Master Plan for Career Education

The leaders of California’s education and workforce agencies–working with students, families, adult learners, workers, employers, labor, and community-based organizations–have developed a set of big ideas for creating more equitable access to living wage, fulfilling work. During 2024, Californians will have an opportunity to weigh in on how to translate those ideas into concrete actions.

This collaborative effort will result in a Master Plan for Career Education.

During March and April, more than 1,300 people signed up to participate in interactive, in-person design sessions that were held across the state to inform the Master Plan on Career Education. Another 400 will join our virtual design session on May 15. The input from these sessions will be summarized and posted by the end of May.

The Governor’s Office will convene five constituency groups who are charged with validating ideas that were generated through the public engagement process, identifying missing topics and red flags, and providing input to the Career Education Master Plan Task Force on the proposed solutions.

Students & Families

TK-12 and Postsecondary Educators

Adult Education & Workforce Development Training Providers

Labor & Employers

Advocates and Policy-Makers

Nominations are accepted until June 21st, and will be announced publicly in July. There is no compensation for serving on the constituency group.

Serving on the constituency group will require:
– Attending two 90-minute virtual meetings in September and October
– Reviewing draft solutions that will inform policy and practice reforms
– Reviewing summary input to the Master Plan Task Force on proposed solutions

On January 24th, 2024, the Governor’s Office hosted a webinar kicking off the Master Plan for Career Education process. Watch the recording of the webinar to learn more about the core concepts framing the conversation, ways to get involved across California and more. 

The Master Plan for Career Education will address the pain points that have made it challenging for Californians to learn–and get credit for– the skills they need for rewarding, living wage work.

Please read the Master Plan Core Concepts Summary below for additional details. This ambitious effort is focused on identifying possible solutions in four key areas:

Creating state and regional coordinating bodies that make it easier to access information, funding, and support

Creating incentives and improve coordination so that more people can participate in hands-on learning

Aligning TK-12, postsecondary, and workforce training opportunities so it is easier to build skills in a variety of settings

Making it easier to access public benefits so that learners can afford to participate in education and training; and improve universal access

Share your recommendations or invite representatives of the planning effort to meet with your community or organization to exchange ideas

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The Governor’s Council for Career Education is working to empower all Californians – youth and adult learners alike – to discover, prepare for, and connect to careers.

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