April 2017
In this Issue:
There is great energy amongst our colleges and their partners towards building a Strong Workforce that fuels regional economies and advances social mobility. Enjoy!

Best,
Van Ton-Quinlivan
Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development 

article5
Photo Credit: John Guenther/CA Fwd
 
caeconomyarticleCommunity Colleges Give Breakdown Where New Workforce Funds Being Spent

by Ed Coughlan, California Economic Summit
Original article here.
 
The California Community Colleges have released and are updating robust data on how $200 million in Career Technical Education (CTE) funding is going to be spent across California.

"Getting this information online and available to the public is an important part of the work," said Dr. Matthew Roberts, dean of field operations for the Workforce and Economic Development Division for the California Community College Chancellor's Office. "We urge employers, civic and business leaders and the colleges to follow the progress the colleges are making as the regional and local projects get underway."

The data are divided into two main sections:  $113 million that will be spent at local colleges and the  $72 million for regional plans, those which involve more than one community college working together. 

This new ongoing funding is structured as a 60 percent Local Share allocation for each community college district and a 40 percent Regional Share determined by a regional consortia of colleges to focus on the state's seven macro-economic regions.

Already, 542 local share proposals totaling over $87 million have been approved.

One hundred and twenty regional proposals have been certified at the cost of the $46.6 million. The largest of those is a Global Trade and Logistics Regional Consortia and Digital Badging, being led by Los Angeles Southwest College. The consortia now involves 10 colleges in Southern California.

"We're actively exploring how to develop certificate programs that are of value to the employers in this sector," said Rick Hodge,  dean of CTE at L.A. Southwest College. "In addition, there's a great emphasis on job placement to make sure that qualified students who are interested in this sector can land a job."

Global Trade and the movement of goods is a huge driver in the California economy. The Inland Empire has seen a 21 percent job growth in the last six years, second only to the San Francisco Bay Area-driven by the state's warehousing sector, which has increased 26 percent in that time.

For more on the types of jobs California is creating,  read this in-depth story by Anthony York of the Grizzly Bear Project.

The story focuses on California's economic and regional diversity, which is also at the heart of the Strong Workforce Program the colleges have launched.

"The diversity of California's economy demands different skills for different regions," said  Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development for the Community College system. "When the Legislature invested an additional $200 million in career technical education, we designed a process to address those regional needs."

The critical need for one million more skilled workers is why  CA Fwd and the  California Economic Summit have worked so hard to support the Strong Workforce Program of the California Community Colleges.

"The California Economic Summit has been promoting expanded workforce training for the past five years. It is a huge issue in California and we've worked closely with the Chancellor's office to help develop and promote this work," said Leah Grassini Moehle, CA Fwd program manager for workforce development. "The Strong Workforce Program embraces data, collaboration, and innovation to rejuvenate the way California thinks about the workforce. It's a major step forward for the state."

It's leaders like Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley and Vice Chancellor Ton-Quinlivan who have positioned California Community Colleges as a national leader in workforce preparation.

"The California Community Colleges are taking the lead on career technical education nationally to ensure that we're creating programs and curricula that allow students to quickly get into the workforce and take advantage of the jobs that are out there," said Oakley.

By publishing the data online, it allows all the stakeholders to view what the colleges are doing and how.

"Transparency is an important part of this process," added Ton-Quinlivan. "California employers and employees now can see that the money being spent in the various regions address the employment needs of that region."

regionallocalplansStrong Workforce Regional and Local Plans and Analytics
 
Recently released on the Strong Workforce Program website are plans and reports outlining local and regional shares of program funds. In particular, the in-depth, robust summary analytics show numerous data for programs on a local and regional level, including dollars available and requested; proposals presented and certified with a detailed list; budgets by industry sector; and proposal density by district, industry sector and TOP code. Below is an excerpt from a sample regional share dashboard. Click here to access the reports.

stanfordarticleStanford Social Innovation Review Publishes Ton-Quinlivan's Article About Cross-Sector Collaboration
 
The Stanford Social Innovation Review recently published an article by Vice Chancellor Van Ton-Quinlivan explaining how cross-sector collaboration and change-management strategies helped move career technical education from an afterthought to a public priority in California. 
Other recent articles
 
 
Are You Ready for the Talent Crunch? - Insights by Stanford Business, February 22, 2017
rebrandingCareer Technical Education Rebranding Campaign Underway
 
Significant progress is underway in a campaign to rebrand and promote career technical education as part of the Strong Workforce Program's recommendation #21, "Create a sustained, public outreach campaign to industry, high school students, counselors, parents, faculty, staff, and the community at large to promote career development and attainment and the value of career technical education." Click here for an update. 
sectorstrategiesSector Strategies

Advanced Manufacturing: Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy Supports National Smart Manufacturing Initiative
 
Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies The Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies , the advanced manufacturing sector of Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy, is supporting the resurgence of manufacturing on a national level with its involvement in the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII). Read more here. 
Life Sciences / Biotech: Orange County Collaboration Moves the Needle
 
OC BioTech Education
The Orange County Biotech Education Partnership is a collection of five community colleges that not only collaborate with each other for student success, but partner with industry regionally to address the skilled talent  pipeline. "They are really moving the needle on promoting Life Sciences career pathways," reports Life Sciences/Biotech Sector Navigator Sandra Slivka. Learn more here.  
Health: First Innovations in Health Education Conference a Success
 
The Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy healthcare sector brought together more than 140 educators and stakeholders for the first Innovations in Health Occupations Education Conference in Ontario in January. Presenters shared teaching methodologies using technology and hands-on training for increased student engagement and learning outcomes. Educators shared that they appreciated the opportunity to explore tools to change their delivery to the millennial student population, while also maintaining a traditional approach to teaching.

Health Education Conference Photo Industry representatives also valued the conference. "The Health Education Conference's focus on what's working in our industry and how we can be innovative in our way of training future healthcare professionals was timely, engaging and refreshingly positive. I am excited about training opportunities for current and future students," said Cathy Martin, vice president of workforce policy at the California Hospital Association.  
 
Click here to access the presentations delivered at the conference.
Article 2Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy Brings Innovation to Scale
 
Experience has shown that starting a program at one college with its unique traits and then attempting to replicate the program at another college with its unique traits carries many challenges. In response, Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy (DWM) developed a different method for program replication.
 
Rather than fund one college at a time to pilot change, California Community Colleges, through the DWM framework, oftentimes funds a network of multiple colleges at the start. Doing so challenges colleges to organize for scale from the beginning. Once proof of concept has been established for 10 colleges, for example, adding the 15th, the 20th or the 113th can be much easier. Several successful initiatives serve as proof positive:
 
New World of Work New World of Work is a modular curriculum with badging technologies incorporated with the goal of instilling 21st century skills for practical, real world entrepreneurship and employment opportunities. The Mozilla Foundation recently highlighted New World of Work as one of two promising practices nationally in higher education to develop and implement digital badges for soft skills.
 
"Relevant, engaging, invaluable! The NWoW 21st Century Employability Skills training provides faculty with a vast supply of research-based, relevant curriculum resources and strategies that enhance courses across all disciplines! The training masterfully engages faculty in digging deep into the connections between work-based learning and classroom instruction. The 10 critical skills required in today's ever-changing job market are demonstrated in a creative modular design and appeal to faculty and students. Having been through the two-day training myself, I am thrilled that Sierra can bring this opportunity to not only our faculty but also to our Adult Education partners!"
 
Darlene Jackson, Associate Dean
Business and Technology
Career and Technical Education
Sierra College
 
Here to Career App Screen Shot Here to Career is a mobile app developed with Young Invincibles that empowers California students to find degree programs that match their career interests.
 
CCC Maker
CCC Maker is the first statewide community college system effort in the United States to intentionally grow a network of STEM/STEAM-focused makerspaces linked to higher education to develop a workforce for the innovation economy. Susan Hackwood, executive director of California Council on Science and Technology and Van Ton-Quinlivan wrote about California Community Colleges' maker movement as an example of taking STEM education innovation to scale in this article in evoLLLution .
Strong Workforce
launchboard LaunchBoard

LaunchBoard News

Want help explaining who skills-builders are?
 
 
This two minute video provides an overview of skills-builder students and information on where to find out more about their successful outcomes. Or download this infographic .