A Solution:

The new Strong Workforce Program is a comprehensive effort to fuel upward mobility & regional economies by aligning regional workforce needs, employers, and labor market data with community colleges in order to train more Californians to succeed in a competitive workforce.

The Problem:

California faces a need for 1 million more bachelor's degree grads & 1 million more middle-skill workers over the next 10 years but the state's economic regions, industry clusters & education institutions have a long way to go to achieve an integrated & efficient system that serves students & employers.

FEATURED STORIES

April 24, 2017

VIDEO: How to build a Strong Workforce for California

Take a couple minutes to learn how the next generation of workers will benefit from community college initiative Read More »

Strong Workforce
April 13, 2017

California’s major economic sectors to benefit from new Strong Workforce funding

Community Colleges reveal $200 million in spending and accountability plans via regional workforce programs Read More »

Strong Workforce
April 05, 2017

Community Colleges give breakdown where new workforce funds being spent

Data portal details how $200 million in career tech education funding are being distributed across California Read More »

REPORTING

How a Central Valley community college adapted to COVID-19 online learning shift
May 07, 2020

How a Central Valley community college adapted to COVID-19 online learning shift

Expanding broadband access in vast regions of California was already a large educational challenge Read More »

2020 PIE Contest Opens to Honor Employer-Education Workforce Programs
April 28, 2020 by CA Economic Summit

2020 PIE Contest Opens to Honor Employer-Education Workforce Programs

Nominations now accepted for fourth annual Partnerships For Industry and Education competition Read More »

Program aims to fill California’s wildfire and forestry workforce gap
April 24, 2020 by Deb Kollars

Program aims to fill California’s wildfire and forestry workforce gap

Central Valley Forestry Corps Generates Job Opportunities, Wildfire Prevention, and Ecosystem Benefits for State Read More »

What major shifts in manufacturing mean for workforce training in Los Angeles Basin
April 23, 2020

What major shifts in manufacturing mean for workforce training in Los Angeles Basin

Report: Opportunities open for middle-skill workers trained at area community colleges Read More »

Growing California’s health workforce gains added priority and new partnerships
March 30, 2020

Growing California’s health workforce gains added priority and new partnerships

Nonprofit aimed at closing allied health care worker gap finds new partners in California Read More »

California training partnership could solidify a workforce ready for construction
March 12, 2020

California training partnership could solidify a workforce ready for construction

San Bernardino Community College District pilot is part of program to close industry workforce gap, like needed ready-mix drivers Read More »

Will we have enough health care workers to care for our aging population?
March 11, 2020 by Van Ton-Quinlivan

Will we have enough health care workers to care for our aging population?

California will need almost 450,000 new workers in the "hidden health care workforce" through 2024 Read More »

UNITE-LA’s Alma Salazar Earns National Recognition for Workforce Efforts
February 05, 2020

UNITE-LA’s Alma Salazar Earns National Recognition for Workforce Efforts

Long-time Summit partner and champion of improving California’s workforce preparation policies wins national skills award Read More »

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