Nicole Rice

Community College Board creates Workforce Education and Training Task Force

By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Dec. 11, 2014

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has created a task force to develop and recommend policies and procedures that will make the community college workforce education and training programs more responsive to the needs of California’s key industry sectors.

The Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy will build upon other initiatives that the California Community Colleges have undertaken to increase individual and regional economic competitiveness by providing the state’s workforce with relevant skills and quality credentials that match employer needs and fuel a stronger economy.

“Community colleges serve as the workforce training engines behind California’s regional economies,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris.  “The task force commissioned today will meet with industry leaders, college faculty and staff, elected officials, and other important members of the community to determine what our college system must do to help us achieve the best for our students and state.”

The task force will be comprised of representatives from the California Community Colleges, business community, labor groups, public agencies involved in workforce training, K-12 policy, and community based organizations. Individuals selected to participate on the task force will be announced soon. It will conduct its work in three separate phases:

  • The first phase, set to begin this December, will involve holding meetings with community college practitioners to surface strategies and prioritize workforce training policies and practices that engender flexibility to respond to the changing labor market, regional responsiveness, partnership with industry, and ensure student degrees, certificates, credentials, and coursework are universally honored by colleges and have value to employers.
  • The second phase will start in February 2015 and involve town hall meetings in regions across the state with elected officials and leaders from business, economic development agencies, K-12, labor, and other community organizations to vet and build on ideas and practices that bring stronger alignment between community colleges and key industry sectors. The town hall meetings will include interactive discussions focused on how the community college system can act as a catalyst for growth in California’s regional economies.
  • The final phase involves meetings of the full task force itself. Members will deliberate over information and issues identified at the regional meetings and develop a set of recommendations by the end of summer 2015, which will be proposed for adoption by the Board of Governors.

You can see the calendar of events for the task force here

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