The Career Advancement Academies (CAA) are designed to establish pipelines to careers and additional higher education opportunities for underprepared, underemployed young adults. The CAAs address foundational skills in reading, writing, and mathematics, in the context of particular career pathways. All CAAs build on partnerships between the local community colleges, employers, workforce boards, social service agencies and community based organizations.
Based on the first three years of implentation, state policy leaders, the California Community College system and the Department of Education agreed , that the CAA 3-year pilot project should receive continued funding for 2010-2011 and beyond. The CAAs will move forward in preparing our students to advance California’s economic growth and global competitiveness while simultaneously advancing the state's interests in an educated citizenry.
The Career Advancement Academies were funded by California Community College's Chancellor's Office via the state SB70 funds. The initiative also represents a public-private partnership with the philanthropic community funding the Career Ladders Project to provide technical assistance, dcoument the intiative, establish communities of practice across sites and coordinate independent evaluation and data collection activities. The Career Ladders Project, the system and the colleges have also partnered with Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) and Cal-PASS.
In January 2010, the California Community College Chancellor's Office established a new Career Advancement Academies RFA: CAA RFA 2010
For more information about the Career Ladders Project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.