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

Regional Prosperity and the Digitalization of Skills

The digitalization of work is affecting jobs across all organizations regardless of industry. Nation and worldwide, there is widespread discussion, research and speculation about how automation, digitalization, and the disruption created by technological advances will …

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CAPITAL REGION WORKFORCE ACTION PLAN

The Capital Region Workforce Action Plan builds upon a region-wide economic analysis conducted in 2012 which turned attention to six promising industry clusters the Sacramento region could tap for job creation and growth opportunity: Advanced …

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STRONG WORKFORCE

California is investing $200 million annually in the Strong Workforce Program to help fill the growing demand for “middle-skill” positions that require more than a high school diploma, but not necessarily a 4-year college degree. …

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Blogs

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The Future of Work in the Capital Region

I got my first smartphone in 2011. Only seven years ago, yet, this technology has fundamentally changed my daily life, for better and worse. It is simultaneously amazing, overwhelming, enhancing, and distracting to have nearly …

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Five Steps to a Stronger Workforce

In order to support the needs of the regional workforce, community college leaders must establish close connections with business and community partners. Likewise, business and community partners must work closely with community colleges to ensure …

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Sierra College Experience Leaves Lasting Impact

He was good kid, really. Yet hard to tell by outward appearances. Long hair. Scraggly beard. Ripped jeans. Skateboard in hand.  It was probably his careless attitude and the way he disrupted the class that …

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