In 2005, the Governor’s Initiative on Improving and Strengthening Career Technical Education (CTE) was successfully carried through Senate Bill (SB) 70 by Senator Scott. SB 70 allocated $20,000,000 from the Community College reversion account to be specifically used for the improving of CTE at both the community college and secondary level. The bill allowed for CDE to be an active and full partner in the development of the plan to carry out this important initiative. The CDE Career and Workforce Innovations (CWI) Unit provides the leadership in this work. For the past five years, CWI Unit staff have met and conferred on the plan for the funds to be dispersed to the CTE field. In 2006, SB 1130 was signed by the Governor to continue this important work with additional funding for the next five years through the 2013-14 fiscal years.
SB 70, as it is commonly referred to, calls for the CWI Unit staff and the Chancellor’s Office staff to regularly meet and plan for appropriate CTE funding priorities. These priorities now take the form of approximately 18 unique CTE proposals and grant opportunities to be funded at both community college and secondary levels. SB 70 was the first major state CTE legislation to trigger a true partnership between these two agencies. CWI Unit staff coordinates the development of creative and innovative concepts and funding opportunities to strengthen and improve the articulation of CTE in an organized seamless pattern. The CWI Unit will be administering approximately 10 components beginning in the 2010-11 fiscal year. Examples of SB 70 elements include, but are not limited to, building upon existing programs and creating new ones to increase student participation in industry sector CTE programs at the high school and ROCP level, preparing middle schools to offer CTE awareness programs, studying methods of increasing CTE teacher availability from business and industry, and looking at methods to standardize articulation between community college and high school and ROCP programs statewide.
It is the hope of the Governor’s Office that SB 70 will provide the initial thrust to have a seamless CTE delivery system throughout all of California which encompasses the best programs and services available for students. Ultimately, hundreds of thousands of students will benefit from improved CTE programs.
SB 70 initially allocated $20,000,000. Subsequent legislation allocates $20,000,000 plus $32,000,000 each year through the 2013-14 fiscal years. The CWI Unit has allocated staff to the initiative through a combination of budget bill funding and the federal Carl D. Perkins grant.
Hundreds of thousands of students will benefit from CTE programs and services funded by SB 70 initiatives both at the secondary level and community college level for the next three years.
SB 70, the Governor's Initiative on improving and strengthening career technical education program is administered by:
Lloyd McCabe, Ed.D, Education Administrator I
Michelle Oliveira, Education Programs Consultant
Technical Education Leadership and Instructional Support Office
Career and College Transition Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814