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(January 31, 2014)
California Community Colleges Announce Career Pathways Grant

Excerpts from a January 27 announcement:

A coalition of community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties has received a $1.4 million grant to better prepare students -- beginning at the middle school level -- for the hottest jobs of the future.

The three-year state Career Pathways grant will focus on providing training for job sectors determined to have the most growth in the region for the coming years. Money from the grant will also be used to align the training and education programs among community colleges and the middle and high schools so that all of the programs are teaching the skills that students most need to learn for the emerging jobs.

The California Community College Chancellor's Office challenged community colleges throughout the state to determine which workforce sectors will show the most growth and have the greatest need for more trained workers. The regional consortium for San Diego and Imperial counties determined that they should focus on training for jobs in transportation and renewables, health, and biotech, along with advanced manufacturing and information communications technology/digital media.

The grant will also be used for the community colleges to collaborate with each other and the middle and high schools in the region to ensure they're all teaching students the same lessons. Currently, a student interested in a field such as health care might find that what they were taught in middle or high school has a different focus than what their community college classes offer.

Grossmont College President Sunita V. Cooke has been working to help SDICCCA obtain the state grant, and is also serving on a statewide advisory board to help other regions create similar workforce training programs. The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is also responsible for administering the grant funds.

“Our goals are always to find new and innovative ways to help our students succeed, find good jobs, and to provide excellent employees for the workforce,” Cooke said.”

Also see: Career Pathways Community of Practice