Employer Demand for Business Information Workers (BIW 2) in California
The Center of Excellences for Labor Market Research collaborated with the Sector Navigator for ICT/Digital Media to conduct a study assessing the potential for employers to hire business information worker (BIW 2) candidates trained by community colleges. The BIW pathway prepares students for entry-level and mid-level jobs and offers training in areas such as computer office applications, social media support, and customer relations. Read the report+
Demand & Supply Data
Conducting a program review? Analyzing your CTE portfolio? Looking for data to kick-start regional conversations about program alignment? The Centers of Excellence have created a suite of tools to support your decision-making with labor market data. California community colleges can utilize these data tools to assess projected occupational demand and the supply of graduates from a program(s) of study. Access data here+
Guides for Using Labor Market Information
Recently, the number of data sources for labor market information (LMI) has grown considerably, making it difficult to know which are best suited to the questions most often asked by community colleges. Check out these two new guides that help demystify labor market data:
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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+