TWO YEARS INTO CCPT
California Career Pathways Trust Implementation Research Report
In July 2014, the California legislature passed Assembly Bill 86, which established the California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) through the California Department of Education (CDE).1 The initiative funds new regional consortia of K-12 educators, community colleges, and employers to establish career pathways designed to lead secondary students to a postsecondary degree or certification aligned with regional workforce needs.2 California’s CCPT investment stands as one of the largest career pathways investments across all states. With AB 86, the California legislature allocated $500 million to finance two CCPT cohorts.3 Cohort 1 (FY 2014–2018) funded 12 regional consortia with up to $15 million each, 16 regional consortia with up to $6 million each, and 11 local projects with up to $600,000 each, for a total of $282 million. Cohort 2 grants (FY 2015–2019) supported 10 regional consortia of up to $15 million each, 4 regional consortia of up to $6 million each, 20 local projects of up to $6 million each, and 6 local projects of up to $600,000 each—a commitment of $297.6 million. These multilevel grants are set up for four or five years, with infusions of funding from the state between year 1 and year 3, with an expectation that the last two years of the initiative will be fully funded by consortia partners to promote sustainability.