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Kathy Booth

Kathy Booth

Senior Research Associate, WestEd

Kathy Booth has worked in the California community college system for over a decade. Her projects focus on translating research findings so that practitioners can apply them to pressing concerns and facilitating opportunities for community college leaders to develop action plans based on evidence.

As the project manager for a new workforce data system called the LaunchBoard, she is building practitioner access to a broader range of success measures in career technical education.

Ms. Booth also conducts research into non-completion pathways that yield family-sustaining wages, which has resulted in a number of action guides such as “The Ones that Got Away: Why Completing a College Degree Is Not the Only Way to Succeed.” She has also led a number of projects examining equitable approaches to building college readiness, including writing an environmental scan and facilitating practitioner work groups that are informing the development of a multiple measures assessment system for California community colleges. 

Prior to joining WestEd, she served as the executive director of the Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges (RP Group). In this role, she facilitated statewide meetings, created practitioner-focused briefs on community college reform strategies, and envisioned professional development approaches that encourage practitioners to integrate research into institutional improvement efforts. Ms. Booth also worked with the @ONE Project, where she managed a fellowship program that enabled faculty to conduct research in their own classrooms and developed multi-day trainings on the use of technology to improve student success.

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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