Apple Valley, Calif. — The Mountain Desert Regional Career and Occupational Pathways Joint Power Authority, also known as the Mountain Desert Career Pathways (MDCP) JPA, welcomed Matt Wells as the organization’s new director on Feb. 5. Wells formerly worked for Snowline Joint Unified School District as the Administrator of Career/Adult Education, where he coordinated Career Technical Education (CTE) for the district and facilitated the opening and day to day operations of the new Snowline Adult School. The 2003 graduate of Pepperdine University previously worked at Snowline as a mathematics teacher, where he helped establish Serrano High School’s engineering and robotics programs.
In his role coordinating CTE at Snowline, Wells gained valuable experience and connections collaborating with coordinators and teachers from around the High Desert on collectively raising the bar for CTE through regional teacher collaborations, regional advisory meetings, the Student Healthcare Internship Pipeline (SHIP) and regional student competitions. It was such experience that made him an excellent candidate for the Director of the MDCP JPA.
“The students in our region represent such an incredible pool of talent,” said Wells. “I’m eager get to work expanding the awareness of that talent and celebrating the deep partnerships that are helping foster career readiness.”
As the new Director of MDCP, Wells will work closely with regional CTE Coordinators, Superintendents, higher education institutions, government, and, most importantly, an expanding network of industry partners to ensure that the region is collectively equipping students of our local high schools and adult schools with the knowledge, skills, and guidance to either successfully enter an industry or take the next step of education needed for a target industry.
Wells said that he looks forward to continuing the work MDCP has been engaged in since its inception three years ago, building regional awareness of the outcomes MDCP endeavors to accomplish, and working closely with stakeholders to ensure local students are ready to engage in the workforce. Wells plans to coordinate a quality multi-industry regional advisory meeting, establish the JPA’s web presence, and build mutually beneficial and ongoing relationships with business and industry across the High Desert.
The MDCP JPA is made up of nine school districts who work together to coordinate with industry, government, and higher education to build better opportunities for the future of the region’s students. The goal of the JPA is to produce educated, informed students with marketable skills and knowledge, who in turn will be able to pour back into industry opportunities that exist in our community and build a strong and desirable workforce. Current members of MDCP JPA are Apple Valley Unified, Baker Valley Unified, Barstow Unified, Hesperia Unified, Lucerne Valley Unified, Silver Valley Unified, Snowline Joint Unified, Trona Joint Unified and Victor Valley Union High School districts.