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Sector Studies: Health and Life Sciences

Strong Workforce Program (SWP)

The Los Rios Community College District, in partnership with Valley Vision, and in collaboration with Lake Tahoe Community College, Sierra College, and Yuba Community College District, invests Strong Workforce funding to organize and convene Regional Advisories. The objectives of the Regional Advisory meetings are to build strong relationships between employers, educators, and workforce.

Recordings, presentations, and meeting proceeding reports from the Health & Life Sciences (HLS) industry advisories are available here for all workforce development stakeholders.

Workforce Needs Assessment

The following Workforce Needs Assessment and Workforce Development Recommendations reports present findings on the analysis of the Life Sciences & Health Services industry cluster. These reports provide overviews of the cluster, industry trends and economic impact, as well as overviews of the top demand occupations in the cluster requiring postsecondary education or training, along with projected occupational demand, institutions providing related education and training, and possible workforce gaps.

Valley Vision and partners are working across the region to address the key findings from these advisories and assessments as part of Developing a Ready Workforce.

Early Childhood Education Workforce Needs Assessment

The Greater Sacramento region Center of Excellence and Valley Vision released the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Workforce Needs Assessment in October 2022. This report details the current landscape of the industry, upcoming market pressures, and sets forth a series of recommendations for further investigation and possible implementation.

Health and Life Sciences Industry Advisory

Join us Friday, December 2nd, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM for a virtual Health Services and Life Sciences Regional Advisory focused on current and emerging opportunities in biotechnology. 

As a growing hub for biotechnology companies and medical device startups, including the development of Aggie Square, the demand for individuals with biotechnology-related skills is increasing. This advisory will highlight labor market information, share insights on desired skills, and career opportunities available in the field from employers and industry experts. 

Register today to join the conversation as we explore expanding career possibilities in biotechnology!

Sector Studies: Administration of Justice and Public Safety

Strong Workforce Program (SWP)

The Los Rios Community College District, in partnership with Valley Vision, and in collaboration with Lake Tahoe Community College, Sierra College, and Yuba Community College District, invests Strong Workforce funding to organize and convene Regional Advisories. The objectives of the Regional Advisory meetings are to build strong relationships between employers, educators, and the workforce.

Recordings, presentations, and meeting proceeding reports from the Administration of Justice and Public Safety (ADJ) industry advisories are available here for all workforce development stakeholders.

Valley Vision and partners are working across the region to address the key findings from these Strong Workforce advisories and assessments as part of Developing a Ready Workforce.

Capital Region Advanced Manufacturing Industry Advisory

Join us Thursday, February 9th from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM for the Capital Region Advanced Manufacturing Industry Advisory at Folsom Lake College Rancho Cordova Center (online option available). This event will focus on the intersection of electronic, mechanical, and information technology occupations across the industry, including the availability of careers for all skill levels, and share initiatives to attract and train diversified talent.

With the greatest manufacturing output in the United States, California is making goods safer, cleaner, and more efficient than any other state. From production to engineering, the manufacturing industry hosts a plethora of job opportunities for potential candidates to choose from. These expansive career avenues offer high wages and job stability not only to those without four-year degrees, but also to the Capital Region’s most underrepresented communities.

This advisory will include a keynote speaker, highlight labor market information, and garner industry expertise from an employer panel sharing the skills and education needed to succeed in the field. It is designed for workforce development partners; community-based organizations; and educators, counselors, and students across our K-16 system. 

Register today to join the conversation and learn more about the breadth of opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing careers!

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ICT Regional Industry Advisory Meeting

Join us Thursday, November 17th from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM for an Information & Communication Technology Regional Advisory focused on data science, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML).

These skills and disciplines are highly relevant in a wide range of industries and careers. This advisory will explore the varied applications of data science, AI, and ML across different sectors, present relevant labor market data, and garner insights from an employer and industry panel.

This hybrid event will be held at the Sacramento County Office of Education with an online option available. RSVP today to join the conversation as we explore the expanding roles data science, AI, and ML play in our current and future world of work!

Register here!

Can Employer Training Benefit Your Business? (June 2022)

The “Can Employer Training Benefit Your Business?” webinar, co-hosted by Valley Vision and the Sacramento MetroBusiness Center, took place on Tuesday, June 14th, 2022. This webinar featured an introduction to the MetroBusiness Center’s business support services, an introduction to the Employment Training Panel’s eligibility requirements and benefits, a panel discussion about how to approach applying for ETP, and a Business Spotlight to highlight organizations who utilize ETP funds to upskill their workforce.

The panel featured the following organizations:

  • Mike Snead, President of Sierra Consulting Services
  • Annie Rafferty, Director of Workforce Training & Development at Butte College
  • William Walker, Workforce Development Manager at the Sacramento Employment Training Agency (SETA)

Fall 2021 Forest Sector Workforce Study Report

At Valley Vision’s Spring 2022 Forestry Management Industry Advisory, Melissa Kovacs, Senior Project Analyst at the Center of Economic Development, CSU Chico, presented her findings from the 2021 Forest Sector Workforce Needs Survey. Created in partnership with the Statewide Wildfire and Forest Resiliency Task Force and yielding 113 responses, the survey encompassed forestry management entities across four major task areas: Northern, Sierra & East Side, Coastal, and Southern.

Download and read the full report here.

Forestry Management Regional Industry Advisory

Join us on Thursday, April 28th, 2022 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM for a Regional Industry Advisory on career pathways, trends and opportunities related to Forestry Management.

Be a part of the conversation as we discuss opportunities in this emerging sector and highlight two new Forestry Programs in the North Region. Your participation and feedback are valued and will help guide investments in programs, certificates, and curricula that better serve the needs of the Capital Region’s Natural and Environmental Resources workforce. Please RSVP today!

Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism Regional Industry Advisory

Join us on Friday, April 22nd, 2022 for an industry advisory meeting on an important dialogue about resiliency and adaptability within the Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism sector.

We encourage all interested parties to join the conversation as we seek to build an accessible, industry-relevant training pipeline to serve the Greater Sacramento region. Your participation and feedback are of critical value to help guide investments in programs, certificates, and curricula to better serve the needs of California’s RHT workforce.

Information and Communication Technologies Regional Industry Advisory

Please join us on Thursday, March 31st from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM for a virtual ICT Regional Advisory meeting that will highlight emerging trends and occupational demands related to cybersecurity. New labor market information will be presented on this vital topic and the implications for workforce development. 

The Greater Sacramento Region needs a robust pipeline of highly qualified Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) workers to meet rapidly-changing labor market needs. The adoption of innovative technologies, accelerated by the pandemic, is impacting the demand for cybersecurity skills in jobs across all industries. Help build the regional talent pipeline by informing education and training providers about the ICT skills workers need to succeed.

Remote Work Survey Analysis (2021)

The COVID-19 pandemic upended the traditional structure and distribution of work teams. In collaboration with Los Rios Community College District, the Centers of Excellence, and Orr Consulting, Valley Vision sought to survey the region’s employers to quantify and begin to understand the changes and implications brought on by the rise of remote work.

Building upon the Remote Work Survey that was presented at the ICT Regional Advisory Meeting (2021), this report looks at the potential impacts of remote work, its biggest obstacles, and the skills that employers are looking for in a remote workforce. The following white paper highlights the result of these efforts: