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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 excellent, well-written reports, market data and useful information in very useful formats for our purposes at RCCD Economic Development. Our grant award success rate can be clearly tied to the valuable market and economic data we have used from COE. Thanks for your hard work and continued excellence!"

Robert Grajeda, Riverside Community College District

What’s New

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+