The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges formed CLP in 2001 to ensure access for underserved students to post-secondary career pathways and to meet California’s labor force needs. CLP’s research on the challenges and opportunities facing community colleges and their regional workforce partners in developing career pathways resulted in policy that is moving California and its community colleges toward that vision.

The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges adopted a major policy statement calling for a comprehensive, statewide Career Ladders Initiative Ladders of Opportunity: A Board of Governors' Initiative For Developing California's New Workforce.

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Career Ladders Project supports community colleges building their capacity to ensure all students achieve their educational goals.

We work to improve equity and student outcomes by advocating for more effective local and state policy, and by collaborating with colleges — and their K-16, community, state government, and workforce partners — to reshape their programs. A nonprofit organization, CLP conducts research and provides strategic advice and technical assistance to community colleges and their workforce partners on building career pathways and bridge programs. We also participate in privately and publicly funded initiatives at community colleges; as these initiatives mature, we work with policy-makers to promote and support effective practices.

Career Ladders Project operates under the auspices of the Foundation for California Community Colleges, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and is the official auxiliary to the California Community Colleges system.

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