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Skilled Talent for Employers, Expanded Opportunities for Students


Community College to Career (CC2C), an initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Foundation, is an active partnership between industry and education to expand economic opportunity and increase diversity in the STEM workforce.

How it Works


We believe that community colleges in Silicon Valley are in a unique position to partner with several industry clusters in our innovation economy to provide education and training – in an expedited way – for jobs that will provide solid middle-class incomes.

With an enrollment of nearly 350,000 students, Silicon Valley’s network of 19 community colleges is the largest training provider in the region, and an equity engine for many of its residents. Three out of ten Silicon Valley 16-24 year olds currently attend community college, and because these schools have forged strong ties to communities traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, 77 percent of their students are students of color, and 54 percent are women.

CC2C leverages a wealth of talent among Leadership Group members to provide work-based learning opportunities that translate into student success—higher community college certificate and associate degree completion rates in the short term and better paying jobs in the long term. As the gap between the two Silicon Valleys widens (in 2018, Brookings ranked San Francisco and San Jose third and sixth in income inequality among all US metropolitan regions), CC2C enables Leadership Group members and partners to step in with a concrete, sustainable solution.

Why Partner with Community Colleges?


Higher Employee Retention


77% students of color, 54% women

Talent Pool

60% of all Bay Area undergraduates

Community College Partners in Silicon Valley

19 Colleges | 350,000 Students | 70,000 STEM Students

1. Berkeley City College
2. Laney College
3. Merritt College
4. College of Alameda
5. Las Positas College
6. Chabot College
7. Ohlone College
8. Mission College
9. Skyline College
10. College of San Mateo
11. Cañada College
12. Foothill College
13. De Anza College
14. West Valley College
15. San Jose City College
16. Evergreen College
17. Cabrillo College
18. Gavilan College
19. City College of San Francisco

Engagement Opportunities

To learn more about CC2C or how your company can participate, contact David Palter at [email protected]. You do not need to be a member of the Leadership Group to partner.

Initiative Executive Champions

Greg Becker, CEO, Silicon Valley Bank ♢ Mary Papazian, President, San Jose State University ♢ Raquel Gonzalez, Market President, Bank of America ♢ Bill Nagel, Publisher and CEO, San Francisco Chronicle ♢ Deanna Santana, City Manager, City of Santa Clara ♢ Byron Breland, Chancellor, San Jose-Evergreen Community College District ♢ Ibi Krukrubo, Managing Partner, EY ♢ Matt Tanzi, Senior Vice President, US Bank

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