The Strong Workforce Program (SWP) helps to strengthen career education programs through regional collaboration and by preparing more students for high-demand, high-wage jobs. SWP incentive funding provides rewards to colleges and regions that attain these goals.

In 2018, the Chancellor’s Office developed the Student Success Metrics, a set of system-level measures that represent a holistic assessment of the California community colleges’ work on student success. SWP will align with the Student Success Metrics by adopting the measures that are relevant to assess the outcomes of Career Education students. Beginning in 2019-20, SWP incentive funding will employ the revised metrics.

Learn more about the SWP Metrics and Incentive Funding

  • Details of Strong Workforce Program Metrics and the Alignment with Student Success Metrics
  • Details on the Timing of Strong Workforce Program Incentive Funding Allocations
  • Summary of Strong Workforce Program Alignment with Other Chancellor’s Office Priorities
  • Strong Workforce Metrics Fundamental PowerPoint (updated October 2018)
  • Handout on Strong Workforce Program Incentive Funding (for 2017-18 & 2018-19)
  • Handout on Strong Workforce Program Incentive Funding (taking effect in 2019-20)
  • Strong Workforce Program Metrics Infographic
  • Frequently Asked Questions (updated October 2018)

Find Strong Workforce Program Incentive Funding Allocations Breakdowns

  • 2018-19 Incentive Funding Breakdown (Revised June 2019)
  • 2017-18 Incentive Funding Breakdown (Revised June 2019)

For questions or comments about the Strong Workforce Program Metrics and/or Incentive Funding, please contact Jill Leufgen at


CCCAOE Fall 2018 Conference - Plenary Presentation
October 10, 2018
Data Alignment and Simplification: How the Chancellor’s Office has Further Unlocked CTE Data
Presenters: Dr. Matthew Roberts (CCCCO), Dr. Omid Pourzanjani (CCCCO) and Kathy Booth (WestEd)

Explore How the Incentive Funding Model was Developed

The SWP Incentive Funding Model was developed with input from practitioners and experts, based on the goals of the Strong Workforce Program, lessons learned in other states, and extensive data modeling involving all California community colleges and regions.

Find out more about the committee members and the research used to develop the model.

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