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Guides for Using Labor Market Information

Recently, the number of data sources for labor market information (LMI) has grown considerably. Given all these sources of information, it can be difficult to know which are best suited to the questions most often asked by community colleges.Two new guides help to demystify labor market data.Making Use of Labor Market Information Guide is structured around the types of questions that community colleges commonly ask related to developing new programs, grant applications, program review, and regional planning. Understanding Labor Market Information Resources is a companion guide designed to help practitioners evaluate 21 commonly-used  LMI sources, including strengths, limitations, screenshots, and web links.

Alternative Fuel & Advanced Transportation Technologies

Although there have been high-level assessments of jobs evolving from the development of the alternative fuel and advanced vehicle technologies, little has been done to understand specific workforce needs of employers and how post-secondary education responds. To explore further, the California Energy Commission commissioned a series of reports from the COE - incorporating surveys of fleet, dealership and automotive repair services employers, focus groups and expert interviews. More+

Healthcare Occupations in California

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+

"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)

California's Green Economy

Industry and Workforce Studies

Since 2008, the Centers of Excellence have coordinated on several studies to assess the workforce needs of emerging and evolving green industries and occupations.

Reports and Research

Recycling and Materials Management Occupations (pdf) - December 2013

  • refuse and recyclable material collector
  • hazardous materials removal worker
  • recycling and reclamation worker
  • recycling coordinator
  • commercial/industrial designer working with recycled materials
  • manufacturing production technician working with recycled materials

For the six occupations studied, more than 7,400 jobs could be created by R&MM firms over the next two years, representing a 24% growth rate over the period. Download key findings from the study.

Green Certifications in Northern California (pdf) - November 2012

Workforce Trends & Needs in Green Sectors (pdf) - October 2011

Understanding the Green Economy: A Community College Perspective (pdf) - June 2009

Download the Green Framework files
As detailed in the Understanding the Green Economy - A Community College Perspective, the COE definition of green is translated into industry, occupational and community college program crosswalks. Download the Green Framework tables in Excel format for your own research projects.

Green Industry Framework (xls) - North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
Green Occupational Framework (xls) - Standard Occupational Classification (SOC)
Green Program Crosswalk (xls) - Taxonomy of Programs (TOP) and Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP).

Green Industries & Jobs in California (pdf) - February 2009

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