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Jami Larson
Categorical Programs Team
Jami Larson - Director of Categorical Programs
(530) 749-6160
Elizabeth Preston - Administrative Secretary III
(530) 749-6139
Chynna Martinez - Categorical Programs Technician
(530) 749-6917
Amanda Book - Homeless Advocate
 Office - 749-6900   Cell - 682-9494 
Categorical Programs is committed to the District’s mission of providing “each student with the most appropriate educational opportunities in a safe environment”. Our department supports equitable education for all children. We champion programs that provide real results for those students most in need and support educators as they create the best possible learning program for every child. The Categorical Programs Department assists school sites through an array of activities including Career Technical Education (CTE), STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), homeless and foster youth advocacy, and state and federal educational funding through specialized grants.
CTE provides students with academic and technical skills to complement the knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. CTE prepares learners for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context. Foundational to CTE are rigorous program standards that ensure high-quality CTE through a program of study involving a multiyear sequence of courses. Pathways integrate core academic knowledge with technical and occupational skills to provide students with a path to postsecondary education as well as careers.
The Marysville Joint Unified School District offers 16 pathways of study in 8 industry sectors between our two comprehensive high schools - Lindhurst and Marysville. The diverse CTE offerings include courses in Ag and Natural Resources; Arts, Media, and Entertainment; Building and Construction Trades; Business and Finance; Education, Child Development, and Family Services; Health Science and Medical Technology; Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation; and Transportation.
HOPE (Homeless Outreach Program for Education) functions as an advocate for homeless children and youth and their families. Our mission is to remove barriers to education through creative solutions and strategies. We work with school sites to protect the educational rights of students experiencing homelessness allowing them to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school. Through grant funding and generous community support, we provide school supplies, clothes, shoes, and hygiene items. We arrange for home to school transportation and refer families to community health, mental health, dental, and other health and welfare services. Our HOPE Program is connected to an extensive community network through the Yuba-Sutter Homeless Consortium and Displaced Youth Multidisciplinary Team. 
State and Federal Educational Funding 
Our office manages federal funding to support effective, evidence-based educational strategies that close the achievement gap and enable students to meet the state’s challenging academic standards, increase schools’ capacity to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, and improve conditions for student learning. Restricted state and federal funding comes with a host of requirements. We navigate compliance to safeguard the funds.
Thank you for visiting our website. Please don’t hesitate to contact us regarding any questions you may have. 
Best regards,
Jami Larson
Director of Categorical Programs