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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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Guides for Using Labor Market Information

Recently, the number of data sources for labor market information has grown considerably. Given all these sources of information, it can be difficult to know which are best suited to the questions most often asked by community colleges. Two new guides help to demystify labor market data.

Making Use of Labor Market Information: Where to Find Data for Common Community College Decisions
Structured around the types of questions that community colleges commonly ask related to developing new programs, grant applications, program review, and regional planning, this guide addresses issues ranging from projected demand to evaluating how well programs are preparing students for the workplace.

Understanding Labor Market Information Resources: Descriptions, Benefits, and Limitations
This companion guide is designed to help practitioners evaluate commonly-used sources of labor market information and provides more detailed information on 21 different LMI sources, including strengths, limitations, screenshots, and web links.