Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies - Making It In California
Doing What MATTERS for Business & Industry

Who We Are

The Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) is an advanced manufacturing initiative out of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, Workforce & Economic Development Division (WEDD). The CACT helps California manufacturers compete successfully in changing markets and the global economy. Through technology education, manufacturing training and services that contribute to continuous workforce development, the CACT provides expertise in technology deployment and business development.  Services include onsite training, low-or-no cost technical assistance and educational workshops, as well as information on how to qualify for state funds to assist with retraining employees and upgrading equipment.

The CACT also provides industry-specific reports on manufacturing, emerging industries/technologies, strategies for addressing specialized economic/workforce issues, promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education through school presentations, the development of recruitment tools & strategic partnerships, and provides many other resources to help industry, educators, and students succeed in California.

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The EWD is an integral part of the California Community Colleges, investing funding and resources in key industry sectors. EWD's industry-specific programs invest in the skills of California's workforce - now and in the future - through highly specialized industry training, technical consulting and business development. The end result is the ability for businesses to better understand the trends and labor market pertaining to their industry, and make informed decisions about how to grow and compete. For more information, visit: