Updated December 2016
A postsecondary education initiative of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), Career Advancement Academies (CAAs) are academic and career pathways that target under-prepared young adults (ages 18 to 30) whose low basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics shut them out of high-wage jobs. CAAs help participants develop foundational skills, and remove academic and non-academic barriers to postsecondary education and employment.
Funding is awarded by the CCCCO via grants to participating community college districts. Funding was originally supported from 2007-2015, with renewed funding now available from 2016-2018.
The innovative, integrative strategies of CAAs can be supported by a number of California career pathways initiatives including:
An initiative impact report notes potential partnership with the Congressional Budget Office and workforce development programs to sustain student support services.
An evaluation of student success outcomes found that measurement metrics could be difficult to obtain through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Management Information System administrative data. There could be opportunities to improve how data is captured within this system.
Local programs have connected to Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training grants and the California Career Pathways Trust.