineering, & Medical Sciences
      Arts & Communication
      Education, Human Services & Medical Services
      Entrepreneurial, Management, Law, & Sales
      Helping Services

Both Inspire events are made possible through partnerships with local Chambers of Commerce, the Solano County Office of Education and countless local businesses and organization supporting this effort.


Questions or more information: 

Kelley Birch, Director of Secondary Education