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Doing What Matters: Career Education Programs

California Community Colleges Focus on Career Education

To address the current and future need for a skilled workforce, California Community College District has implemented Doing What Matters, a comprehensive career education program promoting career education as an affordable education pathway to a well-paying career. And, as a result of the efforts of this vigorous campaign, Community Colleges are seeing an increase in the number of students enrolling in these courses.

California Community Colleges are the largest provider of workforce training in the nation, serving more than 2 million students annually at 114 colleges all across state. More than 200 Career Education programs are taught by instructors and expert professionals, providing hands-on training while building the comprehensive skill sets needed for success in the jobs of today and well into the future.

Connecting to STEM

A Massachusetts college matches STEM students with industry partners for learning beyond the classroom.

MassBay Community College's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Mentor Program has been connecting STEM students with regional companies since 2014. The program provides skills-based programs and networking that are beneficial to mentors and students.

The STEM Mentor Program activities include meetings one-on-one meetings between students and mentors, group activities, social events, and workshops. Career and college preparation-related activities include job shadowing, reviewing resumes, preparing for interviews, going over course selections and post-college options.

Apprenticeships in the 21st Century

Moving Forward With a Tried and True Way of Creating Jobs

Apprenticeship has a long, outstanding history that is still relevant and growing today. In the 21st century, at a time when the job marketplace is in a a state of uncertainty, apprenticeship is having a resurgence, a renaissance, especially among young job seekers who are trying to find that first job or are seeking skills that will enable them to find good paying jobs without having to get a two- or four-year degree.

Over the last five years, our national apprenticeship system has drawn steady and growing attention from policymakers across the country and at all levels of government. In 2013, President Obama vowed to double the number of apprentices in 5 years.