California Education

Meeting the Challenges of our Workforce and Job Training Needs

Maintaining California's competitive edge will depend on the state's ability to link education and the economy and fill the workforce needs of the jobs of the future. In order for the state to meet growing workforce shortages in a number of industries, the education system must provide sufficient secondary and postsecondary technical training programs in strategic sectors such as health care, green technology, information technology, manufacturing, and others.

The State recognizes the value of skilled labor and through its numerous workforce development and job training programs, demonstrates its commitment to enhancing the skills of California's workforce and expanding access to training and apprenticeship programs that increase opportunities and income for California workers. At the same time, the State aims to help meet businesses' rapidly increasing workforce needs as well as to promote job creation.

Know when and how CalABC achieves Career Technical Education (CTE) Coalition goals in the legislative session.

CA Edu Mission
California will provide a world-class education for all students, from early childhood to adulthood. The Department of Education serves our state by innovating and collaborating with educators, schools, parents, and community partners. Together, as a team, we prepare students to live, work, and thrive in a highly connected world.

Career Technical Education
A program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.

CalABC and its Allies
In the Career Technical Education (CTE) Coalition achieved major goals in the legislative session. The CTE budget for high schools was increased 500%; the school bonds passed by the voters include $500,000,000 for new laboratory facilities; and students can now use qualified CTE courses as part of their college admission credits.

Restoring Career Technical Education to California High Schools

Dear Colleagues:

The momentum to restore a forward-looking, effective Career Technical Education (CTE) curriculum in California's K-12 public schools was greatly increased when the voters passed Proposition 1-D. That education bond measure authorized $500 million for the construction of and upgrades to CTE facilities in our public high schools.

There are some important requirements for school districts to qualify to receive these moneys. First, the district will have to match the grant dollar for dollar. Secondly, it must have an active industry advisory committee that participates in the design and support of the district's CTE programs.

This is where you come in.

If you already participate in a school district CTE advisory committee, please contact your auto shop teacher and discuss with him or her what the program's needs are, and how you can assist in getting the district to make an application for the grant money. Information on how to apply for these grants can be found on the California Department of Education web site,,
or by clicking here.

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    2. All the information and documents on the ATTS program
    3. Summary of the activities to promote ATTS and revitalize Career Technical Education

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    2. Access to the work we're doing with CAT
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