Workforce & Workplace

GOAL: The Summit aims to increase opportunity by providing California’s workforce - and its businesses and entrepreneurs - with the skills, knowledge, and abilities they need to grow well-paying jobs in changing markets.

THE RIGHT NEXT STEPS IN 2015

  1. Align regional workforce training, industry, and community needs by improving responsiveness to students, increasing completion rates, and finding long-term funding for career pathways and career technical education programs.

  2. Provide small businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools to grow jobs in changing markets.

TEAMS

  • Workforce
  • Advancing Manufacturing
  • Housing
  • Working Landscapes
  • Infrastructure
  • Regulations
  • Capital

 

Tracking Progress

GOAL 1: Better align regional workforce development systems by connecting workforce, industry. Define systems; responsiveness, completion goals, including regional targets for training needs.

GOAL 2: Find long-term workforce development funding for K-14 thru higher education--from regions-focused career pathways to career technical education programs (CTE).
Task Force: The action team has been actively engaged throughout the year with the California Community College Board of Governors Task Force on Workforce, Job Creation, and a Strong Economy, a group charged with better aligning community colleges with the state's regional economies. With several team members sitting on the Task Force, the Summit offered five ideas this summer for improving the group's draft recommendations--many of them related to how regional industry clusters can play a bigger role in workforce training. The Task Force's final recommendations are expected in September. Higher education innovation: After supporting the creation of a $50 million grant in the 2014 budget for encouraging innovation in higher education, Summit partners co-hosted the first-ever California Awards for Innovation in Higher Education Showcase in March. More than 50 campuses submitted applications, and 33 schools presented innovations aimed at supporting students and collaborating across sectors to improve completion rates and workforce preparation. This summer, fourteen campuses were awarded grants. Legislation: Summit partners continued to support implementation of a range of 2014 legislation aimed at aligning local workforce training systems, including AB 86 (adult education transition), SB 1022 (CSU and UC outcome data), and AB 2148 (workforce system dashboard). The Summit also made a presentation in March on the effectiveness of California's economic and workforce policies to the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy (JEDE). After the hearing, the Summit and committee issued a joint statement announcing plans to collaborate on these issues, beginning with a JEDE hearing at the November 2015 Summit. Financing the Future: Complementing the Summit's work with the Board of Governors Task Force, CA Fwd has produced a series of reports on how the state can develop a sustainable revenue system. The Financing the Future series identifies a range of options for more sustainably funding schools and workforce development programs, as well as infrastructure.
GOAL: Expand exposure to career options in manufacturing by connecting workforce training programs (K-12 thru higher ed) with manufacturers.
Regional collaboration: Summit partners continue to support Southern California's new Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), a federal designation awarded to a regional aerospace consortium that is now eligible for $1.3 billion in federal funds. Awareness campaign: The team has provided success stories to the California Manufacturing and Technology Association's Champions of Manufacturing initiative. It has also raised awareness about the need for ongoing career technical education funding and collaborated with the Workforce team to promote inclusion of the manufacturing perspective in the work of the Board of Governors Task Force.
GOAL: Support growth of small business, entrepreneurs by connecting investors, lenders, and industry clusters.
Capital access: The Summit is leading an effort to build statewide solutions to local capital market challenges through its Capital Action Plan, a strategy for expanding capital access in underserved regions that has been awarded a $42,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As part of the plan, the team will assess capital access challenges in the Inland Empire and convene the region's capital markets to enhance lending and investment. While the USDA grant will allow this work to begin, the team has also applied for a contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration to expand the effort with partners in the Inland Empire, Ventura and the Sierra regions.
GOAL: Ensure sufficient housing for workforce by supporting housing development, connecting workforce development and worker housing. Promote city-centered development that attracts entrepreneurs, provides construction jobs, and encourages local hiring.
Housing strategy: With the price of housing continuing to put pressure on California workers, the Summit released a comprehensive plan in June for addressing the housing crisis. The Summit offered its support for the Speaker of the Assembly's housing package, urging lawmakers to expand resources for subsidized affordable housing--and to do everything in their power to expand development of affordable and market-rate housing close to transit and jobs.
GOAL: Support growth of small business, entrepreneurs by connecting investors, lenders, and industry clusters.
Capital access: The Summit is leading an effort to build statewide solutions to local capital market challenges through its Capital Action Plan, a strategy for expanding capital access in underserved regions that has been awarded a $42,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As part of the plan, the team will assess capital access challenges in the Inland Empire and convene the region's capital markets to enhance lending and investment. While the USDA grant will allow this work to begin, the team has also applied for a contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration to expand the effort with partners in the Inland Empire, Ventura and the Sierra regions.