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