Chaffey College Pilots 70-Hour Personal Care Aide Training Program

Chaffey College prepares students for in-demand jobs as personal care aides (PCAs). In order to meet demand for licensed personal care aides, Chaffey College developed a new two-year program to prepare students for these high-wage careers. The Challenge Training individuals to meet the expectant labor market demand for personal care aides (PCAs). PCAs, who provide essential supports and services to older adults and individuals with disabilities, constitute the fastest-growing job category in the nation according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Approach/Strategies Collaborative efforts were...

Three-Day Hybrid/EV Maintenance and Repair Class Provided to Incumbent Workers

Recognizing a need for the up-skilling of auto technicians to provide maintenance on hybrid/electric vehicles, a training was piloted to serve incumbent auto technicians at a public agency. The Challenge Public agencies with large fleets of hybrid (and increasingly all electric) vehicles incur elevated costs as much of the vehicle service is performed by dealers. To help public agencies reduce costs while at the same time supporting incumbent workforce training, an opportunity was identified to provide incumbent auto technicians employed by the San Mateo County Department of Public Works’ (...

Regional Collaboration Leads to Student Success at New High School

College of the Sequoias expanded its Tech Prep Consortium to include multiple industry sectors in the Central Valley. The collaboration helped to establish a new charter school focused on career technical education (CTE). The Challenge Fostering regional collaboration in order to develop innovative and sustainable programs that have the buy-in, backing, and support of multiple actors, and which highlight weaknesses and minimize redundancies in regional offerings. Approach/Strategies College of the Sequoias expanded its Tech Prep Consortium, which was historically focused on agriculture, to...

Region Organizes Trainings on Use of Labor Market Data for Decision-Making

The Regional Consortia Chair for the Central/Mother Lode region organized three regional training sessions to help stakeholders learn how to use labor market data for decision-making. The Challenge The Central/Mother Lode Region reviews labor market data at its quarterly steering committee meetings in order to ensure that its training programs are aligned with labor market trends. However, the Regional Consortia Chair (RCC) found that steering committee members, DSNs, and CTE deans often find the labor market information (LMI) provided by the Centers of Excellence (COE) highly complex,...

Contextualized, Integrated Math Helps Photovoltaic Trainees Succeed

Eighty-five percent (85%) of solar energy (photovoltaic) installer trainees completed and earned an industry recognized credential after an integrated and contextualized math training component was added to their career technical education (CTE) program. The Challenge Students enrolled in Los Angeles Unified School District's East Los Angeles Skills Center Photovoltaics (PV) Training Program were experiencing significant difficulties with the applied math needed to successfully complete the PV Training. Students mastered most training competencies except for those that required a math...

Proposition 39 Success Story: OSHA-10 Construction Safety Course Reader Development

Prop 39 ( The California Clean Energy Jobs Act ) funds supported Santa Rosa Junior College to develop Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) outreach training curriculum and create a required course reader that is now available to students at the campus bookstore. The Challenge Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) has offered OSHA 10 Outreach Training since 2013 as a one-unit course (CONS 183) that is required to complete the Solar Photovoltaics Certificate program, but is taken by students campus-wide and by members of the local workforce. Course development was a challenge because...

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...