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.
Some examples of effective initiatives discussed in IFTF's report include:
1. Self Employment Pathways in the Gig Economy, a program launched for a network of 20 colleges to help students succeed in the entrepreneurial world of the "gig economy" and its alternative work options
2. California Community Colleges CCC Maker, an initiative which connects 35 community colleges to the maker movement, such as building makerspace communities; embedding "making" into curriculum; providing internships; and supporting students to explore, create and connect with opportunities
3. New World of Work 21st Century Skills, a program already adopted at 22 colleges that addresses employers' concerns about applicants' lack of "soft skills" -- such as adaptability, an analysis or solutions mindset, collaboration, social and diversity awareness, communication, digital fluency, an entrepreneurial mindset, empathy, self-awareness and resilience -- for the 21st century.
The Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework invests in California's economic growth and global competitiveness through industry-specific partnerships, education, training, and services that contribute to a strong workforce for California.