Grow Apprenticeship California is a Foundation for California Community Colleges initiative supporting the creation of apprenticeship opportunities throughout the state. This support comes through projects that provide guidance and technical assistance for starting and maintaining apprenticeship programs, and maintaining networks of practitioners who share knowledge and best practices for developing high-quality apprenticeship opportunities.
The Foundation for California Community Colleges Apprenticeship Support Network (ASN) team leads the Grow Apprenticeship California community of practice-centric approach to technical assistance with the following goals in mind:
- Enhancing cross-sector understanding and coordination among statewide and regional partners, including workforce, education (K-12 and community colleges), and community organizations;
- Driving the expansion of new and innovative pre-apprenticeships, enhanced on-the-job training, and registered apprenticeships as pathways for low-wage workers and young adults to secure middle-skill jobs in California;
- Increasing the capacity of new, expanding, and innovative apprenticeship programs (pre-apprenticeship, enhanced on-the-job training, and registered apprenticeships) access to funding to ensure sustainability;
- Disseminating effective practices in apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship program design and delivery, equitable practices, sustainability, and partner and employer engagement;
- Increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in California’s registered new and innovative apprenticeship programs to support an equitable economic recovery;
- Bridging education and workforce by developing partnerships with key apprenticeship stakeholders including state agencies, local workforce development boards, community-based organizations, and policymakers;
All technical assistance offerings encourage continuous growth, learning, professional development, peer-to-peer networking, and thought-partnership opportunities. The technical assistance offered through our work includes:
- Resource Development (toolkits, briefs, conference materials)
- Convenings (Peer Learning Circles, Learning Labs, Learning Luncheons)
- Participatory virtual events (webinars, workshops, cohort calls)
- Moderating online community of practice platforms (LinkedIn and Vision Resource Center)
- Developing strategic partnerships with local education agencies, workforce development boards, and other key apprenticeship stakeholders.