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Deputy Sector Navigators

Deputy Sector Navigators (DSNs)

  • Acts as a sector expert and provides support to the Regional Consortia and the Centers of Excellence by completing a "sector profile" of relevant programs and forecast of workforce readiness skills including:
    • Sector definition, industry structure, number of firms, employment, projected growth, workforce readiness skills, trends in relevant technology, changing skill sets, etc.
    • programs by college
    • program capacity
    • program performance (FTES, completion, retention, placement, wage advancement)
    • strategic initiatives
    • critical workforce development challenges
    • highest priorities for improving program performance for the sector
  • In coordination with the Regional Consortia, convene colleges (with relevant programs), employers, workforce and economic development organizations and labor stakeholders, to:
    • identify the regional workforce development and business development needs of the Sector
    • determine short and long-term skill set training needs
    • support college efforts to strengthen or develop programs that are in alignment with these needs leading to job placement and/or job retention and wage advancement for students. Note: DSN’s role is to contribute as needed to the development of curriculum and programs and not to develop them themselves.
  • When applicable, collaborate with Sector Navigators, other regional Deputy Sector Navigators and college contract education units to develop and expand the use of contract education to meet the dynamic needs of business and industry in an expedited manner.
  • When applicable, collaborate with state and regional Technical Assistance Providers to serve the needs of the region.
  • Promote and provide faculty and staff professional development opportunities to update the skills of faculty, teachers, counselors, and staff to reflect the needs identified in the Sector and to increase capacity of colleges within each region to address the needs of the Sector as applicable.
  • With the assistance of the SN, RC (and his or her designated college representative) and industry partner support the capacity of colleges to provide credit, non-credit, and not-for-credit offerings, and industry recognized certification programs that contribute to advancing workforce skill development with a focus on industry standards and technical skills specific to both existing and emerging occupations in the Sector.
  • Support curriculum and program development or revision to meet emerging workforce skillsets and industry standards and certifications.
  • Collaborate with education and economic development partners (for example students, parents, K-12, California State Universities, University of California, and Workforce Development Boards) to develop and broadly publicize industry- informed career pathways leading to living wage jobs and meeting long-term workforce needs within the regional labor market.
  • Collaborate with K-12 to improve linkages and career technical education pathways in high-need, high-growth, or emerging regional economic sectors.
  • Provide technical assistance to businesses.
Sector Navigator

Sector Navigators (SNs)

  • Provide technical assistance, and logistical support to statewide and regional projects to advance sector strategies, regional development, accountability- based performance metrics, and the adoption of effective workforce and economic development practices.
  • Identify and advocate programmatic priorities - with consideration for common metrics and accountability measures - in consultation with DSN’s, regional and statewide advisory bodies. Structure at least one statewide or multi-region advisory body –where business representation is at least 50%.
  • Act as first point of contact for statewide industry organizations and employers with the intent of assisting engagement with the community college system to respond to sector needs. Represent the Chancellor’s Office at state-level meetings and workgroups and facilitating business/industry connection with DSN’s and college programs.
  • Act as sector expert staying current with industry workforce development needs, trends, and funding opportunities in order to provide expert guidance to the Chancellor’s Office, DSN’s, Regional Consortia and regional sector-specific centers.
  • Develop and implement sector initiatives to address statewide and regional industry workforce priorities, supported by convening and facilitation, marketing, website development/maintenance, meeting logistics, data collection/reporting, and internal analysis of effectiveness.
  • Assist DSN’s, and the Regional Consortia to meet the needs of their particular industry sector in evaluating impact of their sector on the region’s economy.
  • Assist in the formation of workforce development networks, and development of contract and fee-supported approaches for meeting workforce development needs in their sector.Support the Chancellor’s Office and other Key Talent by:
    • contributing to the developing workplans
    • providing recommendations on monitoring;
    • providing technical assistance;
    • providing technical assistance as needed on RFAs, SB 858, and SB 1402 and any related compliance and reporting;
    • supporting and contributing to statewide and regional sector strategic planning.
  • Provide technical assistance/input to CCCCO on SB 1402 and SB 858 funded projects, and other Renewals, RFAs and funding opportunities.
  • Provide leadership in implementing the recently approved Strong Workforce Recommendations relating to sector work.
Regional Consortia

Regional Consortia (RC)

  • 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 Strong Workforce Program Metrics.
Technical Assistance Providers

Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs)

  • 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 Strong Workforce Program Metrics.