OverviewCollege 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
- 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.
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.
The deadline to submit an application for 2019-2020 SWP funds in May 31, 2019.