K12 Strong Workforce Program

K-12 Strong Workforce Program (SWP)

In 2018 the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), in partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE), introduced the K12 Strong Workforce Program (K12 SWP). K12 SWP is the bridge that connects CTE programs at the K12 level to their CTE counterparts at California community colleges. The K12 component of the SWP program appropriates $150,000,000 in annual ongoing career education funding to strengthen the pathways for students from secondary to post-secondary education.

K12 SWP stakeholders include Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), community colleges, and collaborative partners from industry, nonprofit, public service, and community service areas. K12 SWP focuses on creating, supporting, and/or expanding high-quality career education programs at the K12 level that are aligned with the workforce development efforts occurring through the community college Strong Workforce Program (SWP) and Los Angeles regional priorities. Ultimately, combining K12 SWP and SWP efforts will increase career readiness and support successful transition from education to career.

K12 SWP funds are awarded to LEAs through a competitive process. K12 SWP incentivizes LEAs to partner with one or more community colleges or community college districts that are already immersed in strong workforce efforts. This cross-systems partnership enables the development of coherent programming in K14 CTE programs of study and pathways designed to support students’ upward mobility in the region’s industry sectors. The partnership also enables an LEA to use a partnering community college’s SWP funds as match funds, a requirement of K12 SWP.

There are two primary objectives of K12 SWP. The first is to support essential collaboration across the K12 and community college system, with involvement from industry and organizations, in strengthening CTE programs and pathways aligned with regional workforce needs. The second is to support LEAs in developing and implementing high-quality K14 CTE course sequences, programs, and pathways that facilitate K12 career exploration and the selection of learning opportunities that lead to careers. This includes building foundational career path skills and knowledge, enabling a seamless and successful transition from secondary to postsecondary education within the same or related career paths, certificate/degree completions, transfers to 4-year institutions, and preparing students upon completion of education to enter into occupations for which there is documented demand and which pay a living wage.

LA K-12 Key Talent

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Linda Bermudez
K14 Technical Assistance Provider
LA Region

lbermudez7@pasadena.edu
Office: 626-585-7445

Tammy Mazziotti

Tammy Mazziotti
K-12 Pathway Coordinator
Citrus CCD

tmazziotti@esgvrop.org
Office: 626-253-1222

Candice Marsano

Candice Marsano
K12 Pathway Coordinator
Rio Hondo CCD

cmarsano@tricitiesrop.org
Office: (562) 698-9571
Mobile: 909-225-1373

Kim Irons

Kim Irons
K12 Pathway Coordinator
El Camino CCD

ironsk@cvuhsd.org
Office: 310-263-3223
Mobile: ‪424-240-5781‬

Giovanna Santiago

Giovanna Santigao
K12 Pathway Coordinator
Pasadena City CCD

gsantiago@sgvrop.org
Office: 626-364-1914

Sabrina Ruiz Emmons

Sabrina Ruiz-Emmons
K12 Pathway Coordinator
Glendale CCD

sabrinaruiz-emmons@burbankusd.org
Office: 909-566-1418

Daisy Asotrga

Daisy Astorga
K12 Pathway Coordinator
Long Beach City CCD

cmarsano@tricitiesrop.org
Office: 310-886-1600

Bonny Najar

Bonny Najar
K12 Pathway Coordinator
Compton CCD

bnajar@mylusd.org
Office: 310-886-1600

Joanne Nazarian

Joanne Nazarian
K-12 Pathway Coordinator
Santa Monica CCD

joannenazarian@ccusd.org
Office: 310-853-3832

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Michael Dean
K12 Pathway Coordinator
Los Angeles CCD

mseank12swp@gmail.com
Office: 213-373-1207

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K12 Pathway Coordinator
Mt. Sac

Adele Cuevas

Adele Cuevas
K12 Pathway Coordinator
Cerritos CDD

acuevas@tricitiesrop.org
Office: 562-320-1590

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