Increasing Opportunities for Apprenticeships, Internships, and Skill-Building
Apprenticeships, internships, and skill-building opportunities are a valuable tool in employment pathways, as they expand access to high-paying, skilled jobs in sectors with high demand. Merging education and workforce development is a key strategy to combat employment inequity and diversify economic success. Through targeted initiatives and projects, FoundationCCC provides guidance and technical assistance for starting and maintaining apprenticeship programs, and connects networks of practitioners to share knowledge and best practices for developing high-quality skill-building and career opportunities.
Career CatalystEasing the implementation of paid work experience programs.
Career Catalyst is a suite of services for organizations who are seeking to offer paid work experience. The tool allows organizations to hire interns and temporary employees, while FoundationCCC assumes liability and serves as the employer of record, administering payroll, managing workers’ compensation, and addressing human resource needs.
Private companies, industry associations, state and local agencies, workforce intermediaries, colleges, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to work with Career Catalyst, which can provide support for short-term, part-time, summer, and full-time employment to connect workers with the skills they need to be successful in their future careers.Learn more
Fresh SuccessHelping low-income Californians succeed in the workforce.
Fresh Success helps community colleges and community-based organizations and adult education centers start and manage CalFresh Employment and Training programs, which help CalFresh participants gain education and training that will lead to better employment and a path to economic self-sufficiency. FoundationCCC provides tools, templates, training, and technical assistance to ease the start-up process, support effective program practices, and help manage federal funding.Learn more
Grow Apprenticeship CaliforniaExpanding apprenticeship opportunities and ensuring equitable access statewide.
Grow Apprenticeship California, an initiative of FoundationCCC, helps to expand and scale Apprenticeship and pre-Apprenticeship programs in new and innovative sectors to connect all Californians to good jobs with family-sustaining wages and advancement opportunities. Through the creation of a community of practice and providing resources for technical assistance, Grow Apprenticeship California supports the creation of Apprenticeship opportunities statewide.Learn more opens in a new window
LAUNCH Apprenticeship NetworkProviding equitable access to quality apprenticeship opportunities for Californians.
Formed in 2018, the LAUNCH Apprenticeship Network partners with community colleges, high schools, and universities to build a dynamic workforce development system that connects businesses, job seekers, and career-builders to apprenticeship programs. LAUNCH uses an integrated apprenticeship-centered higher education model to serve as an intermediary for apprenticeship opportunities for businesses, schools, and students and aims to elevate work-based degree pathways as premier academic and career options for students.Learn more opens in a new window
Regional K-16 Education Collaboratives Grant ProgramSupporting Pathways to Reduce Inequities
The Regional K-16 Education Collaboratives Grant Program (K-16 Program) is part of a statewide strategy for strengthening education-to-workforce pathways and ensuring that education, vocational, and workforce programs work in partnership to address the income, racial, and gender inequalities in education and employment. In partnership with the California Department of General Services and Office of Public School Construction, FoundationCCC helped launch and continue to administer the competitive grant program to support regional K-16 education collaboratives that create streamlined pathways from high school to postsecondary education and into the workforce.Learn more opens in a new window
Student Training & Employment Program (STEP)Workforce Development | Student-Focused | Mission Aligned
Established in 2018, the Student Training & Employment Program (STEP), in a coordinated effort by the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and FoundationCCC, funds work readiness and paid work experiences, encourages local partnerships, and serves students statewide by providing job preparation training, including job exploration, workplace readiness skills training, and work-based learning experiences, as well as summer work experience to students with disabilities.Learn more