Improving Online CTE Pathways Grant Program

Learn about the good work of our grantees.

Program Deliverables: 792 New online courses developed and/or converted to Online.  216 new online programs/pathways. 191 improved programs/pathways.
American River College, Cosumnes River College & Sacramento City College
Addressing the Regional Cybersecurity Talent Shortage: Building a Jointly Offered Program
Bakersfield College
CTE Goes Online
Berkeley City College
Innovative CTE Online Pathway Development and Quality Assurance for Student Success
Cabrillo College
Improving Online CTE Pathways (IOCP) Program
Cañada College
Online Expansion for Student Success and Job Attainment
Chabot College
Improving Online CTE Pathways Project
Chaffey College
Chaffey College Virtual Center for Career Pathways (CCVCCP)
Clovis Community College
Developing Fully Online Pathways and Infrastructure Support
Coast Community College District
Improving Online CTE Pathways at Coast Colleges
College of Alameda
Online Career Education Opportunities ([email protected])
College of Marin
Creating Online CTE Pathways
College of the Canyons
Strengthening CTE with Course Design and OER
College of the Canyons
Technical Support for OER/ZTC Grantees
College of the Desert
Improving Online Career and CTE Education Pathways
College of the Sequoias
COS Online Pathways
College of the Siskiyous
Closing the Gap between Equity, Access, and Employment Opportunities through an Online Administration of Justice Program
Contra Costa College
Improving the Quality and Increasing the Quantity of Online CTE Pathways
Cosumnes River College & Folsom Lake College
Accelerated Pathways to Careers in Health Information Management and the Public Sector
Cuyamaca College
Increasing Access to High-Wage Automotive Careers
Diablo Valley College
Online Certificates in High-Demand, High-Wage Fields
Evergreen Valley College
Online Certificates: Pathways to Career Success
Foothill College
Promoting Online Workforce Engagement and Resources (POWER)
Gavilan College
To Achieve Employment Equity in Southern Silicon Valley
Grossmont College
Skills Building for Technologies
Hartnell College
Ready | Set | Go
Imperial Valley College
Imperial Valley Online Career Education
Lake Tahoe Community College
Tahoe Pathways: Creating Online CTE Opportunities for All
Laney College
Improving Online CTE Pathways with a Focus on ESOL and Adult Students
Las Positas College
Business Access N Quality (BANQ)
Lassen College
Strengthening Online Career Training for Agriculture, Small Business and Computer Science Programs
Long Beach City College
CTE Online Teaching Improvement Project (COTIP)
Los Angeles City College
Online Innovation Project
Los Angeles Pierce College
Improving CTE Pathways through Online Classes
Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
CTE Online Pathways to Career, Academic and Transfer Success
Los Angeles Valley College
Project HOPE (Having Online Positive Experiences)
Los Medanos College
LMC Virtual Pathways
Los Rios Community College District
Scaling Up a Local Course Review Process to Improve Los Rios Colleges’ CTE Programs
Merced College
Innovative Hub for Online Programs and Education (i.HOPE): Expanding and Improving Online CTE
Merritt College
Accelerating Online CE Pathways to Employment
MiraCosta College
Online Social Work and Human Services Program
Modesto Junior College
Building MJC Capacity for Online Education Scale, Impact, and Equity (MJC Online)
Monterey Peninsula College
MPC Online Course Design Academy
Moorpark College
Improving Online CTE Pathways: Business/Accounting, Hospitality Management, Child Development and Journalism/Public Relations
Mt. San Antonio College
Promoting Success for Online Students and Faculty
Mt. San Antonio College
Expanding Online Pathways and Increasing CTE Completion
Mt. San Jacinto College
IT FasTrack: Online Pathways to Successful IT Careers
Norco College
Improving Online CTE Pathways Grant Program
Palomar College
Meeting San Diego Regional Workforce Needs with CTE Programs (PCO)
Peralta Community College District
Peralta CTE Online Equity Initiative
Porterville College
Online Career Ready
Reedley College
Expanding Online CTE Certificate Pathways and ZTC Options
Rio Hondo College
CTE – Support for Teaching Robust Online New Programs for Gainful Employment (CTE-STRONG)
Sacramento City College
Wraparound Student Services: A Robust Student Academic Technology Support Plan to Address Equity Achievement Gaps Districtwide
Saddleback College
Bridging Gaps and Increasing Quality in CTE Online Education Pathways
San Bernardino Valley College
Creating and Expanding Quality Accessible Online Pathways for Students
San Diego Continuing Education
Project WIN (Workforce Innovation Now): Initiatives to Support Immediate Online Growth and Quality
San Diego Miramar College
San Diego Pathways Online
San Joaquin Delta College
CTE Pathways to Early Childhood Education and Education Certificates
Santa Monica College
Accelerating Online Career Education Success @ SMC
Santa Rosa Junior College
Supporting Quality Online Workforce Programs (SCOWP)
Santiago Canyon College
SCC Online CTE Pathways Grant
Shasta College
CTE Online Education Pathways
Skyline College
Transformative & Equity-Focused Online Workforce Preparation: Designing Pathways for Tomorrow’s Ever-Changing Careers
Southwestern College
Equitable Online Pathways for Southwestern College’s CTE Students
Taft College
Building and Improving Online CTE Certificates
Ventura College
AdvancED: Online Learning to Meet Regional Workforce Needs
Victor Valley College
High Desert Online Education for Local In-Demand Sectors Pathways Project (HD In-Demand)
West Valley College
Building Exemplary Courses for the Online Accounting Clerk Certificate
Woodland Community College
Innovation Entrepreneurship Preparation for Regional Economic Vitality
Yuba College
CTE Distance Education Expansion 2019

For a full announcement, please read the complete award memo.


With an open access mission, the California Community Colleges are positioned to support our diverse population to increase wages and improve social mobility in a rapidly changing economy.  In addition to the formation of a new online community college, the California legislature and governor have provided funding to support existing California Community Colleges in accelerating innovative online learning opportunities leading to increased employ-ability and upward mobility for working Californians.

The Budget Act of 2018 (SB840) and trailer bill (SB843) appropriate one-time funds of $35 million to the Online Education Initiative (through Foothill – De Anza Community College District as grantee and fiscal agent) to develop online programs and courses that do either of the following:

(a)   (1) Lead to short-term, industry-valued certificates or credentials, or programs.

        (2) Enable a student in a pathway developed by the California Online Community College to continue his or her education in a career pathway offered by an existing community college.

(b)    The Online Education Initiative shall develop application criteria and guidelines to administer the program. The criteria and guidelines shall not grant preference to either option specified in subdivision (a).

A male college student sits in front of a computer screen displaying CAD software.

In California, 2.5 million adults in the prime working ages of 25 to 34 have only a high school diploma or some college but no degree. Demographic data shows an additional 6.2 million adults with the same level of educational attainment between the ages of 35 to 65 could also benefit from additional access to online education opportunities linked to increased employability and industry-valued credentials or programs (source: California Department of Finance; California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office).

Online education in the California Community Colleges is demonstrating a strong trend of continued success over time.  Data from the California Community Colleges Distance Education Report show a trend of continued improvement in online course completion rates from 2013-14 to 2016-17.  One third of students in the California Community Colleges system now take at least one class online, and the statewide average rate of student success has closed to within four percent of the statewide average for traditional campus-based courses.

The Improving Online CTE Pathways grant program has been developed by the California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) pursuant to the allocation of $35 million in one-time funding through the Budget Act of 2018 (SB840) and the trailer bill (SB843) and with direction from the Board of Governors and Chancellor’s Office of the California Community Colleges.

Grant Information

The California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) Improving Online CTE Pathways grant program provides competitive grants to community college districts to develop online programs and courses that support either of the following:

  1. Lead to short-term, industry-valued certificates or credentials, or programs.
  2. Enable a student in a pathway developed by the California Online Community College to continue his or her education in a career pathway offered by an existing community college.

Grants may range in size from tens of thousands of dollars up to several hundred thousand dollars, however, they may not exceed $500,000 per college/district. Projects are to be implemented within the one year funding timeframe. Additionally, grants may be awarded to individual college or districts, or multiple colleges and/or districts working together as partners. Grants will be administered by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, serving as the fiscal agent for the CVC-OEI.

Depending on total funds awarded, CVC-OEI may issue additional calls for participation.

Program Goal

The Improving Online CTE Pathways program was designed to leverage existing capabilities within the CCC system, while also integrating together with the CVC-OEI’s objectives.

Grant proposals must fall within one of the three approved tracks:

  • TRACK 1: Improve access to and quality of existing online programs: Key themes emerged during discussions with stakeholders throughout the system. Maximum impact can be achieved not just by creating new online courses or programs, but more importantly by expanding access to existing but locally or regionally-siloed online CTE-oriented programs or certifications – e.g., increase capacity or frequency of sections not available anytime / anywhere; and support colleges to improve the quality, accessibility, and equity of existing offerings.
    • Increase access to existing online certificates, credentials or programs.
    • Increase visibility of existing online certificates, credentials or programs.
    • Improve quality of existing online certificates, credentials or programs.
    • Expand availability of C-ID designators for CTE courses.
  • TRACK 2: Increase the number of online programs that meet workforce needs by filling in gaps within programs – missing content, missing courses; leveraging industry partnerships to create or expand access to online programs; and encourage collaboration between colleges to offer joint programs.
    • Fill gaps in existing on-ground certificates, credentials or programs.
    • Build an online certificate, credential or program that addresses regional workforce needs.
    • Develop a replicable model for advancing credit for prior learning pathways and solutions.
    • Create online programs using industry content, Zero Textbook Cost Materials, and/or Open Educational Resources.
    • Review industry-approved curriculum
  • TRACK 3: Support students, faculty, staff and campus leaders by supporting the student groups that could most benefit from expansion of online, by offering targeted support structures.
    • Create a jointly offered program with another college or district in the CCC system.
    • Pilot tools for students to chart and track progress on academic pathways.
    • Support students staying on their existing academic pathways.

As this augmentation initiative, Improving Online CTE Pathways, involves one-time funding over a brief period, these college- and district-level grants are intended to help a CCC campus, district, or partnership to complete short-term projects that:

  • can be implemented within one year (July 2019 through June 2020), and
  • lead to lasting institutional innovation beyond the one year grant timeframe.

Process Summary

The Improving Online CTE Pathways program is structured into two phases:

  • Phase One: Grant Planning & Preparation – February 2019 to June 2019
    • During this time, colleges/districts will convene local teams and develop a plan, resulting in a grant application. Following awarding in May 2019, colleges will commence preparation for grant implementation, effective July 01, 2019.
  • Phase Two: Grant Implementation – July 2019 to June 2020
    • Official authorization period for the grant is July 01, 2019 to June 30, 2020. For more information on reporting requirements and other milestones, please refer to the RFA.

For more information on deadlines and grant milestones, please refer to the RFA.

The Request for Applications can be found here.