Gino DiCaro

Governor signs bill to extend CA Community College Workforce Development Program

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Sept. 21, 2012

Earlier this week, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1402 by Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) to reauthorize the California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) program that was scheduled to sunset at the end of the year.  CMTA supported this bill since its introduction.

The focus of the EWD is to enhance the State's economic and global competitiveness by providing industry-specific education, training and services that contribute to the development of a highly-skilled and productive workforce.  It accomplishes this by offering highly specialized, industry-specific course programs that include Advance Manufacturing, Advance Transportation Technology and Energy, Healthcare Training and Education, International Trade and Workplace Skills and Education.

SB 1402 revises this program by extending its operation to January 1, 2018 and improving its function by:

  • Making the program more nimble and better able to respond to changing economic conditions;
  • Making the program more accountable for investments and performance by strengthening the evaluation framework for economic and workforce development grants and programs; and
  • Encouraging better integration and communication of economic and workforce development programs with career technical education programs.

The California community college system is uniquely equipped to train and develop the workforce needed to meet the current and future labor needs of the State.  The reauthorization of the EWD means that this important tool remains available to assist in this effort.

You can view the bill's press announcement from the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office here

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