Workforce Development

What We Do  /  Workforce Development

Building the tools to develop California's workforce.

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. 

Current Programs

California Apprenticeship Initiative

The Foundation’s workforce development department supports the creation of apprenticeship opportunities through its involvement with the California Apprenticeship Initiative (CAI), a grant opportunity offered by the CCCCO to support the creation of new apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship training programs. The Foundation provides technical assistance to 23 colleges through coaching to increase student and employer engagement and fostering a shared community of practice for college supervisors of apprenticeship programs.
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Career Catalyst

Career Catalyst, formerly known as Career Pathway, is the Foundation's first internship services program. Since 1998, this service has simplified the process of creating internship positions by managing back-office support services for employers and assisting companies with finding qualified students. Today, the Foundation has expanded this well-known service beyond the public sector into our Career Catalyst signature service.  
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Digital Badging 

Online badges are a visual way to showcase industry sector skills, career readiness, and success in internships. Users can collect badges from multiple sources, including the Foundation's LaunchPath platform, and display them across the web on job applications and social networking websites like LinkedIn. 
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Here to Career Mobile App

In collaboration with the Chancellor’s Office and Young Invincibles, the Foundation is working to create a mobile application for low-income students and families. The goal is to provide low-income Latino families, specifically in the Inland Empire, with access to information about college and career. 
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The LaunchPath online matching tool helps high school and college students secure internships and other work-based learning opportunities that align with their major or career pathway. LaunchPath is developing the technology to take work-based learning to scale throughout California and beyond.
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NSF Alliance for Innovation 

The National Science Foundation is offering supplemental funds to small businesses to engage California Community College students in innovative research. The Alliance for Innovation Program aims to help businesses and colleges secure this funding.
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Nursing Investment Fund

The Foundation maintains a $15 million investment fund to support nursing education in the California Community College system. This fund is used to provide grants to colleges and students.
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Nursing Resource Center 

The Nursing Resource Center is a suite of Internet-based services that helps maximize nursing education capacity in your region by streamlining placements and exposing new opportunities for school-hospital relationships.
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Smog Technician Training 

Automotive technology students enrolled in the Student Technician Training Program gain paid experience while training to become licensed smog technicians. Over 100 students are trained through this program each year.

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Workforce Services

The Foundation supports employers, high school students, college students, and educators to develop programs and systems that create and sustain a diverse, well prepared, workforce.

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Contact Us

Workforce and LaunchPath

Tim Aldinger
Director of Workforce Development Services
T: 916.491.4499

Air Quality and Environmental

Iris Aguilar
Special Projects Manager of Air Quality & Program Development
T: 916.325.1858

Health Care

Kathy DeGuerre
Manager of Health Care Programs
T: 916.325.1853


Nancy Pryor
External Affairs Manager
T: 916.498.6702

Key Partners

  • Young Invincibles
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • National Science Foundation
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • California Institute for Nursing & Health Care 
  • Bureau of Automotive Repair

Foundation for California
Community Colleges

1102 Q Street, Suite 4800
Sacramento, CA 95811

Toll Free: 866.325.3222
Fax: 916.325.0844

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Supporting our Work

Help the Foundation further its mission to benefit, support, and enhance the California Community Colleges.

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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 113 colleges and 72 districts, serving 2.1 million students.

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