Program Recommendation Process

Individuals tasked with developing a new CTE certificate or degree (program) for their college will need to secure regional consortium recommendation before submitting their program approval documents to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office for formal approval (chaptering). The college CTE Dean and curriculum committee chair (or designee) are good sources of information about the regional recommendation process and about a college’s local curriculum approval process.

Required Information

Centers of Excellence

Before you get started, you must have your Labor Market Information. If you do not have your labor market information, please contact the Centers of Excellence to submit an LMI request.

Please note, all regions require LMI data be produced by the Centers of Excellence. Additional LMI data may also be submitted

CTE Dean's Information

The following information regarding your CTE Dean or your college's voting member, as applicable, is required.

  • CTE Dean's Name
  • CTE Dean's Email

Program Information

  • Program Title
    Program title must match exactly what is going to be submitted to COCI.
  • Submission Type Updated
    Is your submission a new program or are substantial changes being made to an existing program?
    • New Program
    • Program Modifications (formerly substantial changes)*
  • TOPs Code
  • Projected Start Date
  • Catalog Description
    Catalog Description includes program requirements, prerequisite skills or enrollment limitations, student learning outcomes, and information relevant to program goal.
  • Enrollment Completer Projections
    Enrollment Completer Projections are projections of number of students to earn certificate or degree annually.

* Program modifications do not require regional approval. See CCCCO October 18, 2018 Memo.

Program Proposal Attributes

  • Program Award Type(s) (Check all that apply)
    • Certificate of Achievement: 8 to fewer than 16 semester (or 12 to fewer than 24 quarter) units (B)
    • Certificate of Achievement: 16 or greater semester (or 24 or greater quarter) units (C)
    • A.S. Degree (S)
    • A.A. Degree (A)
    • A.A.-T Degree (Y)**
    • A.S.-T Degree (X)**
    • Noncredit Program (NIL)**
  • Program Goal
    Program Goals and Objectives must address a valid transfer, occupational, basic skills, civic education, or lifelong learning purpose. Regional recommendation is only needed for programs with an occupational goal.

** A.A.-T Degree(Y), A.S.-T Degree (X), and Noncredit Programs (NIL) do not require regional recommendation.

Course Units and Hours

  • Total Certificate Units (Minimum and Maximum)
  • Units for Degree Major or Area of Emphasis (Minimum and Maximum)
  • Total Units for Degree (Minimum and Maximum)

Course Report

  • Program Requirements Narrative
  • Program Requirements
    Program Requirements includes course requirements and sequencing that reflect program goals.

Supporting Documents

  • Labor Market Information (LMI)
    Files uploads are limited to text, word, excel, powerpoint, and pdf. Attached documents must be smaller than 2MB.

Region Specific Requirements

In addition to the information and documents listed above, your region may require additional information or documents.

Bay Area Region

  • Goal of Program
    CTE, CTE & Transfer
  • Include any other information you would like to share
  • Please list similar programs at other colleges in the service area which may be impacted, including the name of the college, the name of the program that may be impacted, the name of the person you contacted and the outcome of that contact.

Central/Mother Lode Region

  • Advisory Minutes*

Inland Empire/Desert Region

  • Advisory Minutes*

Los Angeles/Orange County Region

  • District
  • College
  • CRLC Member
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Reason for approval request.
    • New Program
    • Substantial Change
    • Locally Approved
  • Place of program in college's curriculum/similar program.
  • List similar programs at other colleges in the Los Angeles and Orange County Region.
  • Annual Enrollment projects (non-duplicative)
  • Advisory Minutes*
  • Priority Sector

North/Far North Region

  • North/Far North Region does not require additional information.

San Diego/Imperial Counties Region

  • San Diego/Imperial Region does not require additional information.

South Central Coast Region

  • Upload any additional information/justifications for your program such as Advisory Committee Meeting Notes, Employer Surveys, Environmental Scans, etc.*

View each Region's Program Recommendation Process and Contact Information

*Attached documents must be smaller than 2MB.

Submitting Your Program

  1. If you do not have an account, create an account.
  2. Check your email to verify your account.
  3. Sign into your account.
  4. Navigate to your Dashboard by pressing the Dashboard link on the navigation bar.
  5. Click on the button that says, "Submit a New Program".
  6. Fill out the form and attach the required documents. Depending on your region, you may be required to answer additional questions or attach additional documents.
  7. If you are unable to complete the form in one session, you can save your program submission and complete it at a later time.
  8. Submit your Program.

Once your program has been submitted, you and your dean will receive an email. You can view your program submission on the Browse page, or on your dashboard