High schools and colleges are faced with numerous barriers to sustaining and developing CTE courses and pathways. In 2005, the Legislature provided $20 million to fund the Governor's Career Technical Education Pathways and Workforce Development Program to align K-12 career technical education with local community colleges, based on models consistent with the California Community Colleges' Economic and Workforce Development Program. The Program is also intended to improve education pathways and career-technical awareness for students enrolled in both systems. The community college system is assisting K-12 in building and aligning coordinated CTE pathways that lead to postsecondary programs of study to prepare students for high-skill jobs with high wages.
The collaboration of both education systems has yielded positive and effective outcomes for students by providing them with information about careers, as well as experiences, which assist students in developing educational plans that relate to career as well as academic success. It is anticipated that much more will be accomplished as K-12 and Community Colleges continue to work together at the state, regional and local levels for the benefit of all Californians.
Presently, the funding for this initiative is projected to be available through the year 2014.
Other Related Documents
Economic Development and Career Technical Education Reform, Implementation Strategy for Senate Bill 70 (Scott), October 2005 (PDF
Senate Bill 70
Senate Bill 1566
CA Department of Education/Career Technical Education
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
CTE Pathways Initiative (SB 70/SB 1130) Advisories
The Career Technical Education Unit of the California Community Colleges is offering Advisories as a way to provide general information and direction to grantees pertaining to any changes and/or updates to the CTE grant process. The CTE unit will provide advisories on an as-needed basis; therefore, you will receive these advisories on a periodic rather than a regular basis. Each advisory will be accompanied by a unique number. Please review and file for future reference. For your convenience, PDF and Word 2003 formats are provided.
Feel free to provide feedback on these advisories to assist us in making this process valuable for the grantee and the Chancellor’s Office. If you have any questions, please contact your grant monitor.
Advisory No. 09-001 (PDF