Center For Workforce Development Grants (CWD)
The CWD submitted 20 grants between May 2011 and December. 2013. Grant awards have supported six CWD programs, across all three instructional divisions. We received 11 grant awards, 3 grants pending, and more under construction. We have enrolled over 100 new, unduplicated, students to date. We have received grant awards from a variety of funding organizations including: the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, CSU/Irvine Foundation, Dept. of Labor, San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board, Dept. of Health and Human Services, and the Wells Fargo Foundation.
Developing new programs often requires new resources and external partnerships. That means grant research, development and writing are daily activities at the CWD. We scan national, statewide and regional grant solicitations regularly. We research to find the best opportunities for our community needs, college goals, and industry demand. To optimize the process of selecting grant proposals, we developed a decision-making model that identifies four driving forces in order to include all stakeholders and perspectives. These forces are: Demographic Needs, College Goals, Industry Demand, and Funding. We evaluate various factors within these four forces to make informed decisions for all stakeholders.
Our Choosing What Matters decision-making process keeps us focused on supporting and developing workforce programs most aligned with Cañada’s Strategic and Educational Master Plans. We also provide labor market data and industry trend information to students, staff and faculty to help find funding, write compelling proposals, connect with employers, and meet community needs. We strengthen external partnerships and foster civic engagement by partnering with businesses, industry organizations and workforce development agencies and foundations. Our regional partners are part of the statewide Doing What Matters initiative, strengthening all college programs in response to employer’s needs.
To learn more about Doing What Matters, please view the following video clip: