CAREER LADDERS PROJECT
The Career Ladders Project for the California Community Colleges works to strengthen
the role of community colleges in providing educational and career advancement
opportunities for Californians. Through research, policy initiatives, strategic and
technical assistance to colleges and their workforce partners, the Project fosters career
ladders in California.
The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges adopted a major policy
statement, Ladders of Opportunity, calling for a comprehensive, statewide career
ladders initiative. Founded upon this framing document, the Career Ladders Project
aims to improve post-secondary career pathway access and advancement. The Board
of Governors also incorporated Career Ladders Project policy recommendations into the
new system strategic plan.
The Career Ladders Project currently works with a number of initiatives to provide
technical assistance, document lessons learned, and foster a community of learners
among the sites. CLP assists with: professional development for faculty and staff;
resource development and sustainability planning; program development and
improvement; developing regional career pathways; building partnerships with K16
educational institutions, workforce boards, community agencies, labor and employers.
As initiatives develop, CLP works with the California Community College System Office
and state policy makers to promote expansion and replication of successful projects and
to identify systemic policy changes that can better support effective practices.
Current initiatives include:
• The Gateway Project, creating bridges to college and career for disconnected young
• The California Community College Career Advancement Academies, regional
demonstration projects designed to establish pipelines to high wage careers for
underprepared and underemployed young adults;
• The College Pathways Project: Community College Hub, improving post-secondary
access and success for former foster youth;
• The Concurrent Courses Initiative: Pathways to College and Careers providing low-
income youth with career-focused dual enrollment opportunities—in partnership with
the Community College Research Center.
The Career Ladders Project is supported by: The Bay Area Workforce Funding
Collaborative; The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation; The William and Flora Hewlett
Foundation; The James Irvine Foundation; The Walter S. Johnson Foundation; The
Walter and Elise Haas Fund; The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; The David and
Lucile Packard Foundation; The San Francisco Foundation; and The Stuart Foundation.
The Career Ladders Project operates under the auspices of the Foundation for California
Community Colleges, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the official auxiliary to the
California Community Colleges.
Career Ladders Project . 678 13th Street, Suite 200 . Oakland CA 94612
Phone (510) 268-0566 . Fax (510) 268-0568