Pilot Program Allows Veterans to Leverage Logistics Background and Find a Job

A pilot program was introduced through regional collaboration to train returning veterans for jobs in the logistics field. The Challenge Providing career opportunities and training for returning servicemen and women, reservists, and veterans. Many are looking to participate in post-secondary education and/or career training, but struggle with identifying a career path or field of interest. Since many veterans have experience in logistics or specialized skills that make them a good fit for a career in the logistics field, the challenge was to find a way to leverage those skills to give...

Community Colleges Partner to Meet Regional Industry Need

Norco College partnered with Mt. San Jacinto College to bring the classroom to the workplace at International Rectifier Corporation. The Challenge In October 2012, International Rectifier Corporation (IRC), a Fortune 100 company and semiconductor manufacturer, contacted Norco College (NC) with a request to provide training to develop and upgrade the skills of IRC’s workforce. IRC reached out to NC because it was the only community college in Inland Southern California offering a degree in Digital Electronics. IRC wanted NC to provide training leading to a certificate and Associate of Science...

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...

Bay Area Consortium Helps Identify Regional CTE Priorities

The Bay Area Community College Consortium, one of seven regional Career Technical Education (CTE) consortia in California, has instigated many multi-college and industry partnerships that are transforming CTE offerings. The Challenge Fostering regional collaboration in order to develop sustainable workforce training programs that are responsive to the needs of employers and the regional economy. Approach/Strategies The Bay Area Community College Consortium (BACCC) is one of California’s seven regional CTE consortia, which offer a forum for colleges, businesses, and other workforce development...

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...

Pre-College Students Explore Careers, Earn College Credit in Career Academy

Barstow Community College’s Career Academy offers free career technical education (CTE) courses to middle and high school students. The Academy emphasizes the completion of certificates and/or degrees. The Challenge Giving pre-college students (6th to 12th graders) the opportunity to explore different career pathways and putting them on the path to completion of a certificate and/or degree. Getting pre-college students to see the relevance between science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and real world jobs. Approach/Strategies Barstow Community College’s Career Academy allows middle...

New Work-Based Learning Partnership Established with Bon Appetit at Google

The Bay Region Retail, Hospitality and Tourism (RHT) sector met with Bon Appetit to explore and design an internship program for high school and community college students at Google’s campus. The Challenge There is a lack of regional work-based learning opportunities that provide a platform for student awareness and engagement focusing on Retail, Hospitality and Tourism (RHT) Career Pathways. Additionally, high school students are not fully prepared with the soft skills and industry certifications needed to begin an internship successfully. Approach/Strategies The Bay Region RHT Deputy Sector...

The RHT Sector Uses Industry Certification to Teach Customer Service Skills

The Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism (RHT) sector uses the American Hotel and Lodging Association's Guest Service Gold Certification to introduce customer service skills to high school and community Coclege students. The Challenge Industry advisory committees for the Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism sector, as well as many other industry sectors, have repeatedly voiced their disappointment in the customer service skills exhibited by today’s entry level employees. Employers are dissatisfied with how the new employees perform in their interactions with both external and internal customers and...

Sierra College Hacker Lab

HackerLab Rocklin is the first private makerspace and co-working space in the country to form a public-private partnership with a community college. The Challenge Sierra College wanted a makerspace near the campus that followed the Hacker Lab ethos of ‘open’, ‘creative’, and ‘collaborative.’ Approach/Strategies Hacker Lab Rocklin is the first private makerspace and co-working space in the country to form a public-private partnership with a community college. Hacker Lab is an economic catalyst for start-ups and micro-businesses; a place where one can go to learn, create new products or...

Transition to Practice Program Helps New RNs Improve Skills and Find Work

The New Graduate Registered Nurse (RN) Transition Program helps recent graduate RNs gain work experience and find employment. The Challenge Due to competition with experienced nurses in the workforce, who are either delaying retirement or returning to the workforce as a result of the economic recession, new graduate nurses are unable to secure jobs in the health care industry as registered nurses (RNs). According to a survey of 2012 and 2013 California new graduate RNs, 40.7% of respondents were not yet working as a RN. The survey also showed that lack of experience as a RN is reported to be...