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California Community Colleges Announces Pathway to Self-Employment Pilot to Kickoff California's Small Business Month
May 1, 2017, SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In conjunction with California Small Business Month in May, the California Community Colleges today announced a new program designed to pathway students into the small business world of freelancers, independent contractors and entrepreneurs enabled through online platforms - workers who comprise the “gig economy.”

National Skills Coalition awards California as one of four states to engage in the State Workforce and Education Alignment Project
May 29, 2015, SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, in collaboration with other state partners, has been selected to participate in the National Skills Coalition State Workforce and Education Alignment Project, a data sharing and accountability initiative designed to better prepare students for middle-skill jobs.

Business and Labor Leaders Join Educators to Serve on California Community Colleges Task Force on Jobs and Workforce Education
December 17, 2014, SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Chancellor Brice W. Harris today announced he has appointed 24 individuals to a task force charged with developing policies to 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.

California Community Colleges Board of Governors Creates Task Force to Improve Workforce Education and Promote Job Creation
November 17, 2014, SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Seeking to make community college workforce education even more responsive to the state’s economy, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors today established 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.

Chancellor Brice W. Harris Congratulates Chaffey College and College Consortium for Winning $14.9 Million Federal Grant to Develop Inland Empire Career Training Program
September 30, 2014, SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris issued a statement after Vice President Biden announced yesterday that Chaffey College and a consortium of Southern California colleges won $14.9 million to partner with employers in the region to expand and improve education and career training programs to help job-seekers obtain skills they need for in-demand jobs.

California Labor Agency and California Community Colleges to Administer $1 Million Drought-related Training Program in the San Joaquin Valley
September 9, 2014, SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), the Employment Training Panel (ETP), and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office signed an agreement to provide job training to workers and employers in California locales hit hardest by the drought.

California Community Colleges Board of Governors Announces Winners of 2014 Energy and Sustainability Awards
September 8, 2014, SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Community Colleges Board of Governors has selected College of the Desert, Copper Mountain College, Skyline College, Cañada College, and Imperial Valley College as winners of the annual Energy and Sustainability Awards competition. The awards are presented to community colleges or districts that promote energy efficiency and sustainability on their campuses.

California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris Welcomes President Obama to Los Angeles Trade-Technical College
July 24, 2014, SACRAMENTO — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris today welcomed President Obama to Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, in a visit that highlighted the critical role that community colleges play in developing the nation's workforce.

California Community Colleges Lead National Drive to Better Track Information on Workforce Credentials and Bridge Skills Gap
April 7, 2014, WASHINGTON, D.C. — The California Community Colleges along with North Carolina’s community college system today launched a national workforce credentials initiative to develop common data standards and data sharing agreements among industry and professional certifying bodies, an effort seen as critical to improving alignment between employers and workforce training providers.

State Agency Invests in Advancing Worker Skills in Manufacturing Across California With A $1.2 Million Grant
November 21, 2013, SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris announced today that the California Employment Training Panel approved a $1.2 million statewide job training grant to be led by the El Camino Community College District. The grant will be used to train more than 1,000 workers in skills such as e-commerce and database management, blueprint reading, hazardous materials handling and project management.

Youth CareerConnect Grants - Building America's Next Generation Workforce
November 19, 2013, ETA News Release, WASHINGTON — To compete in today's global economy, America's students need deep knowledge and skills that will prepare them for college and the jobs of the future. Yet far too many of America's students are not meaningfully engaged or motivated in their academic experience while in high school.

New Salary Surfer Website Shows Median Earnings for Those Who Earn Certificates and Associate Degrees at California Community Colleges
June 19, 2013, El Cajon, Calif. — A new online tool released today by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office allows students and the public to view aggregated median earnings of those who complete a certificate or degree in a specific community college discipline and then enter the workforce.

California community colleges receive kudos for supporting U.S. exports
May 21, 2013, California Economic Summit — Getting an A on a test or a report, in school, was the best feeling--knowing all of your hard work paid off. Well, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office was just awarded an “E” for the system’s contributions to the increase of U.S. exports—it’s like an A, as it’s the highest U.S. government recognition any American entity may receive for supporting export activity.

White House honors educator as 'Champion of Change'
May 6, 2013, The Daily Journal — Today, Van Ton-Quinlivan will be among 15 Asian American and Pacific Islander women to be recognized by the White House as “Champions of Change.” A part of the White House’s observance of AAPI Heritage Month, this event will recognize Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women who are doing extraordinary things to create a more equal, safe, and prosperous future for their communities and the country.

California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris to Hold Community Forums and Media Briefings April 9-10 on Release of Student Success Scorecard
April 2, 2013 — Chancellor Brice W. Harris and college and community leaders in Northern and Southern California will hold events and a teleconference to announce the first-of- its-kind accountability tool designed to measure student achievement and increase the number of students who earn certificates, degrees or transfer.

California Community Colleges Partners with California Employment Development Department to Integrate CalJOBS into CACareerCafe.com Website
March 19, 2013, SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the California Employment Development Department (EDD) have teamed up to provide California community college students with free, instant access to more than 82,000 jobs available through CalJOBS, EDD’s website of available positions and internships within the state.

California Community Colleges Partners with United States Department of Agriculture for Economic Development Program
February 26, 2013, SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris announced today that his office has entered into a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to increase access to training and higher education for rural citizens, support and enhance the agriculture industry and strengthen the state’s rural economy.

Community colleges, USDA team to help rural California
February 21, 2013, SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A partnership between USDA Rural Development and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, to be formalized Feb. 26 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding, is designed to bolster rural development in the state.

California Community Colleges Acting Chancellor Erik Skinner Lauds Bill Signing to Extend Workforce and Economic Development Program
September 18, 2012, SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill that significantly enhances California’s economic growth and global competitiveness by reauthorizing the California Community College’s Workforce and Economic Development program.

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Invites Public to Forums Across the State Aimed at Strengthening Workforce Development in Regional Economies
August 20, 2012, SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Community Chancellor’s Office will hold 11 “critical conversations” throughout the state over the next several weeks to discuss how the system’s limited resources can be used to bridge the skills gap and spur job creation by aligning community college workforce training programs with the state’s regional economies.

California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Will Have a Voice on the US Department of Labor Apprenticeship Panel
July 26, 2012, SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Van Ton-Quinlivan, vice chancellor for workforce and economic development for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Labor Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship.

Van Ton-Quinlivan Appointed to Job Training Apprenticeship Committee
July 19, 2012, WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced six new appointments and 21 reappointments of members to the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. The committee is charged with expanding apprenticeships into all sectors of the economy and building partnerships that increase apprenticeship opportunities for Americans.

New Partnership that Helps Students Train for and Land Jobs in Retail Sector Highlighted by Clinton Global Initiative
June 8, 2012, SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A new partnership that brings together the California Community Colleges, a Silicon Valley technology firm and a leading business membership group was recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative as an innovative model for promoting economic recovery in the United States.


In the News

CIO News and Views, March 2013 - featuring a message from Chancellor Brice Harris regarding the Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework.



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
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office