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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+

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+

"The Centers of Excellence have the ability to present real-time data in a manner that makes my job easier. I would suggest that any community college professional currently not using the Centers of Excellence are missing an excellent resource for making objective decisions on curriculum development and new programs."

Ken Eaves
Barstow College

STEM in 20

Today's Innovation : Tomorrow's Jobs

STEM in 20, a research and planning project of the COE in collaboration with the Institute for the Future, takes an explorative look at industry innovations affecting workforce trends in the next 20 years, focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

What is STEM in 20?

The STEM in 20 project was developed to assist community college and k-12 partners discuss workforce trends with students from a unique perspective - more than 20 years into our future, what innovations and trends will have become mainstream? And where is it likely that advances in science and technology will create new products, new paradigms and new job opportunities? More+

In the first phase, STEM in 20 consists of three series of reports: Drivers of Change, Industries of the Future, and Jobs of the Future. These are all intended to inform and engage - infusing a long-term perspective into curriculum development conversations and providing career counseling services with information and tools to inspire students.

Moving forward, the second phase of the STEM in 20 project will bring educators together in industry-focused workshops across the state to discuss how industry innovations are impacting career technical education in today's classroom and how to prepare students for tomorrow's workplace. Contact the COE to learn more about the upcoming events.

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Drivers of Change in California

Drivers are important starting points for creating forecasts - plausible, internally consistent visions of the future. Drivers of change are the deep underlying forces that will be shaping the future. When thinking about the future of jobs in California, the Institute for the Future identified the following seven drivers as key: health divide, de-institutionalization, energy, volatility and uncertainty, smart machines, new manufacturing, and big data. Learn more+

Implications for Education

The system of higher education in California will change more in the next 20 years than it has in the previous
100. In the Drivers of Change report, five implications for education are drawn from the forecasts most relevant to community college leaders and educational innovators as they think about preparing the workforce and citizens of the future. Educational and community leaders can use these insights, and many others suggested in the report, to create action steps to continue to prepare for the future.

Industries of the Future

STEM in 20 identified a short list of industry sectors vital to the California economy and the opportunities they hold for the future of the state's workforce. The Industries of the Future were chosen for their relationship to the Drivers of Change and for the opportunity they present in advancing an innovation economy.

Jobs of the Future

The Jobs of the Future profiles were developed to connect existing career concentrations to industry innovations with the goal of envisioning potential new occupations. While these particular job titles may or may not materialize, the underlying job tasks, skills, and abilities of the work most likely will take form as new technologies and innovations bring about change.

Book to App Converters Matter Programmers Smart Grid Game Mechanics
Chef-Farmers Neuromarketers Space Haulers & Recyclers
Cognitive Ecologists Personal Care Coordinators Talent Aggregators
Data Intensive Nurses Pre-Crime Analysts Urban Agriculturalists
Digital Archaeologists Self-Quantification Coaches Visual Analytics Experts
Ethno-Cultural Ambassadors Smart Contacts Developers  
Global Sourcing Managers Smart Dust Programmers  

The STEM in 20 project was made possible by an SB70 grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.