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Welcome to the P16 Council

The P-16 Council brings together school districts, institutes of higher education, community organizations, early childhood organizations, businesses, and workforce developers with the goal of raising the academic achievement of all children in Merced County, and closing the achievement gap that separates underrepresented students from their peers. The Council aims to transform local schools and colleges into institutions that establish high standards and mobilize resources to support rigorous curriculum, good teaching practices, assessment, and accountability to meet those standards.

In light of the fact that school experiences have such a dramatic effect on students’ future employability and life success, a major focus of the P-16 Council is to actively integrate businesses and workforce professionals into all Council activities, and to find ways of strengthening the connections between educators and employers to ensure that Merced County students are being adequately prepared for the careers of tomorrow.

Save the Date for the Third Annual K-12 Forum

Merced County Office of Education     632 W. 13th St.   Merced, CA 95341      (209) 381-5904