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Division of Workforce and Economic Development

Among the activities of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, the programs of the Division of Workforce and Economic Development bridge the skills and jobs mismatch and prepare California's workforce for 21st century careers. More on the Division’s Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework, visit

The Division serves as administrator for several streams of state and federal funds, including:
  • Governor's Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative (SB1070)
  • Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006
  • Proposition 98 dollars for Apprenticeship, Economic & Workforce Development (EWD) and Career Technical Education (CTE)

The Division collaborates with employers, organized labor, local communities, their community colleges and other education parties through programming supported by these funds to close the skills gap and foster successful student completion.

Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor               
916.327.5492 |
Dr. Debra Jones, director, Workforce and Adult Education
916.322.6972 |
Gary W. Adams, dean
916.322.7079 |
Dr. Jeffrey A. Mrizek, dean
916.325.5935 |
Nita Patel, manager
916.327.6226 |
Dr. Matthew Roberts, dean
916.445.7692 |
Javier Romero, dean
916.322.1677 |

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