WORKFORCE BRIEF SERIES: Economic and Workforce Development
The Economic and Workforce Development Mission
The mission of the Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) program is to advance California’s growth and global competitiveness through high quality education and services focusing on continuous workforce improvement, technology deployment and business development consistent with the needs of the state’s regional economies.
Report Author: The California EDGE Coalition
Date: August 2011
This installment of the Workforce Brief Series titled “Economic and Workforce Development” describes the localized programs, and their varied strategies and funding streams, which seek to bring economic prosperity to every region in California. To learn more, download the full text of the article here.
Industry Driven Regional Collaborative projects ($3.8 million) provide short-term grants to local colleges to respond to emerging education and training needs of regional employers.
Regional Resource Center projects ($11.2 million) provide long-term delivery and capacity development infrastructure for community colleges.
Responsive Incumbent Worker Training projects ($3.9 million) provide grants to colleges for either (a) expanding the delivery of performance improvement training to employers and incumbent workers in high growth industries or (b) developing programs that integrate basic skills and career technical education curriculum to help students transition into high technology and high demand job sectors.
Job Development Incentive Training projects ($2.2 million) provide training to employers that incorporates job creation for unemployed, under-employed low-income workers, and public assistance recipients.
By The Numbers
Various funding streams for economic and workforce development programs operated by the Community Colleges.
33% (5 Million)
California workers earning less then $13.63 per hour
The Chancellor’s Office is required to submit an annual report each spring to the Governor and Legislature that includes information on expenditures disaggregated by industry clusters and regions.
The EWD program serves students, employers, and colleges. According to the 2008J09 Annual Report, of the participants who received training 29 percent were current employees of regional businesses, 47 percent were entrepreneurs, and 24 percent were students.
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