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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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WEDD Grantee Roles

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Deputy Sector Navigators

Deputy Sector Navigators

  • Serve as in-region contact for a sector, working with the region’s colleges and employers to create alignment around and deliver on workforce training and career pathways.  There are 7 macro-regions subdivided into 15 economic regions.  Deputy Sector Navigators operate at the macro-region level.  In certain geographies, there may be two Deputy Sector Navigators providing coverage to the macro-region.
  • Within the macro-region, is among 5-7 Deputy Sector Navigators, each serving an industry or occupational cluster selected by the macro-region as its priority or emergent sector targeted for investment.  The Regional Consortia has the task of selecting priority and emergent sectors.
  • Within the state, belongs to a network of Deputy Sector Navigators within the same sector that is led and coordinated by the Sector Navigator.  This network will help the Deputy Sector Navigator normalize workplans, learn of curriculum models and effective practices, and field “how to” questions.  The Chancellor’s Office communicates to the Deputy Sector Navigators through the Sector Navigators.
  • Has shared responsibility for moving the needle on Common Metrics and Accountability Measures.
Sector Navigator

Sector Navigators

  • Serve as first contacts in a sector for employers and for the community college system, fielding inquiries and determining how best to address the inquiry.
  • Are key talents with subject matter expertise in a particular sector or occupational cluster as well as familiarity with the assets of the California’s community college system.
  • Operate with a multi-region (or statewide) scope while coordinating workplans and communications across a network of in-region Deputy Sector Navigators.
  • Partner with Regional Consortia and Technical Assistance Providers to form and deliver on and sustain Sector Partnerships and Collaborative Communities of Practice that align community college and other workforce development resources with the needs of industry sectors and occupational clusters.
  • Assist the community college system – its various advisories, consortia, and network --  in connecting with industry associations and major employers and tracking industry trends that have workforce development implications.
  • Identify and help disseminate curriculum models and effective practices, alert/mobilize consortia to pursue contract and grant opportunities, and facilitate engagement between businesses and colleges.
  • Sector Navigators shall architect and implement an Advisory structure for their sector. An effective practice is to have one Statewide Advisory, and for every region where there are Deputy Sector Navigators, Regional Advisories will be needed in order to surface more localized feedback to the development of career pathways and workforce solutions. Note that another effective practice for the statewide advisory body is one of joint ownership.  For example, it suffices that the Health Development Council convened by the CWIB serves as the Statewide Advisory for the health sector.
  • Serve as Key Talent for the system and have a seat on the Chancellor’s Office Extended Operations Team. 
  • Has shared responsibility for moving the needle on Common Metrics and Accountability Measures.
Regional Consortia

Regional Consortia

  • Are composed of the CTE, workforce development, economic development, and contract education programs based at colleges within an economic region. Regions are sized large enough to encompass all or nearly all regional industry sectors. Some regions will be composed of sub-regions.
  • Partner with Sector Navigators and Technical Assistance Providers to incubate, sustain, and spin off both Sector Partnerships that serve industry sectors and occupational clusters within a defined domain and Collaborative Communities of Practice that bring faculty and practitioners together around common interests that can be better advanced by collaborative effort. Every sector will also have Advisory(ies) as part of doing their work.
  • Consortia Chairs participate with the region’s larger workforce and economic development networks and conversations, scouting out opportunities to engage community colleges in advancing the region’s prosperity.
  • Has shared responsibility for moving the needle on Common Metrics and Accountability Measures.
Technical Assistance Providers

Technical Assistance Providers

  • Retained by the Chancellor’s Office to provide expertise and technical assistance to the field. 
  • Consist of Chancellor’s Office staff and other experts within or identified by the system on topics identified through the Extended Operations Team as important to the execution of the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and Economy framework.
  • Enable Regional Consortia, individual colleges, Sector Navigators, Deputy Sector Navigators, sector partnerships and Collaborative Communities of Practice to more effectively carry out their roles by providing expert consultation and services in such areas as labor market research or LaunchBoard data collection.  See bottom of Contact Us for a list of Technical Assistance Providers.
  • Select Technical Assistance Providers serve as Key Talent for the system and have a seat on the Chancellor’s Office Extended Operations Team.
  • Has shared responsibility for moving the needle on Common Metrics and Accountability Measures.

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