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Consider labor market needs when making budget, course & program decisions.

Decide on program capacity as a region.

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Retool programs that are not working or not meeting a labor market need so that students can study what MATTERS.

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Adopt common metrics and skills panels in CCCCO RFAs.

Strengthen regions with new skill sets.

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Solve a complex workforce training need so that our system can better deliver for employers and sectors.

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Understanding Skills-Builder Students

Skills-builder students are experienced workers who take a limited number of community college courses to maintain and add to skill-sets required for ongoing employment and career advancement. Although numerous research studies have shown that skills-builder students secure significant earnings gains, they are not currently included in state accountability metrics. Many practitioners are now calling for skills-builder outcomes to be factored into statewide measures and goals. For example, recognizing skills-builder outcomes was a recurring theme in regional meetings held in early 2015 to inform the Board of Governor's Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy.

There are several ways to learn more about skills-builder students and weigh in on the best way to capture skills-builder outcomes.

Student Success Scorecard Metric: Read about a proposed skills-builder metric for the Student Success Scorecard, examine skills-builder outcomes by region and by sector using this definition, and participate in regional meetings about local outcomes.

Skills-Builder Videos: View videos explaining the need for an expanded definition of success and the diversity of workforce training pathways, plus download discussion guides that are tailored to various constituencies.

Skills-Builder Research: Access several studies on skills-builder students.

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:

  • Give Priority for Jobs and the Economy
  • Make Room for Jobs and the Economy
  • Promote Student Success
  • Innovate for Jobs and the Economy
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