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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+

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+

"The information provided in the two Centers of Excellence reports substantiated what many of us believed was a need. But without the hard data, we were not certain of the extent of the need. I have used the statistics in your reports with our local press in their reporting of the need, in or own marketing materials, and in explaining the need to our campus. These statistics will also form the basis of our grant application. I cannot thank you enough for this important work."

Pablo Buckelew
Dean Educational Programs
Santa Barbara City College


Below are various publications helpful for community colleges and our workforce and economic development stakeholders.

America’s Forgotten Middle-Skill Jobs (November, 2007)

California Green Innovation Index 2008 (Inaugural Issue)

Green Careers Resource Guide (updated throughout the year)

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), 2008-09 Edition

How Should Colleges Assess and Improve Student Learning? Employers’ Views on the Accountability Challenge (January, 2008)

How Many College Graduates does the U.S. Labor Force really need? (February, 2008)

Economic Impact of the 42007 Wildfires

Are They Really Ready to Work? (October, 2006)

Closing the Health Workforce Gap in California (November, 2007)

Inc. 5,000: The Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America (2007)

Research Brief: Patterns and Trends in the Location Decisions of California Businesses (November, 2007)

The Economic Impacts of CalPERS Investments on the California Economy (September, 2007)