A regional approach to workforce development
The East Bay Career Advancement Academies (EBCAA) is a regional workforce development initiative led jointly by the Contra Costa County and Peralta Community College Districts. Together, the seven Contra Costa and Peralta Colleges have created a regional academy system with over 20 short term career training programs that target low income young adults, 18 to 30 years old, who face academic and personal barriers to employment and training. EBCAA intentionally targets students that the community college system has struggled to serve, including individuals 2 to 3 levels below college readiness in math and English, who may not have a GED or diploma, and who come from the East Bay's hardest hit communities.
EBCAA is a central component of the college's efforts to bring more low income residents into career path employment to bridge the achievement gap facing our educational system and help low income students access careers in growing regional industries such as energy efficiency and production, health care, information technology, trade and logistics, and advanced manufacturing. EBCAA couples contextualized basic skills with technical training and expanded support systems to increase completion, ongoing enrollment, and employment among student groups who typically struggle to access and succeed in higher education.
EBCAA Programs include support systems and instructional best practices that help students succeed who otherwise would be statistically unlikely to to attend college or likely to leave early without certification or a degree. Key features of this dynamic and evolving system include:
Each of the seven Peralta/CCCCD colleges has created one or more unique training pathways based on their existing CTE programs in industries such as Healthcare, Warehouse Operations, Automotive Repair, Green Construction and Bio-Manufacturing. Collectively, the colleges intend to enroll 700 students per year and they have committed to an open source program development and governance process to improve services every year, institutionalize successful pathways, and build a regional alliances with WIBs, industry, economic development agencies, and local communities to support the broader academy structure beyond the end of grant funding.