Updated November 2018
This postsecondary education initiative of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) was established to expand the availability of quality community college career technical education (CTE) workforce development courses, programs, pathways, credentials, certificates, and degrees. Activities support individuals’ social and economic mobility and state economic competitiveness, with efforts coordinated and aligned across systems to maximize impact and avoid duplication.
To improve “sector” delivery, the Strong Workforce Task Force recommends enhancing the regional CTE framework within the community college system. This could help increase coordination between and provide greater alignment with the colleges’ overall governance and reporting structures.
The Task Force also endorses developing robust regional partnerships among community college, industry, and other workforce and economic development entities to improve CTE program delivery and responsiveness to regional and industry labor market needs. This could also help with a legislative goal to provide work-based learning opportunities that increase student employability and earning potential.
To enhance measurement and the effective use of data, the Task Force recommends building on community college initiatives for measuring student progress. This could help align common metrics among all workforce programs; increase the ability of governmental entities to share employment, licensing, certification, and wage outcome information; and improve the quality and accessibility of student outcome and labor market data.
WIOA Integrated Education & Training models could be used to build foundational knowledge with occupational skills. This would give the Strong Workforce Program access to initiative-focused, evidence-based practices.
The initiative could help participants access services based on individual assessments of need by intentionally aligning Strong Workforce courses, programs, and pathways with activities of the Student Equity & Achievement Act, and with other student supports. There is also opportunity to co-enroll with WIOA Title I for non-academic supports and WIOA Title II for academic supports.
The initiative’s current definition of a career pathway is very broad. This definition could be aligned with the WIOA and Higher Education Act definition to help build a strategic pathway for a defined population.
Future allocations to consortiums could be based upon program outcomes, including at minimum the number of certificates granted to—and wage increases of—students who have completed a CTE program.
A Roadmap for Joint Regional Planning from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office can help initiatives identify resources, tools, key questions, and regional partners in order to facilitate collaboration around WIOA and the Strong Workforce Program.