The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and CVHEC have partnered to roll out the implementation of Guided Pathways in the Central Valley.  

California Community Colleges transfer nearly 80,000 students to the University of California and California State University campuses each year. Nearly half who earn a University of California bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics have transferred from a California community college campus. Nearly 30% of the University of California and more than half of California State University graduates started at a California community college.

California’s community colleges are at the forefront in combating income inequality and are trailblazers in supporting social and economic mobility. Each year, they provide hundreds of thousands of students with the career education and training needed to secure good-paying jobs.

The College Futures Foundation is a funding-partner supporting CVHEC’s capacity building and its efforts to scale its degree attainment strategies.

College Futures Foundation focuses on targeted, strategic ways to improve how California and its educational systems and institutions provide the information, channels, and resources students need to complete a bachelor’s degree.

It concentrates its efforts in three geographic locations—Los Angeles, the Inland Empire, and the San Joaquin Valley. These regions have among the lowest educational attainment rates in the state, and six in 10 low-income California students live in these three regions. Working regionally allows College Futures Foundation to support interventions tailored to different economic and cultural conditions, populations, and priorities, an important consideration in California where one size seldom fits all.

In September 2017, Lumina Foundation designated Fresno one of 17 national Talent Hubs. CVHEC partners with Fresno Compact [link to Fresno Compact web page]  as collaborators under the grant. The Talent Hub recognizes the work in progress to increase certificates and degree attainment. Grant funding will support local efforts to educate more people, allowing community and postsecondary leaders to better meet the specific needs of residents. Lumina will provide these funds in partnership with the Kresge Foundation.


Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Lumina envisions a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. The Foundation’s goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy. For more information, visit

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.5 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development in Detroit. In 2016, the Board of Trustees approved 474 grants totaling $141.5 million, and made 14 social investment commitments totaling $50.8 million. For more information, visit


The California Academic Partnership Program (CAPP) was established by the California State Legislature in 1984 with a specific goal: to improve the academic quality of public secondary schools, thereby ensuring every student in California is prepared for college.


Administered by the CSU in cooperation with the University of California, the California Community Colleges, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), and Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), this collaborative program focuses on schools with low numbers of students entering college and supports partnerships that improve the academic preparation and college readiness of California students. 

Projects are distributed throughout the state to guarantee access and support schools in rural, urban and suburban areas.

In its commitment to corequisite remediation, CVHEC member colleges have already received and will continue to receive professional development and training from the California Acceleration Project (CAP) to implement AB 705.  It is the goal of CVHEC to institutionalize corequisite support in all member community colleges by 2020.


CAP is a faculty-led professional development network that supports the state’s 113 community colleges to transform remediation to increase student completion and equity. CAP is focused on one primary outcome: increasing the number of students who go on to complete transferable gateway courses in English and math, a critical early momentum point toward the longer-term degree and transfer outcomes.

Housed at the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) works to ensure that all 6th-12th grade students in California have access to a systematic baseline of guidance and support as they plan, prepare, and pay for postsecondary education and training.

CCGI and CVHEC have partnered to create the College Next campaign.


College Next is powered by resources provided by the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI). CCGI is a non-profit that manages, the State of California’s college- and career- planning platform.

K-12 districts in College Next regions can access all the data-informed functionality available on free of charge for the duration of each regional partnership.

By leveraging the resources, students will experience easier transitions as they move from high school into college and career.

Through public/private partnerships, the Central/Mother Lode Regional Consortium (CRC) focuses on growing the regional economy by facilitating the development and growth of college training and educational programs to meet the needs of identified high growth sectors.


Their team of education and workforce leaders:

  • -convene advisory groups in each of the region’s primary industry sectors
  • -connect local colleges and businesses in the region
  • -facilitate the endorsement of new credit Career Technical Education programs
  • -conduct outreach to key stakeholders that support the work of the community colleges

As a Complete College America Alliance Team member, CVHEC has access to technical assistance on its strategy efforts including 15 to Finish and Corequisite Support.

Established in 2009, Complete College America is a bold national advocate for dramatically increasing college completion rates and closing equity gaps by working with states, systems, institutions, and partners to scale highly effective structural reforms and promote policies that improve student success.

CVHEC has partnered with the Charles A. Dana Center (Dana Center) to implement a Math Pathways effort to mobilize mathematics faculty leaders from community colleges and the three CSUs. This effort is a three-phase effort and will enable students to complete an appropriate gateway math course, which would fulfill requirements for their chosen programs of study, within one year.


The Dana Center works with our education systems throughout the nation to ensure that every student leaves school prepared for success in postsecondary education and the contemporary workplace.

Their work, based on research and two decades of experience, focuses on K–16 mathematics and science education with an emphasis on strategies for improving student engagement, motivation, persistence, and achievement. They develop innovative curricula, tools, protocols, and instructional supports and deliver powerful instructional and leadership development.

How can we enable all students—especially those who are underserved—to achieve postsecondary success? This question guides this work to develop educational tools and resources that are worthy of those we serve. They collaborate with states and districts to provide sustained technical assistance, convene national networks, and create professional development programs and resources to help educators.

CVHEC is a collaborative partner with Fresno Compact on the Lumina Talent Hub designation. Fresno Compact is a 501c3 non-profit providing a mechanism for mobilizing business and community support for local K-12 and higher education institutions, and acts as a connector for sharing of information among education, business, and community leaders. The Compact’s efforts are specifically focused on high school and post-secondary attainment. Fresno Compact’s board is composed of 35 members, with a majority of board members from the business community.