Flagship Initiatives

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Workforce Development

Building the tools to develop California's workforce.

Workforce Development is the Foundation’s current flagship fundraising initiative. The Foundation’s commitment to workforce development began with a $100,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase to support a series of Strong Workforce Town Halls, as part of the newly-launched California Community College Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation and a Strong Economy. In alignment with the new Taskforce, we continue to raise the profile of workforce development within our advancement efforts. 

Our learning and workforce development programs improve student opportunities to enter the workforce, enhance learning opportunities for high school and college students, and help shape our state's future workforce. Workforce development has been a core focus since our inception, starting with our Career Pathway Internship Services Program in 1998 and the Smog Check Technician Training Program in 2004. Our most recent project is the LaunchPath digital matching platform, which connects students and employers to facilitate work-based learning opportunities.

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Student Success Flagship Initiative

Student Success

Accelerating student success in the California Community Colleges.

In 2012, student success became the Foundation's flagship fundraising effort. The Foundation’s involvement with student success began with an educational policy grant from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ California Education Policy Fund, established in 2011 with a leadership gift from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to support the project “Accelerating Student Success in the California Community Colleges.” This project was part of the Foundation’s efforts to champion and support the California Community Colleges Student Success Initiative—a widespread effort to promote student success in the Community College system. 

During this time, we also worked with the Chancellor’s Office on two important projects: the statewide Step:Forward priority registration awareness campaign, which increases student awareness of priority actions required to succeed in college, and the Success Center for California Community Colleges, which acts as a hub of support for statewide student success projects.  

Today, Student Success continues to be a key focus for the Foundation, and plays a part in many of our programs, projects, and initiatives. 

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Scholarship Endowment Flagship Initiative

Scholarship Endowment

Making possibility permanent.

Student scholarships was the Foundation's first flagship fundraising initiative. Over the course of three years, California Community Colleges raised $76 million for a permanent scholarship fund that will support students who struggle to afford the ever-rising cost of an education. This endowment funds at least 3,380 scholarships every year. 

The Endowment and corresponding three-year fundraising campaign were made possible thanks to the generosity of The Bernard Osher Foundation. In May 2008, The Osher Foundation made a historic pledge to the California Community Colleges, giving an unprecedented lead gift of $25 million to establish the endowment, and committing additional match dollars for amounts raised by the system. The result today is a $76 million scholarship fund that will provide much-needed financial support to students at each and every California Community College, forever.

The Foundation continues to manage the scholarship process today, and receives no administrative fees. All proceeds directly support California Community College students and their education. 

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Who we serve

The Foundation serves as the official foundation supporting the Board of Governors, Chancellor’s Office, and the entire California Community College system, including 114 colleges and 72 districts, serving 2.1 million students.

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