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Regional Projects

CTE Enhancement Fund Regional Projects

The San Diego and Imperial geographic region, with a total population of over 3.3 million residents and over 100,000 businesses, is home to 10 regional Community Colleges that serves over 2.3 million students each year, 15 major military facilities, an international seaport, an international airport, two growing regional/commuter airports, a 1,633 acre foreign-trade zone, three major international border crossing stations spreading across 144 miles of international border with Mexico, 70 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline on the West, the Arizona border on the East, and bordered on the North by Orange and Riverside Counties. The Career Technical Education Enhancement Fund (CTE EF) “Strengthening Regional Student Employment Outcomes in Key Sectors” proposal will focus on improving the workforce readiness of students throughout the region by redefining student employment outcomes, enhancing occupational soft skills and career readiness training, and increasing students’ accessibility to industry-recognized credentials by implementing four regional projects.

CTE Student Employment Outcomes Survey

  • Survey approximately 20,000 past CTE students via email, mail, and telephone
  • Compiled data will be analyzed to provide information on regional activities and initiatives

Regional Occupational Soft Skills Support

  • Integrate and implement ACT Career Ready 101 modules and WorkKeys Assessments in CTE classes
  • CTE Students can earn the National Career Readiness Certificate – the nation’s most widely used job skills credential

College Career Development Services

  • Enhance existing college career development services efforts in employer outreach and student internship placement
  • Increase communication and collaboration between college career centers, CTE departments, and CTE students

Regional Industry Certification Center

  • Establish a localized and comprehensive testing center for those seeking industry certifications and credentials
  • RICC will provide affordable and cost-effective testing solutions for community college students and the public

Scroll down to learn more about each of the projects!

CTE Enhancement Fund Updates

October 2015 (PDF)

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015 (PDF)


CTE Student Employment Outcomes Survey

This project will implement the statewide “CTE Employment Outcomes Survey” to all 10 Community Colleges in the San Diego and Imperial Counties. The survey will be administered by Santa Rosa Junior College and will encompass a selected cohort of community college CTE students from the 2013-2014 academic year, which will be approximately 20,000 students. The survey will utilize multiple communication methods – email, US mail, telephone – to better reach the targeted audience. The data that will be compiled and analyzed will provide direction for the regions activities and other initiatives as well as shine a spotlight on vital information regarding the direct link between the educational and career paths of CTE students in the region.

In addition, the compiled data will also provide community colleges with a way to improve and redefine student outcomes, assess program viability, and inform local employers/industry. The project will focus on key sectors by exploring best practices for improving student response rates, updating student information, and involving faculty in the process.


CTE Student Employment Outcome Survey Timeline (PDF)

For more information contact: Paolo Espaldon, CTE Enhancement Fund Director – [email protected] or 619-660-4607


Statewide Report

Regional Report

CTEOS Cuyamaca College

Student Outcomes Summary: Cuyamaca

Grossmont College

Student Outcomes Summary: Grossmont

San Diego Mesa College

Student Outcomes Summary: Mesa

San Diego City College

Student Outcomes Summary: City

Miramar College

Student Outcomes Summary: Miramar

Palomar College

Student Outcomes Summary: Palomar

Imperial Valley College

Student Outcomes Summary: Imperial Valley

Southwestern College

Student Outcomes Summary: Southwestern

MiraCosta College

Student Outcomes Summary: MiraCosta

San Diego Continuing Education

Student Outcomes Summary: Continuing Education


Career Development Services Project

This project will utilize resources to enhance the college career centers in the San Diego and Imperial region in their efforts to increase internal communication, external outreach, and regional collaboration. Included in these efforts are increasing internal career technical education student recruitment for workforce readiness training; implementing a targeted and regional approach in identifying and recruiting employers for job and internship placement; community and employer engagement; and developing an internship and employer database that utilizes leveraged resources.

In addition, the project will look at “out-of-the-box” opportunities to address common problems with work-based learning opportunities and internship placement as well as establish a foundation for continuous communication between college career centers and career technical education students, faculty, and administration fostering an environment of collaboration and innovation focused on student success in the workforce.

For more information contact: Molly Ash, CTE Enhancement Fund Coordinator – [email protected] or 619-660-4730


CDS Data


Intern (short)

Employer (short)


Workforce Development Intern

Workforce Development

Regional Soft Skills Support Project

This project will integrate ACT Career Ready 101 and ACT WorkKeys Assessments into Career Technical Education classes at all 10 Community Colleges in the region to develop and enhance career-relevant skills. Career Technical Education faculty will utilize ACT curriculum to supplement current curricula, enhance classroom activities, and/or provide students with the tools for additional self-paced instruction to build workplace skills. In doing so, Career Technical Education faculty will be giving their students the opportunity to obtain the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) – an industry-recognized, portable, research based credential that certifies essential skills needed for workplace success. The NCRC is the nation’s most widely used job skills credential.

In addition, the project will provide professional development for Career Technical Education faculty and staff in the effective use of Career Ready 101 and WorkKeys Assessments, collaborate with other divisions such as Counseling and Career Services to augment existing resources, and work with industry and community partners to recognize and/or promote the use of the National Career Readiness Certificate as a more effective and efficient tool in matching positions with potential employees.


PBS video on ACT WorkKeys

Video Overview of ACT Work Readiness System

ACT Career Curriculum Flyer (PDF)

Link to ACT WorkKeys FAQ’s

ACT WorkKeys Flyer (PDF)

Link to ACT NCRC information

ACT NCRC Education Flyer (PDF)

ACT NCRC Workforce Flyer (PDF)

Link to ACT Career Ready 101

Career Ready 101 Courses (PDF)

For more information contact: Paolo Espaldon, CTE Enhancement Fund Director – [email protected] or 619-660-4607


Regional Industry Certification Collaboration

The Regional Industry Certification Collaboration (RICC) will research and implement industry certification examinations for all San Diego and Imperial County region community colleges. The RICC will be a partnership of regional industry representatives, college career technical education faculty, and staff and will be a comprehensive and dynamic resource for developing our community’s workforce and economy. State-of-the-art fully equipped facilities in existing testing centers at community colleges throughout the region will be a cost effective option for those looking to attain their industry certifications.

In addition, while aimed at current community college career technical education students, the region will also be available to meet the certification needs of former students and members of the public. Certification offerings will encompass a wide variety of skills and be a true benefit to the community.


Certifications by Vendor

CTE Faculty Survey

CTE Faculty Survey Analysis

CTE Student Survey

CTE Student Survey Analysis

DSN and SN Identified Certifications

Testing Center Locations (PDF)

For more information contact: Molly Ash, CTE Enhancement Fund Coordinator – [email protected] or 619-660-4730