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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+

"The Centers of Excellence did the initial research and brought a regional strategic partnership group together to apply for a DOL grant. This joint effort is an example of regional leadership at it finest and is a model for convening future endeavors."

Steve F. Harrington
EWD, Inland Empire Economic Partnership

Current Studies

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.

Transportation

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+

Allied Health

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+

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