The success of California's broader system of higher education and workforce development stands or falls with the California Community Colleges (CCCs). The CCCs are the primary system for delivering career technical education and workforce training to Californians, preparing individuals for skilled jobs in an ever-changing labor market.

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The Workforce and Economic Development Division (WEDD), driven by the Vision for Success goals, is focused on preparing CCC students and individuals with skills for 21st century jobs and careers, as well as an entrepreneurial mindset to be successful as an employee or entrepreneur, and for the future of work.

WEDD manages a portfolio of programs and grants that support career education and entrepreneurial development programs, deployed via a regional approach coupled with sector strategies. WEDD programs and grants positions colleges to be responsive to employers in their regional priority sectors, identified through Labor Market research and market intelligence. The community colleges are also supported by a network of Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs), working with a multitude of partners, in providing education and training programs that closes the regional employment gaps in supplying trained and skilled talent needed to propel local and regional economies and ecosystems in the fifth largest economy in the world.

Programs in the WEDD Portfolio include:

  • California Adult Education Program (CAEP)
  • California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI)
  • Economic and Workforce Development (EWD)
  • Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V)
  • Nursing
  • Strong Workforce Program (SWP)
  • Strong Workforce Program K12 (SWP K12)