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NVUSD Mentor Programs are designed to give students a look into what entry level jobs are like in Napa Valley’s key industries. We want students to see what is being offered in terms of not only a job but a potential career in the Valley. These programs are unique in that they are inclusive of all students including those with special needs and those at risk. The programs are designed with key industry partners which are experts in their specific industry to ensure students are getting a real taste of the career.

Current Mentorship Programs

Resorting to Opportunity

A partnership between NVUSD and local Hospitality Resorts. Students spend 8 weeks in a rotation between at least 4 key departments within the resort learning the day to day operations of each area. Each team of students will have a mentor for the rotation who is an expert in the field and is available to answer questions as needed and provide insight on the career trajectory of the positions they are observing. This is designed for students to see if the hospitality/hotel industry is a career of interest.

student in Resorting to Opportunity


Fields of Opportunity
This Program is a partnership between NVUSD and the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, Napa Valley Farm Workers Foundation. This Program was established in 2016 and was the first of the mentorship programs. This program partners with local winery/vineyard management companies to offer students a chance to spend 8 weeks at two different companies  to show all aspects of the Wine Industry. Areas include: viticulture, vineyard operations, mechanics, bottling line, tasting room, HR and more! This Program is great for the student wanting to attend Davis and study viticulture as well as the student who feels a connection to the growing and production side of the industry who is looking to head straight to work after high school or continued education at a local community college.


Napa County Sheriff's Dept

This program is a partnership with the Napa County Sheriff’s Dept and is designed for any student thinking about a career in law enforcement. This program is 10 weeks long and students attend one day a week for 4 hours. Each week students are exposed to a different area of law enforcement. These include: SWAT team, Police, Forensics, Sheriff and much more.

students and sheriff

The NVUSD Internship Program is a structured program between 8-12 weeks in length, consisting of 60 hours of set, scheduled hours of on site career exploration and work learning. Students participate in the program to gain a real perspective of a potential career path prior to making post-secondary educational decisions.

student drawing plans

student in machine shop

student helping with clinical research

students in sheriffs dept internship

Career Days at NVUSD are an important part of career exploration for students at the middle school level. Career days consist of 10-15 employers coming to a middle school to speak to a group of 20-30 students who have signed up to hear from that specific employer. After the employer hits on a few key topics from how they got into the career to what schooling was needed students have the opportunity to ask questions and then last they get the opportunity to participate in a hands on activity to keep the students engaged as well as help them learn more about the career while having fun!   We currently offer career days at 2 of our middle schools.

career presenters

students at career days student doing forensic test

students analyzing a banana

job signs


More Job Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

NVUSD Contact

Amber Cleveland
Work-based Learning Coordinator
Napa Valley Unified School District
(707) 253-3815  x4844


The Napa County Office of Education's College and Career Readiness Department (NCOE CCRD) provides Career and Technical Education (CTE) in multiple industry sectors to high school students across 15 career pathways in NVUSD, Calistoga Joint USD, and St. Helena USD.

These pathways are taught by credentialed teachers with industry experience, and many meet a UC ‘a-g’ requirement. Students have the opportunity to take courses that prepare them for college and career through hands-on instruction by bringing theory and practice together. Many students use the skills developed in CTE courses to obtain employment while furthering their education or pursuing their career goals. 

NCOE Contact

Gillie Miller
Director, College and Career Readiness
Napa County Office of Education
(707) 253-6831