Ramping Up in California
It’s a busy time in California for both our regional Pathways to Prosperity teams and for Jobs for the Future. We opened our new Oakland-based office in February 2015, and JFF Vice President Joel Vargas is heading the new West Coast team that is expanding JFF’s capacity to go deep in various regions across California that are seeking to build and expand educational and career pathways for youth.
As you may know, in 2013, the California State Legislature authorized a $500 million investment, the California Career Pathways Trust, to support regional pathways development. Half of the funding was awarded in May of 2014 to consortia of school districts, postsecondary institutions, workforce intermediaries, and employers through a competitive grant application process. Currently, 39 grantees are in the midst of rolling out their first year of program implementation, which JFF is supporting by providing technical assistance and coaching resources to consortia across the state. The second round of funding, in the amount of $250 million, will be awarded this spring.
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