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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, Executive Vice Chancellor

916.327.5492 |

Faye James, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor

916.323.4990 |

Nita Patel, manager

916.327.6226 |

Gary W. Adams, Dean

916.322.7079 |

Dr. Jeffrey A. Mrizek, Dean

916.325.5953 |

Dr. Matthew Roberts, Dean

916.445.7692 |

Javier Romero, Dean

916.322.1677 |


Workforce and Economic Division Directory

Executive Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development

Van Ton-Quinlivan

Van Ton-Quinlivan was appointed Executive Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development for the California Community Colleges, comprised of 114 colleges and considered one of the most complex higher education systems in the nation. TonQuinlivan’s leadership focus is Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy ( with the goal of improving workforce outcomes for California’s 2.1 million community college students and fueling strong regional economies. She was named a White House Champion of Change in 2013 for her distinguished career in industry, education, and community service. She is vice chair of the National Skills Coalition, co-chair of the Workforce Action Team of the California Economic Summit, and serves on the California Council on Science and Technology. Ton-Quinlivan holds degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Graduate School of Education, and Georgetown University.