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+
"The Centers of Excellence are a key resource to our members in understanding how industry workforce needs impact local economic development."
Ca. Association for Local Economic Development (CALED)
Workforce data customized for community colleges
The Centers of Excellence support the community colleges by providing customized data on high growth, emerging, and economically-critical industries and occupations and their related workforce needs. To maximize potential audiences and resources, these studies may be conducted at both statewide and regional levels. The following are COE multi-regional and statewide studies currently in production or recently completed.
Rising gas prices and heightened environmental awareness has led to a surge of interest in alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, and advanced transportation systems throughout the United States. In 2010, the Centers of Excellence launched a statewide effort to study the workforce needs of industries related to alternative fuel vehicles and advanced transportation systems. More+
The allied healthcare industry is a vital component of California’s healthcare system and accounts for close to 60% of all health care employment in the state. To further explore in-demand allied health occupations and assess their relevance to community college education and training, the Centers of Excellence coordinated a multi-regional effort, resulting in the following body of reports. More+
California's Water Industries
California is experiencing a severe drought that has resulted in water rationing, fewer agricultural crops, the loss of thousands of jobs, and an overall decline in the state’s economic health. Further, the demand for water continues to increase as the state’s population grows. As such, water and waste management efforts are necessary to ensure that future generations have access to freshwater. The COE studies approach water industries and their related occupations from different angles but with a common theme - water conservation. More+
Information and Communications Technologies (ICT)
To remain competitive in a global economy, California must prepare its workforce for the expanded skills needed for both traditional IT jobs as well the new emerging standards of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). The COE have been conducting a multi-phase study of ICT to assess its integration into, and impact on, California businesses and workers . More+