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Introduction to Strong Workforce

 Strong Workforce Program

 California Community Colleges


Prepare one million more Californians for middle-skills job openings


In 2014, the California legislature requested the California Community College’s Chancellor’s Office create a “Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy.” Composed of education, workforce development and business/industry members, the Task Force completed its work – which resulted in 25 recommendations, approved by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors. These recommendations enhance career technical education and workforce training to meet the demands of the economy and the labor market, thus benefiting individuals, communities, and the entire state.

In the Governor’s budget for 2016-17, approved for ongoing funding by the California Legislature, the Strong Workforce Program was added to the Education Code and funded annually at $200 million dollars. It requires MORE and BETTER career Technical education.



The SWP funds have been allocated by a formula based on unemployment rate, proportion of CTE FTEs, projected job openings, and successful workforce outcomes beginning 2017-18).

  • 2016-17 – $200 million dollars.
  • 60% – Directly to community colleges.
  • 40% – To the community college regions to invest in CTE with a regional impact.

For an excerpt on the Education Code 88820

For a current overview of the California Strong Workforce Program

For a current list of RFPs available through the SDIC Strong Workforce Program