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The Strong Workforce Program (SWP) helps to strengthen career education programs through regional collaboration and by preparing more students for high-demand, high-wage jobs.

The College and Career Connections Department currently is developing several applications for funding through the California Community Colleges’ K-12 Strong Workforce Program. The state is providing $150 million per year in ongoing SWP funding, including $14.8 million directed to the North Far North region, which includes Sacramento County. K12 SWP creates, supports and/or expands high-quality career education programs at the K12 level that are aligned with the workforce development efforts occurring through the community college Strong Workforce Program and regional priorities. The goal is to increase the levels of college and career readiness among students to support their successful transition from secondary education to post-secondary education and, ultimately, to career.

Applications for SWP funding are pathway-specific and project-based. They must align with regional Strong Workforce goals and plans, which may be reviewed here: https://nfnswp.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=822f3f02d4a54d4ab705afb91e4dfb83. In developing applications, Elk Grove Unified is also considering how projects can support achievement of the needs identified through the CTEIG planning process.

Applications for K12 SWP are being submitted March 15. Regional committees of representatives from K-12 and community colleges will evaluate the applications and make recommendations for funding to the Community College Board of Governors. Awards will be announced in April.