Strong Workforce at College of San Mateo - Overview
Strong Workforce


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Ashley Phillips 
Director of Workforce Development
College Center Building 10, Room 493
(650) 574-6296
College of San Mateo is committed to fulfilling the objectives of California’s Strong Workforce Program initiative. According to recent government statistics, California needs one million more graduates who have completed associate degrees, certificates, and/or industry valued credentials to meet workforce demands through at least 2025. “Some college” is the new gateway into the workforce. By 2020, 65% of job openings in the US will require some postsecondary education or training, though not necessarily a four-year degree.

The State Chancellor’s Office Workforce recommends that community colleges utilize Strong Workforce Program (SWP) funding to achieve the following outcomes:
  • Student success and completion
  • Innovative curricular design
  • Guided career pathway development
  • Support for Career and Technical Education faculty
  • Regional coordination of college efforts
The SWP initiative will provide ongoing categorical funds to:
  • Increase the quantity of CTE:  “More” enrollments in programs leading to high demand, high wage jobs.
  • Improve the quality of CTE: “Better” – more student completions and transfers, more students employed, and more students improving their earnings.
Funding Flow
Funds are ongoing and have been allocated based on labor market need, enrollments and student outcomes.
  • 60% Local Shares are allocated to districts to invest in CTE at colleges.
  • 40% Regional Shares are allocated to CTE investments at colleges through coordinated initiatives.
CSM faculty and staff have done some amazing things with SWP funds already - take a look at the SWP Allocation and Activities summary for details.

If you are interested in requesting funds from Strong Workforce, please complete the SWP Application and email it to Ashley Phillips at Also, make sure you are aware of SWP deadlines, which are listed on the SWP Timeline.

For more information and to apply for funding for a SWP project at College of San Mateo, please contact Ashley Phillips, Director of Workforce Development, at or (650) 574-6296.