Moving Forward – Workforce Development in California
The Moment Is Here
This is a moment of tremendous opportunity for California’s workforce programs and institution, which have suffered from neglect and underfunding for numbers of years. Each of the initiatives described builds on innovative efforts that have been incubating in the regions even in the face of fiscal and other obstacles.
Report Author: The California EDGE Coalition
Date: October 2013
This short paper identifies some of the key workforce achievements of this past year and points to a number of implementation challenges the state faces to ensure that we succeed in transforming a fragmented delivery system into to one that works effectively for students, job-seekers, and employers alike. To learn more, download the full text of the article here.
New Funding to Kickstart
In 2013, the Legislature took another step toward the development of a robust career pathway system when it allocated $250 M to build on California’s strong foundation of Partnership Academies, Linked Learning programs, and Regional Occupational Programs. The 2013-14 budget established the California Career Pathways Trust that will provide competitive grants to school districts, county superintendents of schools, charter schools, and community colleges to further develop career pathways and to strengthen connections with postsecondary institutions and business/industry.
33% (5 Million)
California workers earning less then $13.63 per hour
- Linking Initiatives
- Building on the strengths of existing programs and institutions
- Creating a stable, regional infrastructure across programs and institutions
- Developing models for successful leveraging
- Articulating pathways
- Building exemplars while addressing the needs of California’s multiple regions
- Doing what works
- Enhancing funding of community college career technical education in high-priority occupations
- Targeting Investments to Key Industry
- Implementing the California Clean Energy Jobs
- Strengthening the Role of the State Workforce
More Reports from the California EDGE Colalition
EDGE recently partnered with the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives (CAADPE) to publish a new report, Identifying Barriers to Employment After Substance
Understanding Competency-Based Education, Credit for Prior Learning, and Other Flexible Learning Approaches in California
Postsecondary credential attainment is a primary path to economic and social mobility. However, more than 5.5 million Californian adults have some college but no degree and are no longer enrolled. For millions more who are juggling personal and work responsibilities, fitting college into an already hectic life seems impossible.
California EDGE Coalition Releases Policy Brief on New Educational Approach to Serving Low-Skill Adult Learners
. A new policy brief released by the California EDGE Coalition examines the ways in which other states are now successfully employing competency-based approaches to teaching and learning which allow students to move flexibly – and often much more quickly – through an educational program that is designed to make sure they know and can do what is expected of graduates.
Many Californians face significant financial, educational and navigational barriers to completing the education and training they need to succeed in today’s labor market. Read our latest publication, Making Certificate and Degree Completion More Affordable and Accessible for Low-Wage Workers