California Distributes $54 Million in Grants to Strengthen Career Education Pipeline

SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that the state is providing $54 million in grants to Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire and the Border Region to strengthen the career education pipeline of kindergarten to 16th grade. The grants are part of the K-16 Education Collaborations Grant Programwhich represents a $250 million investment providing new pathways to career opportunities and closing longstanding equity gaps for students in their local communities.

“California is preparing the next generation for the jobs of the future,” Governor Gavin Newsom said. “We’re closing equity gaps, providing more resources to help our students reach their career goals directly in their own communities, and streamlining the pipeline from K-12 to higher education and careers.”

The program, administered by the Department of General Services (DGS), the Office of Public School Construction, and the California Community Colleges Foundation, provides funds to enhance or create collaborative efforts between the University system of California, the California State University system, community colleges, K-12 school districts, and workforce partners. It is a key part of a statewide strategy to cultivate regional economies and ensure education, skills training and workforce programs work together to enhance education and employment opportunities.

“The Department of General Services is pleased to continue fundraising efforts for the first phase of this innovative program and is excited to see the work that will be accomplished in these newly awarded regions,” said DGS Director Ana Lasso. “There is tremendous need across the state for the role the collaborations will play in transforming the public education system and meeting the needs of the regional workforce while ensuring equitable pathways to meaningful careers for all California learners. We look forward to rolling out the second phase of program funding soon, which will provide additional opportunities to expand this program to all regions of the state.

Approximately $18 million will be awarded to each of the following collaborations:

  • Los Angeles County: The Los Angeles Area K-16 Collaboration aims to improve underrepresented student enrollment, retention, and graduation in fields that lead to increased economic mobility, starting with simplified pathways to careers in health care, engineering and IT. Five sub-regional partnerships anchored around five CSU campuses (Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Northridge, and Pomona) and their elementary and community colleges will work together to improve dual enrollment, transfer pathways, and learning through work. In the region.

  • border region: The Border Region Inclusive Talent Pipeline Collaborative brings together partners—California State University San Marcos, San Diego State University, UC San Diego, Imperial County, and San Diego County Offices of Education—committed to improving the K-16 education system in the border region. The collaboration aims to strengthen pathways for creating a representative talent pool in the business, technology, health and education sectors.

  • Inner Empire: Leveraging the experience and success of two major collaborations in the region, Inland Empire Collaborative (IEC) will deploy a regional framework that integrates education, community, workforce and employers in San Bernardino and Riverside counties to support equitable educational and economic opportunities for students and remove barriers to equity in career and technical education pathways in health, engineering and computing, business and education.

Summaries of each collaboration can be viewed on the Regional K-16 Education Collaborations Grant Program. website.

Earlier this year, the Central San Joaquin Valley, Upstate, Kern County, Redwood Coast, Orange County and Sacramento areas have received grants from the program. Abstracts for each grant are available here.

The second phase of funding available for regions that need more time and planning to establish collaborative partners or to determine their program objectives will soon be launched. Information on the second phase of funding can be found here.

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