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What is K12 Strong Workforce Program?

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), in partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE), is pleased to announce the K12 Strong Workforce Program (K12 SWP). Beginning in 2018-2019, Education Code §§ 88827 establishes the kindergarten through 12th grade component of the Strong Workforce Program appropriating $150,000,000 in annual ongoing career education funding to strengthen the pathways for students from secondary to post-secondary education.

K12 SWP intends to create, support, and/or expand high-quality career education programs at the K12 level that are aligned with the workforce development efforts occurring through the community college Strong Workforce Program and regional priorities.

Goal of K12 Strong Workforce Program

The goal of the K12 Strong Workforce Program is to increase the levels of college and career readiness among students which will support their successful transition from secondary education to post-secondary education and, ultimately, to career.

Implementation of K12 Strong Workforce Program

Eligible LEAs that can apply for funding are requested to participate in a collaborative process and form an application consisting of one or more of any combination of the following eligible applicants:

  • School districts
  • County offices of education
  • Charter schools
  • Regional occupational centers or programs operated by a joint powers authority, provided that the application has the written consent of each participating local educational agency

From October 31 through December 12, 2018, a series of Regional Consortium Engagement Meetings will begin the formal collaborative process for accessing K12 SWP funding and finding out next steps for applications. Many regions will offer multiple engagement meeting dates. To determine which regional consortium meeting your LEA representative should attend, please check the Regional List of Eligible LEAs. This list was co-developed with CDE databases, but if your LEA is not listed, please send an email to k12swp@cccco.edu.

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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