21st Century Workforce

Overview

To maintain a vibrant and prosperous economy, our region must have a talented workforce — educated, trained and ready — for emerging opportunities in the 21st century economy.

Valley Vision has defined the route to get there:

  • Identify skill gaps
  • Promote educational pathways
  • Assess future employment needs
  • Improve linkages across industry sectors
  • Support access to workforce training
    • Our objective is to increase regional economic prosperity by aligning skills development and educational opportunities that create pathways to high-quality jobs.

      Our Metric: Increase the percentage of the population with a post high school certificate or degree to 45% by 2027.

    • The Capital Region faces a critical skills gap where workers are not learning the right skills to meet high-growth industry demand, causing employers an inability to fill vacant positions. Valley Vision is addressing this issue by:

      • Providing research to clarify where high-growth jobs will occur in the next ten years
      • Improving the talent pipeline by increasing coordination between employers and educators
      • Improving the employer advisory systems to make it easier for employers to engage
      • Ensuring that students are ready for employment by increasing the number of internships and work-based opportunities for students in the region.
    • In order for our regional economy to retain talent and grow economically, we are increasing the alignment between employment and education and training opportunities. This will help students and workers access the educational pathways they need.

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Featured Projects

FOOD & AG WORKFORCE PATHWAYS

In order for the Sacramento region to remain competitive in global markets, we must ensure next generation career pathways exist for middle skills jobs. This means meeting the highest priority workforce needs of employers and …

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CAPITAL REGION WORKFORCE ACTION PLAN

A region-wide economic analysis conducted in 2012 turned attention to six promising business clusters that the Sacramento region could tap for job creation and growth opportunity. Advanced Manufacturing, Education and Knowledge Creation, Clean Energy Technology, Information and …

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talent retention strategy

Regions thrive economically when they have a large base of qualified young talent to meet employer demands. We also know that when students explore, engage and participate with their community and if they know and …

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Blogs

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News Release: Study Finds Workforce Shortage in Construction Sector Impedes Projects; Puts Upward Pressure on Housing Prices

New research forecasts shortage of more than 7,000 workers annually over next five years SACRAMENTO, CA — Valley Vision and the Center of Excellence at Los Rios Community College District released research findings today assessing …

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Innovate Sac Showcases New Partnerships and Cutting-Edge Tech

Following the announcement of Dale and Katy Carlsen’s $6 million gift to Sacramento State, which will establish the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Sac State’s Alumni Center was the perfect backdrop for Innovate Sac. The …

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Manufacturing the 21st Century Workforce

Manufacturing is alive and growing in the Capital Region – just look at our new maker spaces, new manufacturing workforce programs at our community colleges, and K-12 kids participating in robotics programs! With a skilled …

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