Strong Workforce Program

What is Strong Workforce?

Strong Workforce Program: More and Better Career Technical Education to Increase Social Mobility and Fuel Regional Economies with Skilled Workers

To develop more workforce opportunity and lift low-wage workers into living-wage jobs, California took a bold step in 2016 to create one million more, middle-skill workers. At the recommendation of the California Community College Board of Governors, the Governor and Legislature approved the Strong Workforce Program, adding a new annual recurring investment of $200 million to spur career technical education (CTE) in the nation’s largest workforce development system of 114 colleges.

Grouped into seven areas targeting student success, career pathways, workforce data and outcomes, curriculum, CTE faculty, regional coordination and funding, this leading-edge state economic development program is driven by “more and better” CTE. The “more” is increasing the number of students enrolled in programs leading to high-demand, high-wage jobs. The “better” is improving program quality, as evidenced by more students completing or transferring programs, getting employed or improving their earnings.

Strong Workforce Program Links:

Strong Workforce Program Overview

Strong Workforce Program - Chancellor's Office website

Strong Workforce Program Guidance - Chancellor's Office FAQs

Bay Region Strong Workforce Program Allocations

Resources & Presentations

  • BACCC SWP FAQ particularly for questions relating to RJVs and use of the Regional Fund platform

  • If you can’t find the answer in one of the above, email us at

  • For help with Labor Market Information contact John Carrese at, 415.452.5529 or Doreen O'Donovan at, 831.479.6481

SWP Regional Planning Meeting Notes

Meeting Materials & Outcomes/Next Steps for 10/21/16 & 12/21/16 - Click HERE