California’s economic competitiveness is fueled, in part, by the strength of its regional economies and its skilled workforce. California is committed to investing in developing a skilled workforce to meet the state’s labor market needs and to ensure upward social and economic mobility for Californians. In 2016, the California Legislature approved the Strong Workforce Program (SWP), budgeting an ongoing $248 million for the state’s community colleges to enhance and expand career technical education (CTE) and workforce training to prepare students for high-wage employment in industries that meet regional labor market needs. 

Commencing with the 2018–19 fiscal year, an additional $150 million was allocated on an annual and ongoing basis to K-12 local education agencies (LEAs) through the K12 Strong Workforce Program (K12 SWP) to create, support, or expand high-quality CTE at the K-12 level (Education Code, Section 88827).

Read more about the program and its primary objectives on the K12 Overview page.

2020/21 K12 SWP Request for Application

Resource Center

The K12 SWP Program is housed in NOVA. To request an account or login to the system, please visit the NOVA login page

Date and time Region registration link  notes
 9/3/2020 8:30-12:15PM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Consortium Website General Session 
 9/3/2020 9:00-12:30PM Los Angeles Regional Engagement Session: Recording  
 9/3/2020 9:30-10:45AM Bay Area Regional Engagement Session #1: Recording Session 1: Important context for all stakeholders including an overarching framework, revised regional plan goals and a call to action around deeper development of career pathways.
 9/3/2020 1:00-1:45PM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording Advanced Transportation and Logistics 
 9/3/2020 2:00-2:45PM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording ICT and Digital Media
 9/3/2020 3:00-3:45PM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording  Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism
 9/4/2020 1:00-3:00PM South Central Coast - SLO/SB  Regional Engagement Session: Recording  
 9/9/2020 9:00-9:45AM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording Advanced Manufacturing 
 9/9/2020 9:00-12:30PM North/Far North Regional Engagement Session: Recording  
 9/9/2020 10:00-10:45AM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording San Bernardino Valley College 
 9/9/2020 10:00-10:45AM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording Palo Verde College 
 9/9/2020 11:00-11:45AM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording Norco College 
 9/9/2020 11:00-11:45AM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording
Crafton Hills College 
 9/9/2020 12:00-1:15PM Bay Area Regional Engagement Session #2: Recording Session 2: An annual review of regional and subregional labor market information highlighting program / pathway opportunities for the region to consider investing in, including viewed through an equity lens to determine opportunities for improvements in meeting our regions equity goals. 
 9/9/2020 1:00-1:45PM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording Mt. San Jacinto College 
 9/9/2020 1:00-1:45PM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording Barstow College 
 9/9/2020 2:00-2:45PM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording Moreno Valley College 
 9/9/2020 2:00-2:45PM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording Victor Valley College 
 9/9/2020 3:00-3:45PM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording Riverside City College
 9/11/2020 9:00-11:00AM South Central Coast - Ventura County Regional Engagement Session: Recording  
 9/11/2020 9:00-12:30PM Los Angeles  Regional Consortium Website   
 9/14/2020 9:30-10:45AM Bay Area Regional Engagement Session #3: Recording
Session 3: Hear from Regional Directors of Employer Engagement about the top program / pathway opportunities in their sector as seen through a post-Covid lens.
 9/14/2020 3:00PM San Diego/ Imperial Regional Engagement Session: Recording  
 9/15/2020 9:00-9:45AM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording Energy, Construction, and Utilities 
 9/15/2020 9:30-1:30PM Bay Area Subregional Engagement Session: Recording Subregion: North Bay
 9/15/2020 10:00-10:45AM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording College of the Desert
 
 9/15/2020 10:00-10:45AM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording Chaffey College
 9/15/2020 11:00-11:45AM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording Business and Entrepreneurship 
 9/15/2020 1:00-3:00PM Inland Empire/ Desert Regional Engagement Session: Recording K12 SWP Workshop 
 9/17/2020 12:00-1:00PM North/Far North Regional Consortium Website 20-21 RFA Overview
 9/18/2020 9:30-1:30PM Bay Area  Subregional Engagement Session: Recording Subregion: Santa-Cruz Monterey 
 9/18/2020 10:00-12:00PM Orange County Regional Consortium Website  
 9/18/2020 1:00-3:00PM South Central Coast - North Los Angeles  Regional Engagement Session: Recording  
 9/21/2020 8:30-10:30AM  Central/           Mother Lode Regional Engagement Session: Recording 3-day Regional Engagement Session 
 9/21/2020 9:30-1:00PM Bay Area Subregional Engagement Session: Recording  Subregion: SF Peninsula
 9/21/2020 1:00PM San Diego/Imperial  Regional Engagement Session: Recording  
 9/21/2020 1:00-2:00PM North/Far North Regional Consortium Website Sector Overview: Adv. Manufacturing 
 9/22/2020 8:30-10:30AM Central/           Mother Lode  Regional Engagement Session: Recording  
 9/22/2020 3:00-3:50PM North/Far North Regional Consortium Website Sector Overview: Business & Entrepreneurship
 9/22/2020 4:00-4:50PM North/Far North Regional Consortium Website Sector Overview: Agriculture 
 9/23/2020 3:00-3:45PM North/Far North Regional Consortium Website Sector Overview: Retail, Hospitality & Tourism
 9/24/2020 9:30-1:30PM Bay Area Subregional Engagement Session: Recording Subregion: Silicon Valley 
 9/24/2020 1:00-2:00PM North/Far North Regional Consortium Website Sector Overview: Health
 9/24/2020 2:00-3:00PM North/Far North Regional Consortium Website Sector Overview: ICT
 9/25/2020 9:30-1:30PM Bay Area Subregional Engagement Session: Recording Subregion: East Bay 
 10/1/2020 3:30-5:00PM Bay Area Regional Engagement Session #4: Recording
Session 4: A wrap-up of outcomes from the sessions above with an eye to planning Q2 activities. 

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Industry Sector Crosswalk

Contacts

Sandra Sanchez 
Assistant Vice Chancellor
916.322.0935

Katie Gilks
Program Specialist
916.445.1606

Lindsay Williams 
Associate Program Analyst
916.322.7629

Email the K12 SWP Help Desk