Strong Workforce funding is aimed at creating more and better CTE - more enrollments, more completions, more students employed in their field of interest.
The proposal cycle for 2021-22 projects begins in fall 2020. Project funding will start July 1, 2021 and will run for 24 months. (This is a change from the previous 30 month funding timeline).
Instructions for 2021-22 Proposals
The timeline and specific instructions for proposals in the 2021-22 year are now available.
August 19, 2020 Kickoff meeting for CTE Faculty: Strong Workforce Proposal
September - November Technical Assistance for proposal development
December 7, 2020 Proposals and budgets due to deans for review/revision
December 11, 2020 Email Proposals and budgets due to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm.
December-January Review and ranking of proposals (SW Review Committee)
January 26, 2021 Final projects determined for submission to State Chancellor's Office
Steps to developing a Strong Workforce Proposal
1. Review labor market information
- Identify industries and occupations where training is needed
- Top Occupations, Stanislaus County, 2019
- Top Employer Requested Skills, 2020
- Review and document current program data from the Chancellor’s Office LaunchBoard:https://www.calpassplus.org/LaunchBoard/SWP.aspx
- Detailed labor market studies can be found on the Center of Excellence website: http://coeccc.net
2. Complete the project proposal form and budget worksheet
- Strong Workforce Project Budget Worksheet
- Strong Workforce Project Proposal Form
- Strong Workforce Biannual Project Report Form (for funded projects)
- Discuss ideas for new programs with faculty and deans
- Estimates for any capital improvements must be requested through the Office of Administrative Services
- Assistance is available from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Twenty-one innovative projects have been funded in the last five years.
2016-17 Strong Workforce Projects
- Agriculture Irrigation Lab. Establishing a fully operational outdoor irrigation lab with small reservoir, pump systems, sprinkler systems, and technical measurement equipment.
- Sustainable Agriculture Program. Enhancing solar and wind power, sustainable gardens, water conservation, and bee habitat.
- Associate Degree Nursing. Equipment to enhance ADN program: intravenous simulator, mobile medication workstations.
- Business. Cross-disciplinary redesign of Business Administration and Office Administration programs to improve alignment with industry needs and develop student internship opportunities
- Fire Science. Equipment to enhance Fire Training Center Burn Room.
- Career Services Center. Establishing a dedicated career services center to provide services to students in four areas: exploration, preparation, workplace learning, and job placement assistance
- Marketing. Marketing to promote CTE programs: billboards, television ads, social media
2017-18 Strong Workforce Projects
- Dual Enrollment. Increase dual enrollment opportunities for high school students in the community.
- Welding Expansion. Update welding equipment and infrastructure; increase course offerings at MJC and Columbia College.
- Certified Nursing Assistant Expansion. Increase program courses to students at MJC and Columbia College.
- Agriculture Fabrication. Enhance and replace fabrication/welding equipment in the Power Mechanics program.
- Allied Health Multi-Purpose Lab. Establish a working lab for multiple health oriented programs.
- Fire Science Satellites. Establish satellite fire science programs in multiple locations throughout the county.
2018-19 Strong Workforce Projects
- Cyber Security. Develop curriculum and establish a cyber security program that includes partnership with local K-12 schools in a "Cyber Patriots" program, a summer academy, and national certification.
- Gaming/Interactive Design. Expand computer graphics/computer science program to incorporate game engine technology for production of video games and interactive applications.
- Television/Digital Media. Develop a certificate in TV and Digital Media.
2019-20 Strong Workforce Projects
- Agriculture Hydroponics. Research and lab opportunities in the use of cargo storage container grow chambers and hydroponic plant growth for sustainable agriculture.
- Child Development Infant Lab. Establish an infant inclusion instructional lab for applied learning with infants between 4 and 18 months.
- Engineering and Industry Automation. New program to provide multiple pathways for engineering transfer and engineering technology students
- Construction/Multi-purpose Training Outdoor Lab. Install outdoor, structural canopies for all-weather program teaching and learning
2020-21 Strong Workforce Projects
- Entrepreneurship. Develop training, support, and networks for entrepreneurs to explore creating their own business.
- Engineering and Industry Automation. Continued development of new applied engineering program.
Dean, Career Technical Education, Community & Workforce Development