Whereas, The recommendations of the 2015 Board of Governors Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy demonstrate a recognition of the important role of career technical education (CTE) programs in supporting the overall economic integrity of the State of California;
Whereas, Recent practice has been to direct funding for CTE programs through regional consortia, which has in many cases led to uneven allocation of resources, inability to sufficiently fund some existing CTE programs, and missed opportunities for program development and improvement;
Whereas, The 2016 California Budget Trailer Bill allocates $200 million of Prop 98 funding to support CTE programs and workforce development through the Strong Workforce Program, but the current expectation is that this funding will once again be directed through regional consortia; and
Whereas, The $200 million in funding for the Strong Workforce Program could be better used to serve the students and the economy of California if it were allocated directly to community college districts rather than regional consortia;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges urge the Chancellor’s Office, the legislature, and the Governor’s Office ensure that the ongoing $200 million of the Strong Workforce Program is allocated directly to community college districts rather than through regional consortia.
The President and Vice-president have shared with the Department of Finance, the Chancellor’s Office, Higher Education committee members and others of the concerns raised in this resolution.