Prioritize Workforce-training Resources to Support Growth of Major Regional Industry Sectors
There is a serious and growing shortage of skilled workers for major regional industry sectors across California, while there are also thousands of people who are unemployed or underemployed statewide. The state’s current approach is fragmented and under-resourced, and it meets the needs of neither our regional economies or our communities. California faces growing competition from other states and countries and must be smarter about preparing our workforce to enable our regional industry sectors to compete and grow jobs for Californians.
Goal of SMART Workforce
Prioritize workforce-training resources to support the growth of major regional industry sectors. This includes creating partnerships between local workforce investment boards (WIBs), community colleges, economic development organizations, businesses, and labor to prepare people for high-demand jobs in major industry sectors. This was voted as the top workforce priority at almost all Regional Forums.
December 20, 2012 - Practitioners network launched.
September 21, 2012 - Gov. Brown signed SB 1070, a bill that focuses the state's community colleges and Superintendent of Public Instruction on improving the linkages between high schools and community colleges to improve education pathways into California's regional economies.
September 17, 2012 - Gov. Brown signed SB 1402, the reauthorization of the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program, which seeks to align career-technical programs with industry needs.
September 14, 2012 - Legislation to promote regional industry workforce partnerships (SB 1402 and 1070) have passed both houses and await signature by the Governor.
SB 1401 passed the California Senate and two Assembly Committees, before being held up in the Assembly Appropriations Committee due to the fact the State Board is administratively accomplishing most of what 1401 was intending to legislatively.
September 14, 2012 - The draft California State Workforce Board strategic plan has language to this effect.
A growing number of local plans have also embraced this framework.
The California Community College Chancellors Office has launched its Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy Initiative, which explicitly mentions the Economic Summit process as a catalyst for the Chancellors Office to encourage a framework for regional planning around career technical education.
September 14, 2012 - The California Community College Chancellor's Office has just funded eight industry-driven regional collaboratives, with 23 more proposals that received a passing score if funding had been available.
The California State Board Regional Industry Clusters of Opportunity (RICO) initiative is preparing to launch its next generation of 5-8 grants in fall 2012.