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Preparing California’s students for tomorrow’s workforce.

The Foundation supports employers, high school, and college students and staff in developing programs and systems that create and sustain a diverse, well prepared workforce.

The Foundation’s Workforce Services team develops tools, materials, events, and workshops to support programs and systems of work-based learning. Our team’s expertise is in actively engaging businesses, educational institutions, and students to support the future workforce of California. We partner with other non-profits, workforce investment boards, colleges, high schools, and private funders.

While the Foundation has been placing college and university students in jobs since 1998, much of our work across the state is newly emerging. Today’s businesses, postsecondary institutions, workforce investment boards, secondary schools, public funders, and private donors all seek to address issues central to preparing youth for future career success, and the Foundation’s Workforce Services are creating the infrastructure to help these individuals work together to develop lasting solutions.

Current Programs and Services

Career Catalyst 
Our signature service, Career Catalyst, supports public and private employers interested in offering student jobs and internships. Career Catalyst offers a suite of services that are designed to remove the burden of finding, processing, and compensating student positions. These services can support employers new to the arena of internships and student jobs or provide efficiency to employers that are seeking to streamline their talent development initiatives. 

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The LaunchPath work-based learning management tool helps connect high school and college students to employers for meaningful internships. The tool uses an algorithm that matches employers’ skill needs in specific positions with students who possess those skills based on their major, career pathway, experiences, and interests. LaunchPath is developing the technology to take work-based learning to scale throughout California and beyond.

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Featured Projects

Aerojet RocketDyne successfully hosts first high school intern

Aerojet RocketDyne recently discovered a robotics engineering intern through LaunchPath. Although initially planning on hiring a college intern, LaunchPath’s algorithm suggested additional qualified students, including a high school Engineering & Design pathway student. This meaningful internship opportunity is not only proof that effort pays off, but has motivated her to continue dreaming big and working hard.

Feather River Community College and USDA Forest Service

Feather River College and the Plumas National Forest Service recently onboarded 20 student interns through LaunchPath, as a way of giving real world work experience to college students and highlighting awareness about managing public lands. These internships give students an exciting opportunity to meet others and work in a variety of fields, including wildlife biology, forestry, and archaeology.

News and Opportunities

Linked Learning Work-Based Learning Program grants awarded

Six California Community Colleges across the state have won the opportunity to partner with local linked learning high schools and business partners to develop high-quality career awareness, exploration, and preparation activities for students. High school and community college students will participate in activities in key workforce sectors, including engineering and advanced manufacturing, health care and biotechnology, advanced transportation, and information and communication technology. 

There are also two colleges developing high quality externship programs for faculty in these same sectors.


T: 888.278.4834

Tim Aldinger
Director of Workforce Development
T: 916.491.4499

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

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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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