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Natural Bridges High School/Career Training Center

Address: 313 Swift Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Phone: (831) 457-8254

Fax: (831) 459-9825

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Natural Bridges High School/Career Training Center

Natural Bridges student with tools Natural Bridges High School/Career Training Center is a program for students in grades 10-12 seeking employment training while earning credits toward high school graduation. The program includes training for careers in agriculture, construction, alternative energy, habitat restoration and computers; courses in local ecology, history, economics, as well as other graduation requirements; and instruction in written and spoken communication, presentation and leadership skills.

Students Gain:

  • Knowledge about environmental issues and solutions
  • Employment skills training and internships in growing green careers to increase employability.
  • Instruction in written and spoken communication, presentations, and leadership skills to encourage participation in local community decisions
  • Education in local ecology, local history, local economics as well as other high school graduation requirements
  • Information about post secondary educational programs and options, as well as assistance in designing a career plan for the future

Natural Bridges students are enrolled in both Alternative Education and ROP. In addition to taking high school graduation requirements, students will participate in Green Careers and Organic Gardening ROP classes, where they will learn:

  • Monterey Bay ecology and habitat restoration practices
  • Green building technologies, materials and methods
  • Alternative transportation resources and energy sources
  • Natural resource protection including recreation and open space protection
  • Organic gardening, sustainable agriculture and marketing practices
  • Green career information and assistance with enrollment in post secondary programs
Natural Bridges High School map


  • From the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, turn right on River Street and make right turn onto Highway 1 North
  • Follow Highway 1 North to the stop light and make a right turn onto Mission Street/Hwy 1.
  • Take Mission Street out to Swift Street and make a left turn on Swift Street.
  • Go through one stop sign and the school will be on your right.

In addition to their work in the classroom, students will listen to guest speakers, be taken on field trips, be involved in community service projects, and participate in short and long-term internships in green businesses and agencies.

Career education and work experience are important parts of the program. Students will develop an employment portfolio including documentation of their internships and field placements, resume and letters of recommendation.

Students will also be taught public speaking skills, computer skills and leadership skills to allow them to better participate in local conservation efforts.

“ When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world”
--John Muir

Expected Schoolwide Learning Results
SCCOE Alternative Education will prepare its graduates to be:

  1. Academic Achievers
  2. Problem Solvers
  3. Effective Communicators
  4. Collaborative Workers
  5. Responsible Community Members
  6. Productive, Self-directed Adults

Also visit the Alternative Education Programs Career Center.

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