Nicole Rice

Workforce update in the May Revise

By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations

Capitol Update, May 11, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Governor Jerry Brown released revisions to his January Budget proposal on Friday that include several key updates to his workforce development policies. As details continue to surface, here is what we know so far:

K-12 Strong Workforce Program. The Governor maintained his commitment to $200M in ongoing funding for the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) that supports the maintenance and creation of high-quality, industry relevant career training and instruction in K-12. However, there was no change to using the community colleges’ Strong Workforce Program, instead of the California Department of Education, as the delivery model for such programs, which is a radical change from how CTEIG has operated over the past three years.

Some expected clarifications to the original January proposal discussed in the May Revise include, creating a K-12 “selection committee” under each Strong Workforce consortia to have exclusive authority over grant decisions; expounding upon the role and responsibility of the Workforce Pathways Coordinators; and providing additional resources to support the K-12 selection committee duties.

Online Community College District.Governor Brown announced that the first two pathways to be developed under the online community college district will be an information technology support credential program and a medical coding credential program. A manufacturing pathways was announced as part of the January Budget but it was subsequently determined to be too difficult to accomplish during this initial rollout. It was also clarified that the Board of Governors will serve as the governing entity for the online community college. Together with the Community Colleges Chancellor, the President of the online college will be selected to manage and control operations.

The online college district will be further required to report on outcome measurements in similar fashion as all other community colleges; partner with an existing district for the purpose of establishing a collective bargaining agreement with faculty and classified employees; and have the same academic protections granted to the curriculum as all other curricula developed by brick-and-mortar community college faculty.

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