Employers currently struggle to find workers who possess the necessary skills to fill job openings, and this skills gap is projected to grow. By 2025, 30 percent of all job openings in California-or a total of 1.9 million jobs-will require some form of postsecondary education short of a four-year degree. California's education pipeline is not keeping pace with the higher levels of skills and education required by employers and must significantly increase the number of individuals with industry-valued, middle-skill degrees, certificates and credentials.
Today's students and incumbent workers rely on a community college education to obtain the skills needed to be competitive and keep pace with a rapidly changing workplace. Because many employers require job applicants to demonstrate workplace readiness skills (sometimes called "soft-skills"), technology skills, and competencies in specific skill-sets, there is increased demand for short-term training aligned with a third-party credential, such as state license or an industry certification. Some students (called "skills-builders") elect to take one or two community college courses to help them solidify or gain skills required for ongoing employment and career advancement, without completing a program of study.
Workforce Development Initiatives at LMC
Adult Education Block Grant: The 2015-2016 State Budget appropriated $500 million to the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) and the California Department of Education to allocate funding for adult education. The funds will be provided to eligible consortia for the purpose of implementing regional plans for adult education. The intent of the Adult Education Block Grant was to expand and improve the provision of adult education via these consortia.
Diablo Gateway to Innovation: The Diablo Gateways to Innovation (DGI) Consortium is a coalition of 10 school districts in 3 counties, 4 community colleges, one Cal State University, 2 County Offices of Education, 2 Regional Occupational Programs, and 2 Workforce Investment Boards.
The Goal of the Diablo Gateways to Innovation Consortium is to create a regional approach to Career Pathways that allows students from throughout the region to successfully transition from middle school to high school to post-secondary education to employment in local businesses.
The East Bay Advanced Manufacturing Partnership: The EBAMP was founded in 2014 to be a vehicle for East Bay manufacturers to set priorities and work with a range of partner organizations at a single table to strengthen manufacturing, build awareness of jobs and salaries throughout the East Bay and is supported by 10 community colleges, 5 workforce investment boards, University of California-Berkeley, California State University East Bay, Manex, East Bay Economic Development Alliance, East Bay Manufacturing Group, East Bay Leadership Council, Contra Costa Economic Partnership, Innovation Tri-Valley, 101MFG, Biomedical Manufacturing Network.
Transit Career Ladders Training Program: In order to meet the growing needs of the transit workforce, BART is partnering with Los Medanos and three other East Bay colleges to develop streamlined pathways into transportation employment. The Transit Career Ladders Training Program (TCLT) will provide technical training for traditionally under-represented individuals including low-income students, women and veterans. The program features LMC's first "Industrial Technologies Summer Bridge", a 6-week program designed to prepare both transit and advanced manufacturing students for the rigors of technical instruction where math and English skills are key to success.
R4: Resilient Youth. Ready to Learn. Ready for Work. Ready for Life: R4 targets vulnerable youth in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, providing access to educational opportunities to help them build economically stable lives. R4 targets 2700+ youth in 18 East Bay Continuation, Community and Court schools, a population often overlooked in education reform. R4 brings together two County Offices of Education, nine community colleges, four WIBs and community-based organizations in deep collaboration with 17 Local Education Agencies to provide accelerated transitions to postsecondary education and workforce. The high-skill, high-demand pathways identified in this proposal provide flexible on-ramps to college and career and include: Education, Child Development & Family Services; Public Service: Law; Building and Constructions Trades (including Energy) and Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation.
CTE Employment Outcomes Survey: In an effort to provide information on employment outcomes for students who have participated in career technical education (CTE) programs at California community colleges-including whether students became employed within their field of study, if their community college coursework positively affected their earning potential, and why students dropped out of CTE programs-the RP Group partnered with the Bay Area Community College Consortium and practitioners from around the state to develop a universally available survey methodology. This survey is based on surveys that have been conducted at several colleges and was tested through a pilot study in 2011-12 with twelve colleges (including LMC), two districts, and one program of study (Medical Assisting) at seven different institutions in the Bay Region.
Road Map to College: A partnership with Opportunity Junction to create the first completely job-seeker-designed community college pathway program to serve low-income and long-term unemployed job-seekers, including those raised in generational poverty. The program provides wrap-around services for low-income and long-term unemployed job-seekers, from enrollment and assessment through case management, career development, and job placement.