California is investing 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. One million more associate degrees, certificates, or industry-valued credentials will be needed by 2025 to meet projected demand.
The objective of the Strong Workforce Program is to offer more Career Education (CE) opportunities and to improve the outcomes of CE programs for both students and employers. Connecting the needs of students, educators and employers are critical to building a strong regional workforce and a competitive economy while providing an opportunity for workers to gain skills and income mobility.
With these objectives in mind, the Los Rios Community College District, in partnership with Valley Vision, and in collaboration with Sierra College and the Yuba Community College District, is investing a portion of its Strong Workforce allocation to explore the formation of Regional CE Advisory Committees. The objectives of Regional Advisory Committees are to provide timely information from employers on workforce needs; improve the efficiency of the CE advisory process for educators and employers, and to broaden opportunities for more systemic engagement across the region. The results of the Regional Advisory Committee meetings will help inform the decision about Strong Workforce Program investments.
Spring 2019 Regional Advisory Information and Materials
- Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Environmental Technologies Regional Advisory Committee Meeting Summary Report ( Meeting notes, Agenda, Participant list)
- California Community Colleges Doing What Matters: California Agricultural Industry Cluster Final Report
- Center of Excellence (COE) Presentation: Aaron Wilcher
- UCANR Ag Innovation Workforce Development Presentation: Gabe Youtsy
- Valley Vision Presentation