Career Catalyst is an employer-of-record service that enables colleges, employers, and workforce boards to provide paid work experience for students and youth.

Career Catalyst has worked to increase workforce experience opportunities for students and other transitional workers for nearly two decades.

Career Catalyst includes:


The Foundation serves as the employer-of-record, assuming liability, administering payroll, and addressing human resource needs.

Comprehensive Services

Career Catalyst offers an all-in-one web-based human resources service, making it easy for your organization to manage employees. Features include paperless employee acquisition, fully integrated timekeeping and payroll, and employee access to paystubs, W-2s, and training videos.

Customer-Service Focused

Career Catalyst is backed by dedicated human resources, workforce development, and payroll specialists ready to assist your organization.

Flexible Support

Career Catalyst serves colleges, private companies, industry associations, state and local agencies, workforce intermediaries, and non-profit organizations. Services can support summer, short-term, part-time, and full-time employment.


Our Services

  • Onboarding
  • Online timekeeping
  • Payroll processing
  • Leave management
  • Workers' compensation
  • Unemployment claims
  • Personnel and payroll records
  • Employment-related insurance
  • Year-end tax reporting

Our Clients

  • Allan Hancock College
  • California Community College Chancellor's Office
  • Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
  • Chaffey College
  • Laney College
  • Merritt College
  • Saddleback College
  • Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • California Department of Technology
  • Lennar Homes of California
  • The Wonderful Company
  • NOVA Workforce Board
  • PG&E
  • United States Forest Service