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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+

Life Sciences & Biotech Middle Skills Workforce

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+

"I have great appreciation for the Centers of Excellence. I have made over 100 copies of the Industry Scan Report on Construction and the Construction Industry Survey for our local contractors, suppliers, educators, and the community in general. One of the largest suppliers in our area asked for copies for their home office in Monterey. As a result, they donated $20,000 in equipment to our program."

Pablo Buckelew
Santa Barbara City College

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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