California Career Pathways Trust
In July 2013, the California Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 86, Chapter 48, Statutes of 2013, creating the California Career Pathways Trust. Funds in the amount of $250 million will be made available to school districts, county superintendents of school, charter schools, and community college districts in the form of one-time competitive grants. Grants will be made available for kindergarten through grade fourteen career pathways programs that accomplish the following:
- Fund specialists in work-based learning, as defined in Section 51760.1 of the Education Code, to convene, connect, measure, or broker efforts to establish or enhance a locally defined career pathways program that connects school districts, county superintendents of schools, charter schools, and community colleges with business entities.
- Establish regional collaborative relationships and partnerships with business entities, community organizations, and local institutions of postsecondary education.
- Develop and integrate standards-based academics with a career-relevant, sequenced curriculum following industry-themed pathways that are aligned to high-need, high-growth, or emerging regional economic sectors.
- Provide articulated pathways to postsecondary education aligned with regional economies.
- Leverage and build on any of the following:
- Existing structures, requirements, and resources of the Carl D. Perkins, California Partnership Academies, and regional occupational programs, including staff knowledge, community relationships, and course development.
- Matching resources and in-kind contributions from public, private, and philanthropic sources.
- The California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program and its sector strategies and deputy sector navigators.
- Participation in the local California Community Colleges Skills Panel.
The full text of AB 86 can be found on the California Legislative Information Web site [http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/] .
Funds in the amount of $250 million will be made available to school districts, county superintendents of school, charter schools, and community college districts in the form of one-time competitive grants.
The California Career Pathways Trust Request for Application (RFA) is posted on the California Department of Education Available Funding Web page [http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/af/].
Questions and Answers
Questions and answers can be found on the California Career Pathways Trust Frequently Asked Questions [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/gi/ccptquestions.asp] Web page.
To view the Application Workshop Webinar and the Application Workshop in Sacramento, California, please go to the CTE Online [http://www.cteonline.org/portal/default/Content/Viewer/Content?action=2&scId=228012&sciId=5466] Web site.
Pathways to Prosperity Institute
The California Department of Education, in collaboration with the California Community College Chancellor's Office, the California Workforce Investment Board, and the Pathways to Prosperity Network hosted a Pathways to Prosperity Institute in Sacramento, Clovis, and Los Angeles California in December 2013. The Institute shared strategies on how education and industry worked together to create high-quality career pathway programs aligned with the local and regional needs of business and industry.
The Institute had representatives from the Pathways to Prosperity Project at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, Jobs for the Future, and Boston Private Industry Council to discuss the following topics:
- Developing sustainable collaborations between educational agencies and businesses
- Creating regional career pathways aligned to local labor market needs
- Integrating academic and career-based learning aligned to high-need, high-growth, and emerging regional economic sectors
- Establishing effective work-based learning programs between educational agencies and business
To view the Pathways to Prosperity Institute videos that took place in Sacramento and Clovis, California go to the Pathways to Prosperity Institute [https://sites.google.com/site/careerpathwaysca/] Web site.
For more information regarding the California Career Pathways Trust, please contact Mindi Yates, Education Programs Consultant, Career and College Transition Division, by phone at 916 319-0458 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or contact Lisa Reimers, Education Programs Consultant, by phone at 916 324-5634 or by e-mail at email@example.com; or Kevin Shyne, Education Programs Consultant, by phone at 916-323-5830 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.