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    through real-time regional and local labor market research and data validated by industry partners.

  • Connect

    business and industry with community colleges, and workforce and economic development professionals who are committed to developing an outstanding workforce.

  • Advance

    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.

"COE provides a valuable service and resource to colleges especially in light of diminishing resources. Linking academic programs to local economic opportunity is critical."

Matthew Green, Cuesta College

What’s New

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+