College & Career Readiness

SAY’s College and Career Readiness Program offers work-based learning programs at high schools in the Santa Rosa City Schools District.

Work-based learning (WBL) is an educational approach that, by design, links learning in the workplace to learning in the classroom to engage students more fully and to intentionally promote their exposure and access to future educational and career opportunities. WBL includes all interactions with employers from career exploration discussions in the classroom to field trips, career mentoring, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experiences.

Evidence suggests that students who engage in experiences that connect school learning to the real world are more likely to stay in school and increases the chances that students will be both college and career ready.

College And Career Hub Hours and Locations:

Alex Welch, Work-based Learning Team Lead

Santa Rosa High School: Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am-3pm

Ridgway High School: Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am-3pm


Gabe Hirsh, Work-based Learning Coordinator

Montgomery High School: Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am-3pm

Elise Allen High School: Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am-3pm


Brianna Marr, Work-based Learning Coordinator

Piner High School: Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am-3pm

Maria Carrillo High School: Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am-3pm


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Gabe Hirsh Work-based Learning Coordinator Work Phone: 707-544-3266 x246
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Brianna Marr Work-based Learning Coordinator Work Phone: 707-544-3266 x246
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Alex Welch Work-based Learning Team Lead Work Phone: 707-800-3961

Businesses are critical to the success of students in our program. Become a business partner today and connect students to careers in your industry.

This program is funded by Santa Rosa City Schools.