IEPI Equal Employment Opportunity and Equity in Faculty Hiring Workshop - January 2016

Education Code Section 87100 states the need for a “work force that is continually responsive to the needs of a diverse student population [which] may be achieved by ensuring that all persons receive an equal opportunity to compete for employment and promotion within the community college districts and by eliminating barriers to equal employment opportunity.” Title 5 Section 53003 requires that hiring committees be trained on the educational benefits of workforce diversity, the elimination of bias in hiring decisions, and best practices in serving on a selection or screening committee. Yet,...

Cuesta College Completes Successful Business and Entrepreneurship Pilot Program

eLearning Module Resource Description This resource was originally posted on the " Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy " website. High School Students explore business and entrepreneurship career pathways and earn high school credit with new entrepreneurship curriculum. The Challenge To engage high school students and introduce self-employment (i.e., entrepreneurship) as a viable and attainable career option. To provide hands on experiential learning, problem solving skills, decision making skills, and critical thinking skills. To provide relevant curriculum that aligns with National...

CTE Data Unlocked: Using Statewide CTE Resources Workshop (2016)

Increasingly, colleges are examining employment outcomes and evaluating regional labor market data to support both planning and evaluation of career and technical education (CTE) programs. However, many colleges struggle to access and understand these new sources of information. This day-long training walked participants through a suite of resources and a new grant program that would help their college gather the data they need, understand how to integrate it into processes like program review and planning, and utilize tools that provide this information in a user-friendly format. Finally,...

New Course Teaches Rural Students to Become Online Independent Contractors

Feather River College partnered with SamaUSA to offer a semester-long, three-unit course to students to give them the tools to work as online independent contractors. The Challenge Helping community college students that live in a rural, economically depressed area find jobs through virtual work. Approach/Strategies Feather River College (FRC) partnered with SamaUSA (a subsidiary of the non-profit SamaSource) to offer students a semester-long, 3-unit Virtual Entrepreneurship course. In this course, students learn about types of virtual work; online work platforms; technologies and skills...

DSNs Lead Training for High School Faculty on Global Trade and Entrepreneurship

Deputy Sector Navigators (DSNs) representing Global Trade & Logistics and Small Business led a two-day training for high school faculty to raise their awareness about employment in these sectors. The Challenge Providing high school teachers with a better understanding of the global marketplace and information on how they can teach their students to cultivate and leverage entrepreneurial skills in order to compete for jobs and find success in the workplace. Approach/Strategies Deputy Sector Navigators (DSNs) representing Global Trade & Logistics and Small Business led an intensive two-...

Industrial Electrical Apprenticeships and Training Meet Local Workforce Needs

Electrical intensive apprenticeships for students in the Inland Empire/Desert Region increase the confidence of employers in the community colleges' abilities to supply capable employees. The Challenge It is generally acknowledged that there is a shortage of skilled manufacturing workers in the United States; however, estimates of the size of the shortage vary widely. At a time when unemployment in the United States remains stubbornly high, and while the U.S. manufacturing sector may be in the early stages of a renaissance, having a shortage of skilled workers is a serious challenge that...

Super-Regional Collaborative Closes Skills Gaps

A new paradigm views the pipeline of students moving through two regions' colleges as a whole, closely aligning student learning outcomes with regional labor market needs. The Challenge Colleges in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties were not meeting the regional industry need for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration workers (HVACR). With employment demand increasing, the gap became substantial across seven colleges offering HVACR certificate and degree programs. Students were missing opportunities for high wage jobs and employers were confused...

Health Care Entree to Employment Event Links Students, Instructors, Industry

A two-hour networking event allowed students to meet and learn from professionals in health care careers -- a success for all involved. The Challenge Reading about a career of interest can shed some light on the industry, but meeting someone who actually works in the field is a much better way to gain a stronger understanding. Approach/Strategies On May 12, 2015, the Ventura County Office of Education, in partnership with the South Central Coast Regional Deputy Sector Navigator Health (Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy initiative), California Lutheran University, the Chamber of...

Growing an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

An entrepreneurial mindset, with its focus on celebrating and encouraging self-generated ideas and light-bulb ingenuity, empowers both students and workers. The Challenge As is the case in regions nationwide, the Central Valley/Mother Lode region experiences two seemingly separate, but intricately woven issues: Students are not engaged in learning. Employers cite a lack of soft skills high in their struggles for find qualified workers. Approach/Strategies An entrepreneurial mindset, with its focus on celebrating and encouraging self-generated ideas and light-bulb ingenuity, empowers both...

San Diego City College Demonstrates Social Justice

With many homeless students in its population, San Diego City College (SDCC) faculty and students take action to alleviate hunger and provide clothing. The Challenge San Diego City College, in the city’s downtown, has quite a few homeless students. No one knows the exact number, but it could be as many as 300. It’s difficult to concentrate in class on an empty stomach, and it’s difficult to interview for a job without appropriate clothes. Approach/Strategies Enter the faculty and students of SDCC. The campus theme is ”Social Justice” and volunteers have taken it to a new level. They...