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  • Inform

    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.

"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

What’s New

Recycling & Materials Management

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+

Focus on Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is an essential part of the state and regional economies and each year, billions of dollars in products are manufactured in California. This report focuses on the growth and job requirements of eight manufacturing occupations. When surveyed, employers projected creating nearly 1,800 new jobs in these 8 occupations over the next five years. More+

STEM in 20

STEM in 20, a COE research project in collaboration with the Institute for the Future (IFTF), takes an explorative look at innovations affecting workforce trends in the next 20 years, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM in 20+