K12 Strong Workforce Program

K12 Strong Workforce Program

In summer 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. ("K12 Strong Workforce," California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, 2020, . 25 January 2020.)

The VCOE Career Education Department works closely with our regional community colleges in support of program development and seamless transitions for the 44,000 high school students in districts throughout Ventura County.

Expenditure Deadlines

Round 1 -  Final expenditure deadline 12/31/2021 (VCOE MOU, February 2019) 

Round 2 -  Final expenditure deadline 12/31/2022 (VCOE MOU, July 2020 - Healthcare, STEM, Media & Entrepreneurship/applications due December 2019)

Round 3 -  Final expenditure deadline 6/30/2023 (VCOE MOU, July 2021)

Round 4 -  Final expenditure deadline 6/30/2024 (applications due October 2021)


Activities for VCOE Consortium Partners

January 12, 2022 Round 2 & 3 work plan items; District Leads

February 1, 2022:  Round 4, Initial Grant Planning 

February 17, 2022:  Round 2, STEM: Project Management; STEM teachers

April 4, 5 & 6, 2022:  Round 2, Media: AME Leadership Virtual Institute; Middle School & High School Teachers.  Ventura County session, Monday, April 4, 4;15 pm. To obtain a registration code to attend, click here.


Teachers to schedule

  • Round 2, Healthcare: SAFEtalk Suicide Prevention, Asynchronous curriculum for high school pathway students, age 15+
  • Round 2, Healthcare: Field trips to community college healthcare programs, English Learners
  • Round 2, Healthcare:  Counselor/Healthcare Teachers, Get Focused, Stay Focused
  • Round 2, Media:  AME Leadership Institute, Virtual, April 4-6; Live in Burbank, June 2022; Middle and High School teachers


For District Partners: Click here to access details in our google folder.