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Consider labor market needs when making budget, course & program decisions.

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Retool programs that are not working or not meeting a labor market need so that students can study what MATTERS.

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Adopt common metrics and skills panels in CCCCO RFAs.

Strengthen regions with new skill sets.

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Solve a complex workforce training need so that our system can better deliver for employers and sectors.

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Workforce: Regional Reality Tool Kit

Workforce: The Regional Reality is the Economic and Workforce Development Division’s answer to the call of state legislative leadership for regional innovation partnerships between education, business, community and local government entities to improve educational and workforce outcomes for California’s learners.  Because a regional collaborative approach is effective at preparing students for college and careers, the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework is providing this Regional Reality Tool Kit to support stakeholders in developing and sharing best practices.  This three-phase plan is designed to communicate and emphasize the importance of community colleges, key field EWD talent, employers, and workforce partners working together in regional collaboration to close the skills gap.  Below are resources including overview video, webinars of already successful regional models, and a sharing tool of local college success stories resulting from regional alliances.

Phase 1 - Workforce: The Regional Reality Video - 2012

Understand why regional collaboration is more important than ever.

Download the video:
MP4 (190 MB - Windows)  |  MOV (1 GB - Windows or Mac)  |  FLV (140 MB - Windows, requires Flash)

Note: These zip file links are provided for the situation where you must play the video from your laptop or desktop because internet access is not available, e.g. you want to show the video in a meeting or presentation but cannot play it from the DWM website or YouTube. As noted next to the various formats, the zip files are large and download time will depend on your internet speed.

Phase 2 - Regional Collaboration Models

Learn about two models featured in two separate webinars demonstrating regional collaboration success in vastly different markets with different complexities, sectors and employer bases, numbers of community colleges, and economic conditions. Different regions have different challenges, but look to use pieces of these models to create a program that works for your region.  Additional models will be featured as they are developed.

1. Marketplace





2. SDICCA


Phase 3: Practices with Promise - Workforce Outcomes eShowcase

The Practices with Promise Workforce Outcomes e-Showcase system is an easy to use technology on the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy website that allows sharing and showcasing of regional collaboration successes throughout the system and state.

Browse the eShowcase Stories »

Other Tool Kit Resources


The Opportunity
For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy
Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. The four prongs are:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office