through real-time regional and local labor market research and data validated by industry partners.
business and industry with community colleges, and workforce and economic development professionals who are committed to developing an outstanding workforce.
the economic and workforce development mission of California's community colleges in partnering with business and industry and preparing the workforce to succeed in the future.
"The Centers of Excellence are a key resource to our members in understanding how industry workforce needs impact local economic development."
Wayne Schell, Ca. Association for Local Economic Development (CALED)
In partnership with the Health Workforce Initiative (HWI) and the California Hospital Association (CHA), the Centers of Excellence (COE) conducted a study of healthcare occupations in seven regions across California. The study included a survey of ambulatory care and nursing/residential care facilities, and an additional survey of hospitals within CHA membership. More+
This collaborative study confirms that six Middle Skills occupations are significant to the Life Sciences/Biotechnology sector, supporting more than 17,000 jobs currently and anticipating 4,700 job openings over the next five years. Community colleges prepare students for these jobs, but might need to expand capacity and better align programs to meet employer demands. More+
In 2013, the COE surveyed over 230 Recycling & Materials Management (R&MM) firms in California to better understand their workforce needs. Survey results indicate that more than 14,000 jobs could be created over the next two years, representing a 10% job growth rate over the period. More+