About This Initiative

In 2005, the California State Legislature, with support from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, provided $20 million to fund the Governor's Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways and Workforce Development Program. The intent was to align K-12 career technical education with local community colleges based on models consistent with the California Community Colleges’ Economic Workforce Development (EWD) Program. As more educators, industry, parents, and policy makers recognized the demographic, economic, and educational benefits of revitalizing CTE, Governor Schwarzenegger (personally familiar with the benefits of CTE), and the State Legislature both continued and increased funding for CTE through SB 70 and SB 1133.

To date, the Governor and Legislature invested roughly 140 million in the Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways Initiative (SB 70 and SB 1133) since 2005. A total of 728 projects received funding across the four years. In revitalizing CTE in California, these funds: increased students’ knowledge of and access to college and careers; supported creation of new CTE courses for students; enhanced existing courses to integrate CTE and core subject areas; provided career exploration opportunities for middle school students, job shadowing, internships, and work-based learning for older students; sponsored faculty externships and professional development; and compensated coordinators to network and build relationships with local employers and industry leaders.

The momentum in invigorating CTE in California is noticeable across communities. The CTE Pathways Initiative (SB 70 and SB 1133) funds provided opportunities for community colleges, K-12, ROCP, adult education, industry members to work together and together build CTE programs in their local communities. These funds address needs otherwise unmet, fill gaps, jumpstart programs, and provide human capital for connecting educators to local business/industry leaders and building CTE opportunities for more students.

CTE Central provides a resource for those interested in implementing comprehensive CTE programs to access information, resources, and tools in one location.

WestEd is under contract with Coast Community College District to conduct the statewide evaluation of the Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative. The California Community College Chancellor's Office, in collaboration with the California Department of Education, oversees implementation of this Initiative.

About WestEd

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These funds address needs otherwise unmet, fill gaps, jumpstart programs, and provide human capital for connecting educators to local business/industry leaders and building CTE opportunities for more students.