Spotlight on Education CTEC at Fairplex in Pomona

Have you ever considered a fairground as a place to go to school? Well that is exactly what has happened in Pomona. A wonderful new program was recently launched at Fairplex which provides Career and Technical Education for high school students and young adults. The CTEC program is one of a kind in Southern California. With resources such as a maintenance yard, gardens, restaurants, pottery kiln, and so many amenities normally used only once per year, the fairgrounds host a perfect setting for hands-on-learning.

I had the privilege of touring the fairgrounds and the facilities and it was very impressive! The Director of Education, Margie Shamblin, and his team have done a great job of bringing this much-needed resource to our region. With the support and backing of Bonita Unified School District, Pomona Unified School District, San Antonio ROP, civic and industry leaders, foundations, and the local communities, CTEC is able to meet the needs of our students.

CTEC’s mission is to provide hands on, high quality career training and technical education that prepares students for long-term, real world success. CTEC’s strategy is to develop career clusters in rapidly growing fields. CTEC is committed to meeting the industry demand for skilled technical career employees in careers such as construction, environmental engineering, fleet maintenance, hospitality, art, journalism, landscape design, and water technology.

With the Career and Technical Education Center working to connect students to growth industries that offer pathways to success, they have the flexibility to change with the needs of the job market. They will continue to offer a core curriculum that introduces students to the workplace and instills a strong work ethic. CTEC’s classroom without walls will remain as dynamic as the world of work to which it is linked.

For more information, please contact Margie Shamblin, Director of Education, at 909-865-4640 or e-mail

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