Strong Workforce

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).

2020 Strong Workforce Presentation

 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 Process
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 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

2. Complete the project proposal form and budget worksheet

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. 


Pedro Mendez
Dean, Career Technical Education, Community & Workforce Development
Career Technical Education/Workforce