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Doing What Matters Sector Navigator Grants (SB1402)

Updated December 2016

This postsecondary education initiative of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) seeks to supply in-demand skills for employers, create relevant career pathways and stackable credentials, promote student success, and get Californians into open jobs. Grants are made in key sectors, working with Sector Navigators who create alignment between colleges and employers within their regions, and serve as first contacts and key talents with subject matter experts. Technical Assistance Providers also support Career Pathways Design (established though separate grantmaking).

Additional grants may be made for specific work; examples include:

  • Statewide Sector Consolidated Center—$172,000
  • Knowledge Communities & Advisory Committees—$150,000
  • Statewide Strategic Initiative Hubs—$50,000

The CCCCO provides funding in grants to community college districts. Districts are required to identify, acquire, and leverage community college resources and other public and private financial resources to support economic development, workforce development, and CTE programs.

Resources: Legislation (SB1402)

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A report on funding career technical education programs identified that the current funding system based on full-time equivalent students encourages colleges to act competitively, as funding is tied to the number of students attracted. This system could be amended to encourage collaboration based on shared goals and responsibilities. Recommendations include:

  • Supplementing high-cost CTE programs through block grants or categorical funding
  • Tiered supplemental funding
  • Performance-based funding
  • Cohort-based funding
  • Separate funding streams for program startup, expansion, and updating
  • Differential tuition and fees  

Grant funding strategies could include updating target sectors and tying in with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) labor market information and local plans, efforts from the Employment Development Department, and California Department of Education sector work. This could help ensure that grants target industries with a skills shortage, engage employers based on occupational targets, and produce portable skills.

The initiative can utilize Linked Learning, the Adult Education Program (AEP), AB288, and WIOA Title I youth programs (particularly for out-of-school youth ages 18 to 24) for contextualized integration models that could improve instructional delivery. Engaging WIOA Title I adult programs, dislocated worker, youth transitional jobs, and on-the-job training could also help these efforts.

There is also opportunity to align with supports identified through the Student Support Services Program and the Supported Employment Program, as well as supports through community college human service efforts such as CalWORKs, CalFresh, and Extended Opportunity Programs and Services/Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education. These supports could help participants access services based on individual assessment of needs.

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