Thank you for your interest in the Work-based Learning Planning and Tools Pilot. Below are many of the questions we've received about the pilot. In addition to these resources, please also review:
Funding and Match
Is there funding available through the CCCCO or the Foundation?
No. The Chancellor’s Office has invested $200,000 to support the facilitation, administration, technical assistance and technical updates to the tools of the Pilot. The Pilot is designed to leverage and further the $200M investment of Strong Workforce Program funding, particularly for those colleges and regions who have invested in WBL in Round 1 and Round 2.
What is the financial or match requirement of an applicant to the Pilot?
Single college applicants contribute $20,000; District applicants contribute $15,000/participating college; Regional applicants contribute $10,000/participating college. We recommend that colleges find a mix of cash and in-kind contribution, but applicants will not be disqualified for only providing match funding. The “Match” is meant to match the central investment to this project from the Chancellor’s office, with the various applicant commitments for the pilot totaling exactly or just under $200,000.
What will be the costs after the pilot?
There are no required costs after the pilot. A college/region may choose to continue using the Career Experience Suite tools, for which the cost and fees will be determined during the course of the project (with sustainability being a top concern). The cost of a “subscription” or “license” of the Career Experience Suite will be determined by a number of factors, including number of interested colleges, potential to demonstrate system value, and the direction of the first phase of the pilot to create WBL plans.
When is the application deadline and what are the required submission documents?
The deadline is Tuesday, August 29th at 5pm. Please visit the Join the Pilot page for the details on the two required pieces of the submission: 1) signed letter of support from college CEO/President; 2) completed online interest form. For district and regional consortia please adhere to your district’s or region’s requirements for recognizing individual college commitment (such as getting multiple college CEO signatures vs. one from the fiscal agent college).
Who are the eligible applicants?
There are three types of eligible applicants: 1) single colleges; 2) multiple colleges under a single district; or, 3) multiple colleges under a single CTE Regional Consortium (found here).
Do Districts or Regions need 100% of their member colleges to participate?
No. We would prefer to see a majority of the colleges in either a district or region commit for the application, but we recognize that 100% participation is challenging to attain.
Can a college submit their own application even if their region is submitting?
In this case please ensure that the single college applicant and the region applicant discuss this before submission and develop a jointly agreed-upon description of why the separate approach was chosen.
Pilot Content, Process, and Tools
What are the tools of the pilot?
The Career Experience Suite currently consists of Here to Career mobile app, the Career Experience Portal (XP) web-based tool, and, Career Catalyst employer-of record service. Please find more details here and follow the “Our Tools” link.
How is the Pilot connected to Cooperative Work Experience Education? What about Title 5 guidelines for WBL?
WEX programs will be engaged in the initial planning process of the Pilot. WEX programs are usually an integral part of a college’s assets for providing WBL, so we anticipate them playing an important role. Adherence to Title 5 requirements, awarding of course credit for work experience, and other similar opportunities will be considered in every plan.
Will the Foundation provide insurance for unpaid Work Experience?
We are able to provide workers compensation for employer-of-record only for paid students who come on to our payroll through our Career Catalyst service.
Who determines or evaluates quality of WBL experiences in CareerXP?
CareerXP are tools for the faculty, staff, and partner entities managing work-based learning. The quality evaluation will be made by those individuals.