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K12 Strong Workforce Program (K12 SWP)

Central/Mother Lode Regional Consortium
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K12 Strong Workforce Program

In the summer of 2018, the California legislature introduced the K12 Strong Workforce Program (K12 SWP) as an ongoing statewide funding opportunity. It is designed to support K–12 local education agencies (LEAs) in creating, improving, and expanding career technical education (CTE) courses, course sequences, programs of study, and pathways for students transitioning from secondary education to postsecondary education to living-wage employment.

CRC K12 SWP Round 5 Application Resources

If you missed our Zoom session on the grant, we’ve recorded the Q & A that you can view at this link. Also, we are hosting drop-in office hours on Fridays from 2-3 pm via Zoom (click here to join).

Keep up-to-date on the California Community College Chancellor’s Office K12 SWP website here.

  • K12 SWP 5 Request for Applications (RFA) (revised 9/14/2022)
  • APPLICATIONS ARE DUE OCTOBER 14, 2022 in NOVA by 5 pm on Friday.
  • Please review the video of the Bidder’s Conference Recording on the K12 SWP Round 5 before starting your application.
  • To see the K12 SWP Round 5 Slide Deck, click here.
  • Written questions about specifications in the RFA must be received by 5 pm on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 via email to K12SWP@cccco.edu.

K12 Selection Committee Criteria

Decisions governing, or relating to, the distribution of fiscal resources for the K–12 component shall be made exclusively by the K–12 Selection Committee, including selection of grant recipients and specific funding amounts for each grant.

The Selection Committee will make decisions based on the merits of the proposed project, proportionality of the request, alignment with the intent of the K12 Strong Workforce legislation, and applications that best meet the priorities of the region as set by the regional plan and local labor market demand. If the total amount requested is higher than the region’s allocation, funding decisions will be made with the following in mind, and a funding formula may be used to allocate excess funds.

  • The number of requests, size of request/s, number of students/teachers impacted, impact of the project.
  • How the application addresses a labor demand and identifies/demonstrates a gap in filling the demand.
  • How the application includes sectors and/or pathways with high wage earning potential and opportunity to reach and/or exceed a living wage.
  • Objectives and work plan lead to metrics that can be measured through data.
  • Objectives and work plan describe efforts to close equity gaps by improving access to and completion of high-skill/high-wage CTE opportunities for disproportionately impacted students.
  • Demonstrates clear outcomes that lead to post secondary and living wage jobs

When determining grant recipients under the K–12 component of the Strong Workforce Program, the K–12 Selection Committee shall consider past performance of grantees before awarding additional funds to those reapplying for grants.

   (1) The K–12 Selection Committee shall give positive consideration to each of the following characteristics in an applicant:

(A) Aligned programs serving unduplicated pupils, as defined in Section 42238.02.

(B) Programs that the K–12 Selection Committee, in consultation with the consortium, determines most effectively meet the needs of the local and regional economies.

(C) Programs serving pupil subgroups that have higher than average dropout rates as identified by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

(D) Programs located in an area of the state with a high unemployment rate.

(2) When determining grant recipients, the K–12 Selection Committee shall give greatest weight to the applicant characteristics included in this subdivision.

The K–12 Selection Committee shall also give positive consideration to programs to the extent they do any of the following:

(1) Successfully leverage one or both of the following:

(A) Existing structures, requirements, and resources of the federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) (Public Law 115-224), the partnership academies program pursuant to Article 5 (commencing with Section 54690) of Chapter 9 of Part 29 of Division 4 of Title 2, or the agricultural career technical education incentive program pursuant to Article 7.5 (commencing with Section 52460) of Chapter 9 of Part 28 of Division 4 of Title 2.

(B) Contributions from industry, labor, and philanthropic sources.

(2) Make significant investments in career technical education infrastructure, equipment, and facilities.

(3) Operate within rural school districts.

(CA K12 SWP Legislation Sections 88829-88830)

K12 Selection Committee Members

Michelle Miler-Galaz – Community College or Community College District

Tami Truax  School/District

Katherine Medina-Gross – Community College or Community College District

Kathi Dunham-Filson – County Office of Education

Mary Whited – Regional Occupational Center/Program

Jonna Schengel – Community College or Community College District

Claudia VanDenBergh – School/District

Daniel Ching – School/District

Amanda Gomez – School/District

Becky Barabe – Community College or Community College District

Craig Hayward – Community College or Community College District

Janet Sloan – County Office of Education

Edward Kotoian – School/District

Suzanne McKean – School/District

Valerie Pieroni – Grant Writing Consult

Donna Silva – Banking

Desiree Landeros – Workforce Development

Additional Resources

K12 SWP Online Reporting Due Dates

Capital Outlay Request

CCCCO K12 SWP Overview

NOVA

Join the K12 SWP Listserv

K12 Round 1 2018-19 Awardees

K12 Round 2 2019-20 Awardees

K12 Round 3 2020-21 Awardees

K12 Round 4 2021-22 Awardees