Career Catalyst (Career Pathway)

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Workforce experience. Simplified.

The Foundation has been supporting student jobs since 1998 through our Career Pathway service, which enabled state agencies to hire interns and temporary employees while the Foundation carried the burden of liability, human resources, and payroll needs. 

Today, the Foundation has expanded this well-known service beyond the public sector into our Career Catalyst signature service. Career Catalyst is a suite of services for organizations who are seeking to offer paid work experience. The Foundation assumes liability, performs all necessary human resource functions, and ensures these individuals are compensated for their work at the employer site. We provide the tools, materials, and expertise necessary to support employers and ensure workers gain knowledge of the skills and attributes necessary to be successful in the workplace.

Career Catalyst services are available to organizations throughout California. Our services can support short-term, part-time, summer and full-time employment. Career Catalyst serves private companies, industry associations, state and local agencies, workforce intermediaries, colleges, and non-profit organizations. Employers are encouraged to also use the Foundation's LaunchPath online matching tool to post positions, recruit students, and manage student positions.

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Students and job-seekers

Internships and other work-based learning opportunities offer candidates an opportunity to develop the skills needed to succeed in the workforce and gain experience in their fields of study. Get started by joining LaunchPath and searching for an internship. 

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Career Catalyst simplifies the process of creating a work experience position for employers by handling "back office" administrative tasks like payroll, record-keeping, and more, allowing employers to focus on creating meaningful work experiences. 

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Faculty and Staff 

High school and college faculty and staff play an integral role in helping improve the workforce readiness in regions throughout the state. Join LaunchPath to learn how you can help facilitate internships and other work-based learning opportunities for your students. 

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Contact Us

Tim Aldinger
Director of Workforce Development Services
T: 916.491.4499

Nicole Scholes
Workforce Development Specialist
T: 916.325.8578
F: 916.325.8565

Fact Sheet

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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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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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