Overview

As part of the California Community Colleges ongoing efforts to meet the state’s need for an educated and skilled workforce and the Governor’s goal of serving 500,000 earn-and-learn apprenticeships by 2029, the Chancellor’s Office is pleased to announce the availability of Proposition 98 funds for the California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI) New & Innovative Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Grant Programs (N&I). Apprenticeship is the model of the future as a mechanism to eliminate the barrier between education, training, and employment to create a seamless pathway. While the goal is to serve 500,000 apprentices, California has currently served roughly 100,000, and the state has a need to create innovative ways to scale the growth of registered apprenticeships. The CAI N&I seeks to create new and innovative apprenticeship opportunities in priority and emerging industry sectors or areas in which apprenticeship training is not fully established or does not exist.

Program Outcomes and Alignment to Vision for Success Goals

CAI N&I-funded grants will be expected to achieve outcomes as described below:

Planning Grant

  • Obtain DAS registration for one or multiple apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship programs.
  • For Apprenticeship Program: Obtain Employer MOUs that guarantee hiring a specific number of apprentices and that identify apprentice and journeyman wages.

Implementation Grant

  • At least one apprentice is registered for every $15,000 awarded or one preapprentice for every $2,500 awarded.
  • At least 80% of participants will complete apprenticeship programs, and at least 80% of participants in pre-apprenticeship programs will transition to an apprenticeship program.
  • Participants who complete apprenticeship programs receive living wages as compared to local cost of living.
  • A five-year plan, starting at the culmination of the grant, which demonstrates the program’s long-term sustainability.
  • An active system to provide—or direct participants to—accessible, comprehensive, academic, and nonacademic student support services (including, but not limited to, job readiness coaching and career guidance, case management, success coaching, and financial aid) which should remove barriers to entry and completion for any program participants.

Expansion Grant

  • The program can register at least one additional apprentice annually, beyond what it was previously capable to register, for every $15,000 awarded.
  • A five-year plan, starting the year after the culmination of the Apprenticeship Program Expansion Grant, which demonstrates the program’s long-term sustainability.
  • An active system to provide—or direct participants to—accessible, comprehensive, academic, and nonacademic student support services (including, but not limited to, job readiness coaching and career guidance, case management, success coaching, and financial aid) which should remove barriers to entry and completion for any program participants.

In 2017, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors adopted the Vision for Success, with the main purpose of making sure students from all backgrounds succeed in reaching their goals and improving their families and communities, eliminating achievement gaps once and for all. The CAI program supports 3 of the 6 goals of the Vision, these being:

  • Increase by at least 20 percent the number of CCC students annually who acquire associates degrees, credentials, certificates, or specific skill sets that prepare them for an in-demand job.
  • Increase the percent of exiting CTE students who report being employed in their field of study, from the most recent statewide average of 60 percent to an improved rate of 69 percent—the average among the quintile of colleges showing the strongest performance on this measure.
  • Reduce equity gaps across all of the above measures through faster improvements among traditionally underrepresented student groups, with the goal of cutting achievement gaps by 40 percent within 5 years and fully closing those achievement gaps within 10 years.

The goal of the CAI N&I Grants Program Fiscal Year 2022-23 Applications is to create new and innovative apprenticeship opportunities in priority and emerging industry sectors or areas in which apprenticeship training is not fully established or does not exist. Programs should tap into CAI funding throughout the life cycle of the program and use the different grant purposes to create stackable funding: planning grants, implementation grants, and then expansion grants.

The complete application, including any required forms and supporting documentations, must be submitted via the Chancellor’s Office NOVA system on or before December 16, 2022 by 5:00 PM PDT, at which time the application system will close. No other forms of submission will be accepted. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.

CAI grants are disbursed through several competitive application deadlines throughout the year. Each deadline draws from the same pool of funding, so deadlines are eliminated once funding for the year depletes. Grantees may invoice for an advance payment up to 20% of the grant amount and then may invoice regularly to be reimbursed for expenses after they submit fiscal reports that are certified by the district and approved by the Chancellor’s Office. Please review the current RFA for more information regarding how funding may be used and the Calendar of Events for additional submission and reporting deadlines.

  • Awarded more than $90,000,000 through 200 grants supporting apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs
  • More than 1,700 apprentices supported
  • More than 1,900 pre-apprentices supported

The following two examples of college apprenticeship programs took place during the COVID-19 pandemic and can be used as models for the CAI grant applications:

Inland Empire Local Apprenticeships Uniting a Network of Colleges and High Schools (LAUNCH) Program

The LAUNCH Apprenticeship Network works through the Inland Empire / Desert Regional Consortium and apprenticeship program plans have been underway since March to launch three new programs in Automotive, Healthcare and IT. In addition to classes going virtual, administrators of the programs developed a streamlined process to activate Industry Committees through virtual meetings and to register new programs with the Division of Apprenticeship Standards. Apprentice candidates and participating businesses are conducting virtual interviews and they are launching a new program Electro Mechanical apprenticeship program in partnership with Target Corporation this Fall. This particular program, hosted out of Norco College, will take apprentices from $23 per hour to $40 per hour as they proceed through the apprenticeship. 

Occupations: CNC Operators and Programmers, Production Technicians, Drafting and Engineering Technologists, Industrial Maintenance, Electro-Mechanical Technologists and Conventional Machine Operators

Transit Apprenticeship for Professional Career Advancement (TAPCA)

The TAPCA program at Mission College in partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 265 has prepared individuals for 320 jobs. The program underscores the importance of college participation in apprenticeship programs as apprentices in this program receive college credit in addition to a paycheck during their in-class time. Apprentices have noted that their interest in earning a college credential or degree increased, with successfully earned college credit through the program as completing a college program seemed more achievable.

Occupations: Coach Operator, Junior Track Worker, Junior Service Mechanic and Junior Overhead Line Worker

Contacts

For questions or inquiries, email apprenticeship@cccco.edu.

Name Title
Gary Adams Dean
Sean McCobb Apprenticeship Program Manager
Carmen Payne Apprenticeship Program Analyst

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