Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy

Among the activities of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the programs of the Division of Workforce and Economic Development bridge the skills and jobs mismatch and prepare California’s workforce for 21st century careers. The Division serves as administrator for several streams of state and federal funds, including Governor’s Career Technical Education Pathways Initiative (SB70), Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, and Proposition 98 dollars for Apprenticeship, Economic & Workforce Development (EWD), and Career Technical Education (CTE).

The Division collaborates with employers, organized labor, local communities, and their community colleges through programming supported by these funds to close the skills gap and to foster successful student completion.

The Opportunity
The opportunity exists for community colleges to become essential catalysts in 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:

The goals of Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy are to supply in-demand skills for employers, create relevant career pathways and stackable credentials, promote student success, and get Californians into open jobs.

The Road Ahead
A focus on priority/emergent sectors and industry clusters includes the following: taking effective practices to scale; integrating and leveraging programming between funding streams; promoting common metrics for student success; and removing structural barriers to execution.

California’s Community Colleges are Vital to the Economy

The California Community Colleges play an important role in boosting our state’s economy by serving more than 2.6 million students a year. In fact, one out of four community college students in the U.S. is enrolled in a California Community College, making it the nation’s largest system of higher education.

Our 113 colleges provide students with the knowledge and background necessary in today’s competitive job market. With a wide range of educational offerings, the colleges provide workforce training, basic skills courses in English and math, certificate and degree programs, and preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. In a difficult economy, a college education is critical. Our campuses also serve as a natural gateway for veterans seeking a degree or job skills to transition to civilian life.


 Deputy Sector Navigator Role


Deputy Sector Navigators (DSNs) serve as in-region contacts for a sector, working with the region’s colleges and employers to create alignment around and deliver on workforce training and career pathways.  There are 7 macro-regions subdivided into 15 economic regions.  Deputy Sector Navigators operate at the macro-region level.  In certain geographies, there may be two Deputy Sector Navigators providing coverage to the macro-region.

Within the macro-region, 5-7 Deputy Sector Navigators each serve an industry or occupational cluster selected by the macro-region as one of its priority or emergent sectors targeted for investment.  The Regional Consortia has the task of selecting priority and emergent sectors. Within the state, a network of Deputy Sector Navigators within the same sector are led and coordinated by the Sector Navigator.  The network helps the Deputy Sector Navigators normalize work plans, learn of curriculum models and effective practices, and field “how to” questions.  The Chancellor’s Office communicates to the Deputy Sector Navigators through the Sector Navigators.

The Deputy Sector Navigators share responsibility for moving the needle on Common Metrics and Accountability Measures.


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