Regional Joint Ventures

The  Governor and the Legislature directed 40% of Strong Workforce Funds to regions to build the capacity of colleges to join together and with other stakeholders to address regional workforce development challenges and opportunities. By vote of our member colleges, 12.5% of each year’s Regional Funds (roughly $2.5M) are dedicated to supporting Regional Joint Ventures (RJVs). These funds are to be used to support the start up costs for innovations that can be supported on an ongoing basis by the participating colleges from their Regional SWP funds or other sources. Examples include:
  • Partnerships with industry to develop new CTE programs across multiple colleges
  • Formation of communities of practice that facilitate coordination and collaboration within a specific program area
  • Provision of technology and services at a regional scale in order to reduce costs and increase services to students
In each case the on-going costs of these projects have been taken on by the colleges. Charting a pathway to sustainability from other funding sources is an essential element of every RJV as this ensures that we retain the ability to use this “R&D” fund for future innovation.RJV proposals are submitted in the RJV application platform and are publicly available for viewing, consideration, and comment by the region. Proposals that have the committed participation of at least 4 colleges are first evaluated by BACCC staff, and then provided to the Regional Priorities Committee (RPC) for review. The RPC is composed of representatives from every subregion and members will consult with their subregion on the proposals before determining the portfolio of projects to be supported.

Active RJVs

Apprenticeship - Funding a Regional Director

Apprenticeships are growing in importance to industry and our workforce development system here in California. The Chancellor’s office has shown it’s support of apprenticeships through continuing CAI grants, and the governor’s office has set a goal of 500,000 apprentices by 2029. To reach this goal, the colleges will need help.

  • Increase apprenticeship enrollment in college programs
  • Assist industry in establishing apprenticeships
  • Develop new apprenticeship programs
  • Increase student employment in living wage jobs

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Bay Area Cloud Computing Initiative

Cloud computing is a paradigm shift in the way applications and data are created, distributed, and maintained. Jobs requiring cloud computing skills and knowledge are the largest, and fastest-growing tech jobs in our region.

  • Expand our current local share collaboration to ramp up employer engagement for internships and jobs

  • Expand professional development into a robust community of practice

  • Align and articulate area K-12, adult ed, and nonprofit feeders into college tech pathways

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Bay Area CyberCamps 2.1

Cybersecurity workers are in high demand nationwide.  In the San Francisco Bay Region, there are over 180,000 jobs projected for Cybersecurity/Information Communication Technology (ICT) positions by 2022 (Centers of Excellence). 

  • Building on the success of summer BACCC CyberCamps 
  • Increase participation in Cybersecurity/ICT pathways and year-long cybersecurity competitions
  • Enable interested campers to continue learning at our colleges and better connect students with workforce opportunities

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Bay Area Workforce Development and Job Placement Platform

Many colleges want to better understand how to harness these elements for student success. They have workforce services they want to better integrate, want to better use data and be more connected to external partners.

  • Regionally: Develop a consistent approach to services and share resources (forms, work samples, job portal …)
  • Topically: Go deeper on common needs, such as exploring different job boards, engaging employers, using data or supporting job developers.

  • On campus: Get assistance on implementation.

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Workforce Development Platform

BioSCOPE - Year 4 RJV

There is a labor market gap for biological, quality control and biomanufacturing production technicians. Per the 2017 LS/Biotech Middle Skills report, supply 324 vs demand 469.

  • Provides real, hands-on work-based experience for all students in the classroom, meeting the goal of equity and accessibility.
  • Students experience and explore different functions as those found in the workplace while producing products for lab practices.
  • Products are distributed to high schools classes. The project relies on industry commitment for advice, faculty training, and audits.
  • Student coordinators are mentored on project management and leadership.

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Earn and Learn: Work-Based Learning and Employer Engagement

Work-based learning (WBL) is a strategy proven to increase employability and reduce the skills gap. Unfortunately, educational institutions, WDBs, and CBOs have utilized competing processes; this creates a disincentive for employers.

  • WBL readiness assessment;
  • Onboarding and access to the CRM;
  • Detailed WBL toolset to support staff, faculty and employers;
  • Workshops (District Leadership Collaboration, Employer Engagement 101 & 102, Internship Planning, and Internship Implementation);
  • Monthly webinars on best practices;
  • Customized online forms (w/logos);
  • Connectivity to K-12 schools (if desired); and
  • Continuing PD to engage in the E&L community of practice.

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Growing Apprenticeships to Solve the ECE/EDU Teacher Crisis

This regional joint venture is designed to bring ECE/EDU Teacher Preparation Pipeline participants as well as new partners together to promote and expand Apprenticeship opportunities in the ECE and EDU sectors! All participants welcome!

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K14 Technical Assistance Provider

With 28 community colleges, over 800 K12 schools, and 17 new K12 Pathway Coordinators joining the regional structure, the Bay Region knows it is critical to have 2 K14 TAP positions to provide technical assistance, professional development, and support to the $31M dollars flowing to K12s in the region.

  • Provides regional leadership in the development and administration of K12 Pathways Coordinators.

  • Collaborates with K12 partners to develop a regional technical assistance plan, focused on pathway design, and aligned with regional economic priorities.

  • Continues to build regional consistency and infrastructure through the promotion of college & career readiness (through early college credit, work-based learning and counseling supports), alignment of career education programs of study, and raising awareness of community college programs.

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Netlabs 2.0 - Regional Private Cloud (RPC)

  • Bay Area Colleges joined together to establish a remotely shared information and communication technologies (ICT) lab facility to serve their ICT students who need hands-on skills demanded by ICT employers.

  • Ned to maintain support.

  • Need to move to the next level.

  • Requesting ongoing support for a project entering a sixth year. To include data center administrator, support and licensing, hardware update, outreach, and professional development. Netlabs 2.0 will provide an expansion of service to include a Regional Private Cloud (RPC).

  • The Netlabs 2.0 upgrade, will provide an expansion of service to include a Regional Private Cloud (RPC). 

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Ongoing Investment in Data

The Chancellor’s Office recommends that regions augment the COE budget with SWP regional funds to meet the increased demands for LMI. The COE and BACCC will work jointly to prioritize data projects that benefit the region.

  • Expand Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research capacity to meet regional data needs.

  • Funding will support: 
    • Data Analyst / Assistant Director who will work with the Director to meet regional data needs,
    • Completion of a Regional Data Dashboard for analysis of SWP program performance metrics
    • Primary research projects on priority and emerging industries and occupations in order to provide colleges with data related to decision-making for new program development.

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RJV Related Questions

The RJV application platform will open February 1, 2024

Go to the Inactive RJVs tab at

Go to the Inactive RJVs tab at Follow the link to the RJV sheet. Change the status from Inactive to Active in cell G1 on the Interested Parties tab. This will cause the RJV to reappear in the Index.

Follow the link in the RJV Index ( that is associated with your RJV to the RJV sheet. In the upper-righthand corner there is a green cell (G1) that tracks the status of the application. Click on this cell and change the status to Inactive. This will remove the RJV from the Index and relocate it to the Inactive RJVs tab on the RJV Index sheet at

Mark Martin, DSN for Advanced Manufacturing put together a tutorial Steps for Creating RJV Proposal on Regional Platform on how to do this. Feel free to copy and modify. Thanks Mark!

RJVs are intended to be a way of identifying opportunities for collaboration and recruiting multiple workforce development stakeholders to join in that effort; so any one or entity can submit an RJV. If an RJV wishes to obtain SWP funding, that must either come out of the local and regional share directly allocated to the colleges or be requested from the $1M RJV fund by one of the colleges. By the SWP legislation, the funding can only go to colleges, although a college can then contract for services from anyone.