Community colleges to study how to be more job-relevant
November 17, 2014
• Task force to study the problem of preparing students for better jobs
• “To determine what our college system must do to help us achieve the best for our students and state”
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has set up a task force to develop policies that will prepare more students for existing high value jobs and promote job creation with workforce training that sparks small business development and lures out-of-state business investment in key industry sectors.
The task force will be comprised of representatives from community colleges, business, labor, public agencies involved in workforce training, K-12 policy, and community based organizations.
“The task force commissioned today will meet with industry leaders, college faculty and staff, elected officials, and other important members of the community to determine what our college system must do to help us achieve the best for our students and state,” says California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice Harris.
First, they’re going to hold some meetings next month. The purpose is to come up with strategies and prioritize workforce training policies and practices.
Then, in February 2015, town halls are to be held across the state to vet and build on ideas and practices that bring stronger alignment between community colleges and key industry sectors.
The final phase involves meetings of the full task force itself. Members will mull information and issues identified at the regional meetings and develop a set of recommendations by the end of next summer, which will be proposed for adoption by the Board of Governors.
In August, the California Community Colleges system announced a goal of increasing student completions by nearly 250,000 statewide to help meet the needs of the labor market and to ensure more Californians have access to higher education.
The measures are necessary in light of statistics indicating that there will be 6.3 million job openings in California through 2020, of which 2 million jobs will require a post-secondary certificate or associate degree, the educators say.