Among the activities of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the programs of the Division of Workforce and Economic Development bridge the skills and jobs mismatch and prepare California’s workforce for 21st century careers. The Division serves as administrator for several streams of state and federal funds, including Governor’s Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative (SB70), Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, and Proposition 98 dollars for Apprenticeship, Economic & Workforce Development (EWD), and Career Technical Education (CTE).

The Division collaborates with employers, organized labor, local communities, and their community colleges through programming supported by these funds to close the skills gap and to foster successful student completion.

What is "Doing What Matters For Jobs and The Economy"?

The Opportunity

For community colleges to become essential catalysts to California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels.

The Strategy

Doing What MATTERS for jobs and the economy is a four-pronged framework to respond to the call of our nation, state, and regions to close the skills gap. 

The four prongs are:

  1. Give Priority for jobs and the economy  
  2. Make Room for jobs and the economy  
  3. Promote Student Success  
  4. Innovate for jobs and the economy

Who is on the Task Force:

The Board of Governor’s ‘Strong Workforce’ Task Force consists of 26 members, and half of those members are within the CA Community College (representing key organizations) while the other half represents external stakeholders who depend on our system for workforce training and education. 

Internal constituents include four faculty, a dean, CIO, CSSO, CBO, student, trustee, as well as instruction, student services and the fiscal side of our colleges.  

The faculty represent CTE, general education, basic skills, and counseling.  

The external partners include the CA Workforce Investment Board, Cal Chamber, industry sector representatives, labor, the Board of Education and a number of community-based and social justice organizations.   

The charge of the Task Force was to make recommendations for changes to policies, practices or regulations that would: 

  • Help close the gap for 1 million more industry-valued middle skills credentials over the next decade
  • Enable our colleges to become even more flexible and responsive to the changing needs of business and of regional economies
  • Leverage additional partners and resources to this important work

Since November there have been 14 regional convenings of our community college representatives from around the state providing insight and ideas about our charge. Additionally, 6 town hall meetings were also held around the state to solicit input from business and industry as well as community organizations.  

Overall, over 1,200+ voices informed the work of the Task Force. All meetings, reading and minutes of the Task Force have been made public on the web.

The following Draft Task Force report has been generated  based on the below-listed sources and the input from the meetings discussed above:

Background on the Task Force: