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California Economy:
Focus on Jobs

Sarah Bohn, Research Fellow
Public Policy Institute of California

Milken Report

A Matter of Degrees
The Effect of Educational Attainment on Regional Economic Prosperity - Milken Institute

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

Decide on program capacity as a region.

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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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Give Priority to What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy

Colleges can take a regional approach to identify labor market trends, evaluate how each collegiate region is responsive to market demands, and decide which programs matter most to jobs and the economy as well as how and where they will be delivered.

  • Consider labor market needs when making local decisions: budget, courses, and programs.
  • Decide on program capacity as a region.

NEW! Use our regional interactive resource map to find industry sectors and their navigators, regional consortia leaders, research data, regional and sector labor market reports, and more.

We are striving to get smarter in prioritizing our system’s resources so that we can prepare a workforce that enables our regional industry sectors to compete and grow jobs for California.

There is a serious and growing shortage of skilled workers for major regional industry sectors across California—while there are also hundreds of thousands of people who are unemployed or underemployed statewide. Too often, our current approach is under-resourced and fragmented, falling short of meeting the full needs of our regional economies or communities. A call-to-action arose from the May 11th, 2012 California Economic Summit“prioritize existing workforce-training and career-education resources to focus on major regional industry sectors.”

Towards this end, the CCCCO is encouraging regional planning of career technical education (CTE) capacity. Under the framework of Doing What Matters for Jobs and Economy, the Chancellor Office Centers of Excellence has published labor market profiles for our state’s 15 economic regions. Use this and other data included on this website as a starting point to stimulate discussions with others with a vested interest in your region.  They may include the region’s economic development entities, workforce investment boards, employers and industries, organized labor, K-12 and other education systems, community based organizations, and more.

Find all 15 reports at by using our regional interactive resource map or visit www.coeccc.net/dwm.

Seven state-level agencies have aligned around the shared agenda of supporting regional industry sector strategies. They seek to work with our system to identify the top-priority industry sectors (and emerging clusters) and deliver towards the skills needed by these regional sectors.

Give Priority to What MATTERS to Jobs and the Economy, especially when prioritizing budgets, courses, and programs of study.


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