Strong Workforce Program

About the Strong Workforce Program (SWP)

The Strong Workforce Program (SWP) is an initiative aimed at strengthening and expanding career education and workforce training programs at California community colleges. The program is designed to address the workforce needs of California's regional economies by providing funding and support for career technical education (CTE) programs.

SWP funding allocations should be used to meet the intent of the program to accomplish the following:

  1. Increase the number of students in quality career technical education (CTE) courses, programs, and pathways that will achieve successful workforce outcomes; and
  2. Increase the number of quality career technical education courses, programs, and pathways that lead to successful workforce outcomes, or invest in new or emerging career technical education courses, programs, and pathways that may become operative in subsequent years and are likely to lead to successful workforce outcomes.
  3. Funding allocations should align with Cañada College goals as outlined in the Educational Master Plan.


Do you have an idea that might work for SWP funding? If so...

  1. Make an appointment with the Director of Workforce Development, Jasmine Jaciw.
  2. Fill out the SWP Application as best you can.
  3. The Director of Workforce Development will contact you to follow up on your application. 



Cañada College established the Strong Workforce Tri-Chair Committee to evaluate and authorize proposals for SWP funding.

2023 - 2024 Committee Membership

  • Dean of the Business, Design, and Workforce Division: Hyla Lacefield
  • Academic Senate CTE Faculty Liaison: Dr. Candice Nance
  • Director of Workforce Development: Jasmine Jaciw

The committee's proposal approval process is by a majority vote.

The following are the strong Workforce Committee meeting dates, agendas, minutes, and materials. Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 11 am to 12 noon unless noted otherwise below. Meetings are held both in-person and over Zoom.

Meeting Date Agenda Minutes Materials
7/12/2023 Agenda Minutes  
9/13/2023 Agenda Minutes  
10/30/2023 Agenda Minutes  
11/8/2023 Agenda Minutes  
11/16/2023 Agenda Minutes  
11/21/2023 Agenda Minutes  
11/28/2023 Agenda Minutes  
12/5/2023 Agenda Minutes

Strong Workforce Roles and Duties

CTE Liaison Description and Announcement (Spring 2023)

12/12/2023 Agenda Minutes 


1/16/2024 Agenda Minutes 


1/23/2024 Agenda  Minutes 


1/30/2024 Agenda  Minutes  

Meeting canceled - no agenda items

2/13/2024 Agenda Minutes


*Monday, 4/22/2024, 9:30 - 10:30 am


Minutes - DRAFT


*Monday, 5/13/2024, 12 - 1 pm

Agenda - DRAFT




No meeting

(Finals week)



View agendas and minutes from previous years.

The committee established the following Strong Workforce Program (SWP) proposal process to be considered for SWP funding:


Submittal Process

  • Cañada College faculty, staff, and administration are invited to submit SWP funding requests for career-focused projects.
  • The program review process should be used to initiate, identify and prioritize resource requests.
  • Requests outside of program review are accepted through the year and funded when possible and appropriate.
  • Applications are submitted through the online SWP proposal form.

Award Process

  • The Strong Workforce Program Tri-Chair Committee will review all proposals in a timely manner. The three committee chairs will vote on applications. Proposals are awarded if the committee process results in a majority vote.
  • For proposals over $50,000, the request will be submitted to VP Weekly through your respective VP.
  • Upon the committee’s vote, all funding proposals will receive an email response from the Director of Workforce Development within seven days to inform the applicant if the proposal has been approved, declined, or is pending.

For assistance with the application process, contact the Director of Workforce Development. For questions regarding program creation or rejuvenation, including updating curriculum, contact the CTE Liaison.