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About Workforce and Economic Development

The Workforce and Economic Development Division is responsible for supporting instruction, managing grants to community colleges, providing technical assistance, and implementing various special programs. The division is composed of three units: Career Technical Education, Economic and Workforce Development, and Nursing and Allied Health. They coordinate jobs and career opportunities for community college graduates to advance California’s economic growth and global competitiveness.

The division develops innovative strategies to unite development services from employers and communities that increase the state’s economic success. They also create excellence in Career Technical Education courses so individuals are properly trained to enter or re-enter the workforce. Workforce and Economic Development Division develops resources for employees to return to the classroom and improve their job skills.

Administrative responsibilities for the Chancellor’s Office include the Economic and Workforce Development program, the federal Carl D. Perkins Technical Education Act, Nursing and Allied Health programs, the Workforce Investment Act, apprenticeship funding and more.

Key Contacts:

Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor
Workforce and Economic Development

Dr. Debra Jones, dean
Career Education Practices

Cris McCullough, dean
Policy Alignment & Outreach 



Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development

Van Ton-Quinlivan

Vice Chancellor of Economic Development and Workforce Preparation Van Ton-Quinlivan was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in May, 2011. In this capacity, Ton-Quinlivan oversees the programs in the Chancellor’s Office Workforce and Economic Development Division, including Career Technical Education, Economic and Workforce Development, CTE Pathways Initiative as well as Nursing and Allied Health.

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