Career Technical Education

Strong Workforce Program

What is Strong Workforce?

Strong Workforce Program: More and Better Career Technical Education to Increase Social Mobility and Fuel Regional Economies with Skilled Workers

To develop more workforce opportunity and lift low-wage workers into living-wage jobs, California took a bold step in 2016 to create one million more middle-skill workers. At the recommendation of the California Community College Board of Governors, the Governor and Legislature approved the Strong Workforce Program, adding a new annual recurring investment of $200 million to spur career technical education (CTE) in the nation’s largest workforce development system of 113 colleges. Read more.

Strong Workforce Currently Funded Projects

Local Allocation


Business Information Worker II Certificate

Noncredit certificates and courses


Two new Nutrition courses

Noncredit certificates and courses


SunPower Solar Academy

Geometry for Construction course


One year temp contract to teach advanced courses


Increase cohort size (+2)

Noncredit course offerings


Studio course: provide graphic design and interactive media production services to clients within the community for a fee.


Student assistants


Tenure-track position to increase cohort size and implement a nurse residency program

Regional Allocation

This new ongoing funding is structured as a 60 percent Local Share allocation for each community college district and a 40 percent Regional Share determined by a regional consortia of colleges to focus on the state’s seven macro-economic regions.

Sub-regional Allocation

Here is a sampling of work we are doing with our colleagues:

  • Subregional paramedic program with Hartnell, Monterey Peninsula College and Gavilan College
  • Subregional sommelier program with Monterey Peninsula College
  • Cyberpatriots Camp (National Cyber Youth Training Camp)
  • Radiologic Technology Advanced Modalities Training
  • Medical Assisting Certification Preparation
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