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$50M One-Time CTE Enhancement Funds


Governor Brown signed the 2014-15 budget which “provided on a one-time basis to create greater incentive for California Community Colleges to develop, enhance, retool, and expand quality career technical education offerings that build upon existing community college regional capacity to respond to regional labor market needs.” For ease of reference, this money is being called the “$50M CTE Enhancement Fund.” (Click here for full language of the bill.) “Funds may be used for equipment, curriculum development, professional development, and other related costs necessary to develop, enhance, retool, and expand quality career technical education offerings.”

Why Regional?

  • California is driven by regional economies -- with workforce needs that require a regional response from community colleges. With the vast majority of community college students staying in California to work and attending more than one community college, students are better served when more CTE programs are aligned with the economy and coordinated regionally.
  • These funds are intended to further economic development with CTE programming that meet all the following criteria:
    • Be for occupations and sectors that are demonstrated to be in-demand in the regional labor market;
    • Be for occupations for which regional production of employees is insufficient to meet labor market demand; and
    • Demonstrate regional alignment of program and curricula.
  • There are industry match requirements in the use of these state funds.

How to Access the Funds?

  • The seven CTE Regional Consortia have been tasked by budget language to certify applications eligible for cost reimbursement and that close a regional workforce gap.
  • Interested colleges can submit joint or single college application(s) for cost-reimbursement. This online application will be made available in September at earliest.

Give Us Feedback:

  • To answer your questions and also get your feedback in designing the administration of these funds, we scheduled webinar briefings for each of your regions, hosted by the region's CTE Regional Consortia. We are now scheduling periodic Technical Assistance Webinars. Visit the Webinar page to view the schedule and download the webinar presentations.
  • In addition, the Chancellor's Office is organizing briefings with standing leadership bodies in the system to solicit feedback.

FAQs - answers to questions we've received from stakeholders across the state regarding the $50M one-time CTE Enhancement funds.

Resources - find the CTE EF Projected Timeline, Local Share Allocation information and more.

Webinars - download webinar presentations and learn about upcoming webinars.

Local Share Initial Applications – Summary Data (Posted 10/27/14)

Additional Information

  1. CCCCO determines each region’s allocation based on budget law formula.
  2. CCCCO distributes as grants entire regional allocation to 7 Fiscal Agents.
  3. Each region receives 5% of the total allocation for support of programmatic and fiscal work required to administer the CTE Enhancement Fund. Through their Fiscal Agent, each RC will additionally receive a $50,000 allocation to increase capacity to develop effective strategies to utilize the Fund. In regions where the Fiscal Agent for the RC and the Fiscal Agent for CTE Enhancement Fund are different, the RC and the Fiscal Agent for the Fund will reach a mutually acceptable agreement on the division of responsibilities and budget.
  4. Fiscal Agent splits remaining allocation into Local Share (60% of allocation) versus Regional Share (40% of allocation).
  5. LOCAL SHARE:
    a.   Local institutions must self-certify & secure secondary certification from Regional Consortia to qualify for funds.
    b.   Fiscal Agent distributes Local Share as subgrants directly to districts for distribution to their local institutions. Fiscal Agent should specify in the subgrant what the allocation amount is for each college in the recipient district. The Fund does not allow for an indirect by subgrantees.
    c.   Recipient districts must conduct annual audit as required by Contracted District Audit Manual (CDAM).
  6. REGIONAL SHARE:
    a.   Upon certification by Regional Consortia, Fiscal Agent distributes subgrants to awardees.
    b.   The Fund does not allow for an indirect by subgrantees.

The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office