The mission of the Schuetz Career Center is to provide vocational education for students in Special Education. Students participating in our program will be provided hands on opportunities to develop a foundation of entry level job skills.
Scheutz Career Center is a vocational training program for juniors and seniors receiving special education services from the Kern High School District. SCC is located at 8600 Shannon Drive Bakersfield, California 93307 next to Golden Valley High School in Southeast Bakersfield. SCC was founded in 2004 and has been continually improving the vocational skill sets offered to students each and every year.
The mission of the Kern High School District is to provide programs and services to allow ALL students to graduate from high school prepared to succeed in the workplace and at the post-secondary level. SCC provides students with opportunities to develop vocational skills to better prepare them for success in the workplace. The mission of the Schuetz Career Center is to provide vocational education for students in Special Education. Students participating in our program will be provided hands on opportunities to develop a foundation of entry level job skills.
The Schuetz Career Center with support from our community partners offers a wide variety of vocational training opportunities on campus and within the community. Each of these opportunities contain the necessary job skills needed to enter the workplace. Our students also have the chance to participate in job fairs which are designed to increase student awareness of employment opportunities including employer requirements.
8600 Shannon Drive
Bakersfield, Ca. 93307
Phone: (661) 827-4800
Fax: (661) 827-4804
Coordinator: Alan Mattlin
Program Specialist: Kellie Mettler
7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Comprehensive Campuses Attending SCC
- Arvin High School
- Del Oro (Starting 8/2023)
- East High School
- Golden Valley High School
- Independence High School
- Mira Monte High School
- Ridgeview High School
- South High School
- Stockdale High School
Students attending SCC have the opportunity to be trained in at least two job areas each school year. Transportation is provided by the Kern High School Transportation Department from the students home school to and from SCC. Upon graduation, a student should be able to focus on two to four potential job possibilities. Two teachers at SCC are dual credentialed with an Educational Specialist Credential and a Career Technical Education Credential.
- Auto/Detailing: provides the student with pre-apprenticeship skills in Auto Body, Vehicle Maintenance and Vehicle Detailing. The program is conducted in an auto shop environment as a production shop in conjunction with classroom presentations. All students will have instruction in shop operations and procedures.
- Custodial: provides students the opportunity to work as part of a team to develop skills necessary to work in the hospitality/custodial maintenance industry. Many local businesses and community members support this program by providing students the opportunity to gain practical hands on experience in a variety of real life working environments.
- Food Services: provides students the opportunity to learn about entry-level positions in the food services industry. Students will be trained to perform an array of tasks needed to function in a restaurant setting. The class will operate as a restaurant three days per week during lunchtime. Students will gain experience in safe practices of food preparation in our industrial kitchen.
- Graphic Arts/Retail: students have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for entry level positions in the retail field. Students will perform a variety of tasks including stocking shelves, building end displays, and providing customer service while maintaining a safe and organized working environment at several local businesses. Students will also learn the technique of screen printing, sublimation, embroidery, merchandising and sales.
- Maintenance & Operations/Welding 1: students have an opportunity to learn how to work effectively with peers, maintain power equipment, and be successful with challenges that arise on the job. Our services include landscaping, gardening, and field painting. The welding program teaches basic welding techniques and work site safety such as: Industry terminology, use of basic tools cutting and grinding, bonding metals using the ARC process, shop procedures, including safety practices, shop discipline, and cleaning/maintenance.
- Wood/Furniture: students participate in building, refinishing, repairing, and reupholstering furniture. The class will also learn how to operate industrial equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
- Students enrolled at SCC are Juniors & Seniors with a current IEP.
- Students are provided the opportunity to earn various certificates to display their skillsets and workplace safety practices prior to stepping into a workplace.
- Students attending SCC have the opportunity to be trained in at least two job areas each school year.
- Students learn the required functional academic skills prior to completing various job tasks.
- Students are provided the opportunity to explore post-secondary education and training options, develop a resume, complete a master job application, and participate in mock interviews.
- Transportation is provided by the Kern High School Transportation Department from the students home school to and from SCC.
The mission of WAI is to promote the involvement of key stakeholders including students, families, educators, employers, and other agencies in planning and implementing an array of services that will culminate in successful student transition to competitive, integrated employment (CIE), lifelong learning and quality of life.
WAI is a state funded school-to-work program that provides comprehensive pre-employment training, employment placement, and follow-up for high school students in special education who are making the transition from school to work.
WAI is designed to promote career awareness and exploration while students complete their high school education program. WAI provides students with opportunities for job shadowing, paid and non-paid work experience, support and guidance from vocational personnel.
The WAI program offers students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) the opportunity to complete their high school education while also obtaining marketable job skills. WAI provides secondary students with an understanding of job seeking and job keeping skills.
Our WAI staff collaborates with over 100 business/community partners to provide subsidized and unsubsidized placements for junior and senior special education students in the community. They also place students in the adult programs that are ready to work independently.
WorkAbility I is funded by a grant from the California Department of Education Special Education Department.
Teacher Coordinator for WorkAbility I
Name: Stacey Bell
Email: [email protected]
Phone #: (661) 827-4800
Jennifer Anderson - Director of Special Education
Jim Bennett - SELPA Director