Featured Workforce Initiatives

High Roads Training Partnerships

Addresses questions of income inequality, economic competitiveness, and climate change through regional strategies designed to support economically and environmentally resilient communities across the state.

CAAL Skills

An interagency and multi-departmental data-sharing and program evaluation initiative that uses detailed information from federal and state-funded workforce, education, and human services programs to measure participation and associated outcomes for program participants.

High Road Construction Careers

Invests in partnerships and projects that link local building and construction trades councils to workforce boards, community colleges, and community-based organizations to create pathways to quality construction careers.

Regional CA

Work to stimulate economic growth, create jobs and build the talent needed to increase income mobility and regional prosperity through collaboration among multiple workforce systems and bringing workforce leaders together.

Workforce Accelerator Fund

Funds projects that design, develop, and implement programs that accelerate employment and provide access to workforce services and employment opportunities for targeted groups and disadvantaged populations.

Prison to Employment

Creates opportunities through collaborative partnerships with state workforce programs and the state corrections systems so that formerly incarcerated and justice-involved individuals can successfully reenter society and the labor force.

Breaking Barriers

Supplements existing workforce and education programs by providing services to target populations who are often not eligible for other state and federal programs in an effort to address disparities in the labor market.

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In the Spotlight

Los Angeles – CA –  On May 17th, The Hospitality Training Academy (HTA) hosted its community buffet event prepared by the HTA’s 11th registered culinary apprenticeship cohort of graduates. Guests included elected officials, industry and union leaders, employers, government entities, and representatives from various Veterans’ service and community-based organizations.

On May 17th, the Hospitality Training Academy hosted their Community Buffet Event. This event was put together by the 11th Registered Culinary Apprenticeship Cohort of graduates.


Secretary Natalie Palugyai and other key members of CWDB and HTA were in attendance to congratulate new graduates as well as to promote future projects that will build on the successes of the past programs.

Palugyai announced a new HTA program that brings portable skills to veterans and military families at the Buffet Event.

California Secretary of Labor Announced New HTA programs at The Community Buffet Event

California Secretary of Labor Secretary Natalie Palugyia announced the Hospitality Training Academy’s (HTA) Veterans and Military Families Hospitality Training and Employment initiative at the 11th annual. Launched in conjunction with its Recipe for Greater Success Project funded by the State of California, The initiative will support the HTA in conducting outreach to veterans organizations and homeless shelters to link job seekers to high-level training that can lead to union jobs which provide good wages, benefits, career pathways, and worker’s voice.

The Hospitality Training Academy is a nationally recognized leader in culinary and hospitality training in the US, with programs that provide 100% placement for its graduates. The HTA has developed “best practices” in working with and serving individuals experiencing homelessness, the housing insecure, justice-involved populations, foster youth, low-income adults, individuals from marginalized communities, and survivors of domestic violence, slavery, and human trafficking.

During the event, the HTA also announced the recipient of a grant from the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls ( to train and place more women into cook positions in union hotels that offer the highest paying wages for cooks.

Veterans and their federally-funded program-eligible spouses currently receive priority services from the state for job training and employment-related services, this initiative, funded by the state and supported by the UNITE HERE Local 11 Labor Union and its contributing employers, will give veterans, military spouses, and their family members, as well as homeless individuals, access to HTA’s culinary arts and room-attendant apprenticeships, short-term training programs, English as a Second Language (ESL), financial and computer literacy classes, and its “coming soon” mixology/bartender and “latte artist/barista” registered apprenticeship programs leading to lucrative careers in the high-growth foodservice and hospitality sector.

Learn more about current and future HTA programs, at HTA’s website


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Are you passionate about ending poverty and inequality? Are you motivated to address the climate crisis and social injustice while working on economic and workforce development? If so, you may be a great fit for one of our open positions at the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB).

The CWDB is recognized nationally as a progressive and experimental state workforce department, charting a path to a High Road economy and approach to workforce development grounded in the principles of social equity, environmental sustainability, and resilience and quality jobs. Over the past decade, the CWDB’s budget, programs, and staff have grown exponentially using federal and state workforce funding to pilot new sector-based workforce initiatives and develop policy solutions that address the quality and accessibility of jobs in addition to training.

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Associate Governmental Program Analyst The last day to apply for JC-319047 is 8/20/2022. The Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) is responsible for varied, and complex technical analytical assignments pertaining to the management of multiple workforce programs such as program implementation and oversight, and administrative functions related to the effective administration of funds distributed across California. The AGPA is tasked with ensuring programs across California align with the laws and regulations of the funding source as well as meet the goals and objectives of the California Workforce Development Boards (CWDB) State Plan by acting as a liaison between the grantees and the CWDB providing support and guidance as needed. The AGPA will be responsible for the administrative work in relation to updating exhibits for new programs, establishing a contract or subgrant, processing invoices and performing quarter report analysis. The AGPA will be responsible for implementing programs, and capturing lessons and successes that can be communicated internally and externally throughout the California workforce system.