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Strong Workforce Program

California is investing in the Strong Workforce Program to help fill the growing demand for “middle-skill” positions that require more than a high school diploma, but not necessarily a 4-year college degree. One million more associate degrees, certificates, or industry-valued credentials will be needed by 2025 to meet projected demand.

The objective of the Strong Workforce Program is to offer more Career Education (CE) opportunities, and to improve the outcomes of CE programs for both students and employers. Connecting the needs of students, educators and employers are critical to building a strong regional workforce and a competitive economy, while providing opportunity for workers to gain skills and income mobility.

With these objectives in mind, the Los Rios Community College District, in partnership with Valley Vision, and in collaboration with Sierra College and the Yuba Community College District, is investing a portion of its Strong Workforce allocation to explore the formation of Regional CE Advisory Committees. The objectives of Regional Advisory Committees are to provide timely information from employers on workforce needs; improve the efficiency of the CE advisory process for educators and employers; and to broaden opportunities for more systemic engagement across the region.

Valley Vision, supported by the Los Rios Community College District Strong Workforce Program, develops and manages Regional Advisory meetings for the six priority industry sectors of the Capital Region:

  • Ag, Natural Resources & Environmental Technology
  • Energy, Construction & Utilities
  • Health Services & Life Sciences
  • Information & Communication Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation

The objectives of Regional Advisories are to build a strong partnership between educators and employers that:

  • Provide timely information on skills gaps and workforce needs, informing partners on major industry trend information
  • Improve the efficiency of the advisory process for educators and employers;
  • Reflect a regional view of workforce needs and assets
  • Provide opportunities for more systemic, ongoing engagement that includes workforce partners in key industry sectors

Connecting the needs of students, educators and employers are critical to building a strong regional workforce and a competitive economy, while providing opportunity for workers to gain skills and income mobility.

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