Strong Workforce Program


April 17, 2019

The Strong Workforce Program is excited to announce the 2019 SWP Summer Externs! We received a record number of applications this year and are please to award externships to the following individuals:

Augustus Barone

Automotive, Motorcycle, Construction & Building Maintenance

Teri Ferrell

Broadcast Electronic Media Arts 

Hollie Fortkamp

Culinary Arts & Hospitality Studies

Tim Jonas

Visual Media Design

Annette Juilly


Carina Lin

New Student Counseling

Michele McKenzie

Library & Learning Resources



Funding News

December 5, 2019

Perkins/SWP RFP Now Available:
Request for Proposals (RFP) 2020-2021

Proposals due:
11:59 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2020


Request for Proposals (RFP) 2020-2021 Integrated Categorical Funding Opportunity Adult Education, Perkins, and Strong Workforce Program

We will be hosting workshops to assist interested applicants with the proposal development process for 2020-2021 Adult Education, Perkins and Strong Workforce Program Funding. Though not required, all interested parties are encouraged to attend one the following workshops. Fund managers are also available to provide additional technical assistance by appointment.

October 15, 2019
January 10, 2020

Presentation PDF
Additional Resources


DATE: Thursday, January 23, 2020
TITLE: “SWP, Perkins, Adult Education Program Funding Opportunity: Technical Assistance Webinar”

Webinar recording and presentation materials can be accessed using above links. In addition, the Office of Workforce and Economic Development is available to provide technical assistance during the application process. Please contact one of the following administrators if you have any questions:

John Halpin                                                                
Dean, Workforce Development    

Alina Varona
Associate Dean, Career Education Pathways, Strong Workforce Program

News Archive

February 26, 2018

Strong Workforce Program Externship Applications Now Open!

Strong Workforce Program is accepting applications for summer 2018 externships. Please carefully review the funding announcement and apply online (NOTE: please use Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer to apply online).

All applications must be received by no later than 5:00pm on March 16, 2018. 


February 6, 2018

Perkins/SWP Application Deadline Extended

The deadline to submit Perkins/SWP funding applications has been extended to 4:00pm on Monday, February 12, 2018. Please submit your completed application to the Perkins office in Cloud 404 (Ocean Campus) by this time. 


More news and announcements can be found in our news archive.

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January 25, 2018

Perkins/SWP RFP Workshop Content

Please review the following workshop content for support completing your Perkins/SWP application. Further questions can be directed to John Halpin at or Alina Varona at

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December 8, 2017

Perkins/SWP RFP Now Available

Request for Proposal (RFP) 2018-2019

Department Application 2018-2019

Collaborative Application 2018-2019

All applications must be received at the Perkins office at Cloud 404 (Ocean Campus) by no later than 4:00pm on Thursday, February 8, 2018.

The application deadline has been extended to 4:00pm on Monday, February 12, 2018.

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October 27, 2017

Perkins/SWP Allocation Subcommittee Meeting

The CTE Steering Committee Perkins/SWP Allocation Subcommittee Meeting will convene on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 10:00am-12:00pm at Rosenberg 518 to discuss proposed changes to the Perkins/SWP RFP timeline and review rubric. Please RSVP to All are welcome to attend.

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October 3, 2017

More & Better CTE at CCSF

More & Better CTE (MBCTE) is a statewide initiative developed by CCCAOE and supported by CCCCO Doing What Matters to empower CTE professionals to strengthen their programs by accessing state and regional resources, including Deputy Sector Navigators (DSNs) and the LaunchBoard data center.

MBCTE events are hosted at community colleges throughout the state, and the event at CCSF was held on October 3, 2017 from 12:00-6:00 in MUB 140.

Take a look at the More & Better CTE event page for more information.

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September 2017

Spring 2018 Class Section Rollover

Applications for Spring 2018 Class Section Rollover now closed.

Welcome to Strong Workforce Program

The Strong Workforce Program funding presents an exciting opportunity to strengthen Career and Technical Education enrollment at CCSF, address existing gaps in funding for CTE programs, spur innovation in CTE offerings, and put in place a solid infrastructure for CTE program delivery.

We will use this page to link to resources, meeting dates and post other relevant information. 

We are currently implementing the strategic plan that was approved in December 2016. We plan to update the plan as needed to meet future goals. Below is a link to the final plan. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to join upcoming meetings.

SWP Strategic Plan


January 2017

The Office of Workforce & Economic Development announces the release of the 2017-18 Applications for Perkins & Strong Workforce Program funds.  The Request for Proposals and application forms can be found on the Perkins Funding News page on our CTE website:

SWP Task Force Update:
The task force completed its 2016 goals and finalized the strategic plan for SWP funding. The Academic Senate approved the plan.

• Final SWP Strategic Plan (Word document)

The group will continue to meet in 2017 to discuss ways to optimize SWP funding.

Past Events


DECEMBER 5, 2016 3-5pm, MUB 240

1. Welcome – Beth Cataldo
a. Review of SWP Task Force work to date

2. Update/Work to Date on FY 2016-2017 SWP Expenditure Plan – Theresa Rowland
a. Update on progress to date
b. Review of timeline and tasks for completion

3. Discussion of Revised CCSF SWP Strategic Plan – Beth, Theresa
a. Review final draft of SWP Strategic Plan, incorporating feedback received to date
b. Recommendations for further changes to the revised SWP Strategic Plan
c. Discussion of Task Force recommendations for top two priorities

4. Discussion of CCSF SWP Allocation Process, FY 2017-2018 and beyond – Beth, John Halpin
a. Update on progress on combined CTE program application and opportunities for input

5. Regional SWP funding update

6. Next Steps – Beth, Theresa

Additional Meeting Dates for Fall 2016:

-- CTE Steering Committee Meeting:  Dec. 6, 10 am-12 pm

-- CTE Coffee Chat, Dec. 13 at 1:30 pm


NOVEMBER 21, 2016 3-5pm, MUB 240

1. Agenda

2. Discussion of second draft of SWP Strategic Plan
a. Review second draft of SWP Strategic Plan
b. Recommendations of further additions
c. Review of proposed attachments:
• Doing What Matters Strong Workforce Program Metrics
• Centers of Excellence (COE) Bay Area Regional Labor Market Assessment
• CCSF Office of Institutional Research and Planning Program Funding Matrix

3. Discussion of SWP Allocation Process
a. For FY 2016–17:
• Update on progress
• Review of FY 2016–17 Local Expenditure Plan memo and application
b. For next year and beyond
• Solicit input for combined CTE program application
• Discuss internal SWP allocations framework


NOVEMBER 7, 2016 3-5pm, MUB 240

1. Agenda

• Meeting Highlights (posted 11/9/16)

2. Review of Institutional Goals 
  a. Educational Master Plan and Board Goals
  b. Equity Plan Introduction
  c. Matrix of Different CCSF Initiatives and their focus 
  d. Initial Draft of CCSF SWP Strategic Plan

3. Discussion of SWP Strategic Plan and Allocation Process 
  a. Update from Theresa Rowland re: Progress on Local Expenditures for FY 16-17.
  b. Recommendations for SWP Strategic Plan content: CTE priorities for next three years (suggestions from faculty)
  c. Recommendations for internal SWP allocations process based on Perkins application process (discussion)

OCTOBER 24, 2016 3-5pm
• Powerpoint
• Meeting Highlights


The CCSF Office of Workforce and Economic Development and the Office of Research and Planning will offer a CTE workshop on sources for gathering program and labor market data on November 2, 1:30 – 3:00pm in the TLC in Batmale Hall 313. Contact David Agam [] in Research & Planning for more information.

Professional Development

Lunch and Learn Seminars Archive

Thurs, 10/27/16, Noon

CTE Communication Strategy: The Rebranding of CTE in California Community Colleges with a Spotlight on EPI Tools

Watch Recording

Thurs, 11/03/16, Noon

Enhancing Employability Skills: The New World of Work, 21st Century Skills (Curriculum)

Watch Recording

Thurs, 11/10/16, Noon

Transition Strategy: Strengthening the College & Career Ready Pipeline with “Get Focused...Stay Focused!”

Watch Recording

Thurs, 11/17/16, Noon

Enhancing Career Pathway Knowledge: Bolstering the Mission of the CCC with Career Pathways


Thurs, 12/01/16, Noon

Growing Our Knowledge of Work-Based Learning: Investigating the Work Based Courses Online Toolkit 


Thurs, 12/08/16, Noon

Enhancing Our Perspective of Exit Points: The Relevance of Third Party Credentials in Student and Workforce Progression


Thurs, 12/15/16, Noon

Student Success Strategies: The Convergence of the Strong Workforce Implementation with SSSP & Student Equity