The Governor’s 2006-07 Budget called for expanded career technical educational opportunities for middle school and high school students, and improved linkages between the career and technical curricula of the public schools and community colleges.
The overall goal of the Governor’s Career Technical Education (CTE) Initiative (SB 70/SB 1133) is to strengthen California’s workforce development efforts by linking the State’s investment in economic development with its investment in public instruction and other significant public investments. Funds are used for projects that: bring together economic development initiatives and consortia composed of community colleges, high schools, and Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROCPs); develop regional articulation councils to create seamless, non-redundant education and training in California that corresponds to economic demand; strengthen existing CTE sectors; establish career exploration programs for middle school and high school students; and meet critical professional development needs and capacity building needs.
As of October 2, 2007, the Department of Finance has approved a $52 million Expenditure Plan for the 2007-2008 Governor’s CTE Initiative. The approval of this plan is based on consolidating applications and meeting overall priorities that include:
- Distributing funds equitably and comprehensively throughout the State of California;
- Incentivizing communities to plan and operate together according to their particular characteristics; and
- Creating a seamless system of CTE between secondary and post-secondary education and the needs of business and industry.
Based on these priorities the California Community Colleges, Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and the California Department of Education (CDE) have developed a process which includes the formation and approval of a CTE Community Collaborative.