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Thomas L. Friedman

New Rules
September 8, 2012
New York Times

“Van Ton-Quinlivan, the vice chancellor for workforce and economic development at the California Community Colleges System, explained to me the four basic skill sets out there today. Read the full article »

“This is the type of leadership and positive initiative that the Chancellor’s Office is uniquely positioned to carry out for our colleges and thus the state. From my perspective, one of the most important areas of focus we could have.”

Peter MacDougall
former Community College Board of Governor, former Superintendent / President of Santa Barbara City College

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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Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy

Among the activities of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the programs of the Division of Workforce and Economic Development bridge the skills and jobs mismatch and prepare California’s workforce for 21st century careers. The Division serves as administrator for several streams of state and federal funds, including Governor’s Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative (SB70), Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, and Proposition 98 dollars for Apprenticeship, Economic & Workforce Development (EWD), and Career Technical Education (CTE).

The Division collaborates with employers, organized labor, local communities, and their community colleges through programming supported by these funds to close the skills gap and to foster successful student completion.

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

Doing What Matters - Goals

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:

The goals of Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy are to supply in-demand skills for employers, create relevant career pathways and stackable credentials, promote student success and get Californians into open jobs.

The Road Ahead
A focus on priority/emergent sectors and industry clusters; take effective practices to scale; integrate and leverage programming between funding streams; promote common metrics for student success; remove structural barriers to execution.

California’s community colleges are vital to the economy

The California Community Colleges play an important role in boosting our state’s economy by serving more than 2.6 million students a year. In fact, one out of four community college students in the U.S. is enrolled in a California community college, making it the nation’s largest system of higher education.

Our 114 colleges provide students with the knowledge and background necessary in today’s competitive job market. With a wide range of educational offerings, the colleges provide workforce training, basic skills courses in English and math, certificate and degree programs and preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. In a difficult economy, a college education is critical. Our campuses also serve as a natural gateway for veterans seeking a degree or job skills to transition to civilian life.

All-In Nation: An America That Works for All” describes how strong communities of color are critical to America’s economic future and lays out a comprehensive policy agenda to build an equitable economy where everyone can participate and thrive.  The Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework supports student access and success – inclusive of underserved communities -- so that California can have a skilled workforce reflective of its diversity.

Community colleges are adjusting to emerging markets and the fastest-growing sectors of the economy