Governor Brown signed the 2014-15 budget which “provided on a one-time basis to create greater incentive for California Community Colleges to develop, enhance, retool, and expand quality career technical education offerings that build upon existing community college regional capacity to respond to regional labor market needs.” For ease of reference, this money is being called the “$50M CTE Enhancement Fund.” (Click here for full language of the bill.) “Funds may be used for equipment, curriculum development, professional development, and other related costs necessary to develop, enhance, retool, and expand quality career technical education offerings.”
- California is driven by regional economies -- with workforce needs that require a regional response from community colleges. With the vast majority of community college students staying in California to work and attending more than one community college, students are better served when more CTE programs are aligned with the economy and coordinated regionally.
- These funds are intended to further economic development with CTE programming that meet all the following criteria:
- Be for occupations and sectors that are demonstrated to be in-demand in the regional labor market;
- Be for occupations for which regional production of employees is insufficient to meet labor market demand; and
- Demonstrate regional alignment of program and curricula.