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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

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+

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+