In 1967, the California Community College Administrators of Occupational Education was established to serve as a statewide organization to advocate and promote interest and support for administrators having responsibility for vocational programs.

In response to a changing environment and evolving styles of leadership, the membership was expanded in 1992 to include faculty, support staff, and individuals from public and private sectors with shared interests in promoting occupational education and economic development. It was at this time that the organization became known as California Community College Association for Occupational Education.

The Mission of CCCAOE is to provide leadership for occupational education and economic development professionals involved in workforce development and the enhancement of California's position within a global economy.