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Workforce Training


New federal workforce funding is available today!

NOVAworks Job Center San Mateo has additional job training federal funds available for adults living in the Silicon Valley area.
You must start your professional upskilling program before June 30, 2022 to be eligible for the additional funds. (Note: funding programs are ongoing.).
Funds may be applied toward the cost of course fees, required books, and materials for these certificate programs.

View WIOA Certificate Programs


Who is eligible for job training funds?

Many of our students receive funding through the WIOA program. UCSC Extension works closely with several great agencies in the greater Silicon Valley area—from Marin to Monterey. Please reach out to them for guidance.

Eligibility requirements

  • Over 18 years old
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Dislocated worker
  • Adult priority (homeless, receiving public assistance, limited computer literacy, high school dropout
  • Program starts before June 2022 deadline.

For more information about how to line up your dreams and your skills in a new job, please reach out to NovaWorks— or—and let them know you want to start learning new skills today.

Out-of-pocket expenses, if any, are determined on a case-by-case basis by Extension. Students will be notified and responsible for additional costs. In most cases, funding will only cover the minimum number of required units to complete the program for which you are approved.

Our workforce training partners

How to enroll in a UCSC Silicon Valley certificate program

FAQ Workforce training
  1. Research our approved programs. Most of our certificate programs can be completed in 9 to 12 months, but duration depends on your program selection, funding restrictions, and course availability.
  2. Contact your nearest agency and follow its application process.
  3. Once approved, email Questions? Feel free to look through our Frequently Asked Questions page for workforce students.
  4. A UCSC Silicon Valley Workforce representative will contact you to finalize your program schedule and review student responsibilities.
  5. Students are required to accept a recommended academic plan and program schedule prepared by UCSC Silicon Valley to complete the enrollment process. Students follow an approved program of study that culminates in completion of the certificate or specialization program that includes an academic plan of required courses followed by elective courses, and which adheres to WIOA funding restrictions and available scheduling.
  6. Submit an online enrollment form for each academic term using the Workforce Training Enrollment Form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Enrollment Deadlines

Term Start Date Enrollment forms due date
Fall September 1 August 1
Winter January 1 December 1
Spring April 1 March 1
Summer June 16 May 16

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Workforce Training Inquiry Form

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Call (408) 450-4931