The most secure route to a strong economy is to provide the state with a rich and diverse pool of talented, well-educated citizens.
California Community Colleges (CCCs) educate 70% of the state’s nurses and train 80% of our firefighters, law enforcement personnel, and emergency medical technicians. Through their Career Technical Education (CTE) mission, they educate many students who go on to earn bachelors degrees in fields such as computer science and business. CCCs are key to resolving the shortage of educated workers that is threatening the competitive position of the state’s economy, and tremendous potential for addressing this challenge resides in the system’s career technical education mission.
Join The Campaign for College Opportunity
, Sacramento State
, and California Competes
for a briefing highlighting the first three reports in a four-part series entitled Career Opportunities: Career Technical Education and the College Completion Agenda
by the Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy
at Sacramento State University. Career Opportunities
provides an overview of CTE and workforce development in California Community Colleges, analyzes its structure and funding, examines the vast number of certificate and associate degree program offerings within the 112 colleges, and discusses CTE policies in other states that may hold promise for California. The final report (forthcoming next year) will provide recommendations for strengthening the state’s policies in support of the CTE mission.
California’s community colleges are key to resolving the shortage of educated workers that is threatening the competitive position of the state’s economy. Tremendous potential for addressing this challenge resides in the system’s career technical education (CTE) mission which, with appropriate structures and support, could help many more students earn credentials with value in the workplace. In two previous installments of a four-part series of reports titled Career Opportunities the following issues have been covered:
Career Technical Education and the College Completion Agenda , concluded that the CTE mission in the California Community Colleges is not organized and supported optimally to produce the outcomes that the state needs. CTE is fragmented, lacks sufficient stable funding, and is not well integrated into the core of the college system. The extensive program offerings are not well targeted to labor market needs, resulting in an inefficient use of resources. The lack of common standards across similar programs devalues the credentials awarded by the system because employers are uncertain of the knowledge and skills possessed by students who attain the credentials. Students are given too little encouragement and guidance to find their way into and through CTE programs.
Overcoming these obstacles will be key in preparing California for the coming challenges of labor shortages and lack of an educated workforce.
To learn more about the reports check out the Sacramento State publications page or plan to attend the briefing at the capitol in Sacramento, info can be found right here.