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K12 SWP RFA & Resources

K-12 Strong Workforce Program (SWP)

California’s K12 Strong Workforce Program (SWP) is an initiative designed to:

Support K–12 local education agencies (LEAs) in creating, improving, and expanding career technical education (CTE) courses, course sequences, programs of study, and pathways for students transitioning from secondary education to postsecondary education to living-wage employment. And; 

Further improve response to workforce demands, and deliver the skill sets required by our local employers. To implement the SWP, seven regional consortia were established by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to provide leadership in the creation and implementation of career education. The North/ Far North Regional Consortium is charged with coordinating the planning and implementation of the program in the North/ Far North (NFN) Region of California. 

Primary Objectives:

The primary objectives of K12 SWP are the following:

  • To support essential collaboration across education systems between the K–12 sector and community colleges, or intersegmental partnerships, with involvement from industry businesses and organizations in strengthening CTE programs and pathways aligned with regional workforce needs
  • To support LEAs in developing and implementing high-quality, K–14 CTE course sequences, programs, and pathways that:
    •  Facilitate K–12 student exploration and selection of learning opportunities leading to career paths
    • Build foundational career path skills and knowledge essential to subsequent success in college and early career exploration
    • Enable a seamless and successful transition from secondary to postsecondary education within the same or related career paths
    • Lead to completion of industry-valued certificates, degrees, or transfers to four-year university or college
    • Prepare students upon completion of education to enter into employment in occupations for which there is documented demand and which pay a livable wage
    • Contribute toward meeting the projected need for one million completers of CTE programs aligned with the state’s labor markets.

Important Links

20/21 K12 RFA  Timeline

The timeline from the CO / CDE  is as follows:

August 27 – October 16, 2020 - K12 SWP Online Application submission window in NOVA 

September 9, 2020  - Regional Engagement Information Sessions

September 18, 2020 - NOVA platform applicant training

October 16, 2020 - K12 SWP Applications due in NOVA system

October 19 – November 20, 2020 - K12 Selection Committees review applications and submit nominations of proposed grantees

November 25, 2020 - K12 SWP preliminary awards announced 

 

December 9, 2020 - Appeals due to SWP Regional Consortium

January 15, 2021 - SWP Regional Consortia communicate intent to award funds to LEAs and initiate subcontract process