Report finds skilled worker supply and demand gap

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 4, 2013

A new report has found that over $50 billion in personal income could be lost over the next decade should California’s higher education and post-secondary systems fail to graduate sufficient vocational and career trained workers to meet the demands of the state’s evolving economy.

The report, commissioned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., claims that despite the need for highly skilled workers, years of chronic budget deficits and slow economic growth have made obtaining the requisite education for these jobs nearly impossible. The report argues that the state community college system has drastically reduced course offerings and reached enrollment capacity due to year-over-year budget constraints. As a result, the report estimates that some 2.5 million students will not be able to attend state community colleges over the next ten years. 

According to the report, “this gap between educational and vocational training ‘demand’ versus ‘supply’ represents a significant barrier to further economic recovery and growth.” In order to address this issue, the report calls for increased pathways and partnership between community colleges and career and vocational colleges.

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