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 Division launched Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy—a four-pronged framework to respond to the skills gap issues. 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
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. Check out their ten sector priorities and how they are aligning the multitude of stakeholders around the framework at http://doingwhatmatters.cccco.edu/
Click here to see the latest video about their communications strategies with Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor, Workforce and Economic Development - California Community Colleges.