Updated December 2016
This joint initiative between the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and the California Department of Education (CDE) Superintendent of Public Instruction seeks to increase middle and high school students’ readiness and success for postsecondary education and careers in high-demand sectors through career technical education (CTE) pathways. Grants assist with promoting business partnerships with education, promoting and evaluating student participation in articulated courses, providing professional development to staff, expanding internship and work experiences, supporting Linked Learning, and establishing metrics for postsecondary and career readiness.
Competitive funding awarded through July 2016 includes:
Resources: Legislation (AB104, SB1070)
Research suggests many California CTE programs do not place enough priority on sequencing lower-to-higher credentials within a career field, impeding student progress toward high levels of education. Some consortia are seeking community-based intermediaries who are focused on building networks of employers interested in providing work-based learning, ensuring the initiative is built into secondary and postsecondary curriculum. This presents opportunities to better integrate practices that improve student success, such as contextualized remediation, cohort-based instruction, and accelerated learning.
The initiative could connect to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I industry partnerships to better target industries with a skills shortage, engage employers based on occupational targets, and produce portable skills.
Connecting with WIOA Title I, dislocated worker, youth for transitional jobs and on-the-job training can help participants receive services based on their individual needs assessment.