The Voice for Career Technical Education/Economic and Workforce Development in the California Community Colleges

The California Community College Association for Occupational Education (CCCAOE), was founded in 1967 as a technical support group for administrators of “vocational education programs” in the community colleges.  As the California Community College mission changed, so has CCCAOE’s mission to become what is now recognized as the premier source of leadership and advocacy for career and workforce preparation.  The core purpose of the organization is to strengthen communities and improve lives by preparing current and future generations for the workforce. 

CCCAOE's focus includes developing effective leaders at the local, regional and state levels; providing opportunities to build relationships and connect to statewide leaders; use innovation and technological efficiencies to disseminate information and best practices at the statewide and local levels as well as informing the membership on policy issues related to CTE and EWD.  

CCCAOE’s core values include: 

  • COLLABORATION:  Valuing the power of collaboration and strong relationships.
  • OPPORTUNITY:   Cultivating opportunity for individuals, regardless of circumstances, to grow and improve their quality of life.
  • RELEVANCE:  Improving lives through relevant education.
  • EXCELLENCE:  Innovating and serving with high standards of ethics, knowledge and skill.

California Community College Mission:

The primary missions of the Colleges are to offer academic (transfer) and vocational education at the lower division level for younger and older students, including those persons returning to school. Another primary mission is to advance California's economic growth and global competitiveness through education, training, and services that contribute to continuous workforce improvement and to offer basic skills instruction.

The Mission of CCCAOE:

To provide leadership for occupational education and economic development professionals involved in workforce development and the enhancement of California's position within a global economy.