Leading industry-education partnerships to strengthen our region’s talent development ecosystem

CCW is focused on institutionalizing the regular engagement of and partnerships between our 19 community colleges in the L.A. region and employers from high-growth industry sectors with projected growth of middle skill jobs. It is through the development, institutionalization and activation of these productive partnerships and real-time “feedback loops” that colleges can adaptively attune their programs, courses and curricula to the workforce needs in a way that this truly responsive, demand-driven and future-forward, while also providing students with the very important real-world experiences that come from work-based learning opportunities such as internships.

How CCW delivers on this mission:

  • 1 – Labor market research and analysis on the supply and demand for talent, to inform college faculty, employers and job-seekers about career paths, changing skills requirements and anticipated job openings.
  • 2 – Industry councils and employer engagement, led by LAEDC, to convene business leaders and faculty, to strengthen relationships and communication, identify trends in skills and competencies, and build efficient talent development programs.
  • 3 – Developing work-based learning opportunities to enable students to explore careers, apply their education and training, understand employer expectations and contextual mixed learning, receive professional mentoring, and on the job experience.  (e.g. internship and apprenticeship). This also encourages employers to co-invest in the job and career readiness of students.
  • 4 – Company visits and career videos, to show faculty occupations and work sites in-person.
  • 5 – CCW Workforce & Education Portal, accessible on this website, which creates a regional infrastructure to efficiently connect students, colleges and employers in real time, to share and activate job leads and work-based learning opportunities on a Salesforce community platform.

CCW is a collaboration between the 19 community colleges in the LA region and the LAEDC, funded through California’s Strong Workforce Program.

Read the recently completed 2020 CCW Annual Report to view progress:

Latest News

CCW Newsletter offers upcoming events and other updates

Updates on Regional Program Advisories, Workforce & Education Portal, industry councils, and launch of the bioscience portal

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CCW prepares to study essential worker occupations

During this pandemic, Angelenos have relied on essential workers. Looking at the data, what are those occupations and are they hiring?

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California blackouts fueling career opportunities in energy storage

Many residents and businesses are increasing the demand for energy storage, creating middle-skill job openings.

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CCW protective services report released

This latest report from CCW provides college faculty and students with actionable information about protective services occupations in the Los Angeles region.

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CCW construction industry report released

This latest report from CCW provides college faculty and students with actionable information about occupations in the Construction industry in the Los Angeles region.

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ICT Report: The Information and Communications Technology Industry and its Workforce

This latest report from CCW provides college faculty and students with actionable information about occupations in the ICT industry in the Los Angeles region.

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E4 Mobility Alliance Council Meeting: “Future of Electric Transportation”

Future of electric transportation and LA's role was explored May 6th, 2020 at a special Future Forum sponsored by CCW

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Report: LA Area Community Colleges at a Crossroads: a market assessment and call to action

Report provides analysis of the changing landscape, and offers recommendations to increase the ability of the LA Area community colleges to be highly successful

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Recap of April 30 CCW / LAEDC Webinar: COVID-19 Economic Impact

April 30th, 2020, from 2:00pm – 2:30pm. Topic: Economic insights on COVID-19 for community colleges in LA County. Requires RSVP. Virtual meeting via Zoom

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Global Trade & Logistics videos

How did faculty and employers react to CCW's Regional Industry Advisory meeting on global trade & logistics talent?

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Bioscience portal about to launch

The new Fusion LA website, which will launch soon, is the new focal point for all things bioscience in the Los Angeles region.

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Manufacturing report is published

Report details manufacturing occupations in LA region to assist college faculty and students with planning

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Cororavirus fueling online education demand

Community colleges have a tremendous opportunity to enroll new students while the public is at home

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Recap: Global Trade & Logistics Regional Advisory Meeting 2/2020

CCW hosted a Regional Industry Advisory meeting on the future of global trade and logistics talent, in a closed meeting for college faculty on Friday, February 21st, 2020

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Video: Renewable energy is influencing workforce, from facility managers to IT careers

Video interview describes how the renewable energy industry is affecting the skills that businesses need and the career opportunities for workers in California and Los Angeles Basin, accessible via community college

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CCW driving successful Regional Strong Workforce program in Los Angeles Basin

The LA region has demonstrated that fusing labor market research and reliable occupational forecasting with systematic business engagement of college leadership drives more effective career education programs.

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New CCW Labor Market Reports: Forty fast-growing LA occupations profiled

LAEDC & Center for Competitive Workforce Forecast over 200,000 Middle-Skill Job Openings in Los Angeles Basin: Labor market reports will guide community college faculty and students in a fast-changing economy

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Fourth “HireLAX” cohort graduates from LA Southwest College

More than 70 percent of graduates have already started their construction careers at LAX or nearby projects. That is the power of industry partnership with our community colleges.

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Industry-College partnerships increasingly valuable source of workers and well-paying careers

Here's a quick list of college-industry partnerships that are driving curricula and program offerings at the 19 LA Basin Community Colleges. List is being updated as we receive input.

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Talent pipelines from community colleges explored in CCW industry councils

Employers have a chance to develop talent with deans from local community colleges at industry council events hosted by LAEDC.  This is part of the value provided by the Center for a Competitive Workforce

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Community college system, students and businesses benefiting from CCW partnership

LAEDC has published a playbook for industry-education partnerships, in the form of a Project Update about the work of Center for a Competitive Workforce (CCW). Get the report here.

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CCW Meetings & Calendar  View Past Events

Bioscience State of the Industry – In partnership with CCW, Biocom and LAEDC

Oct 28th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm. Requires RSVP, Register at link inside.

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Automotive Technician – Regional Program Advisory

Nov 6th, 9:00-11:00. Requires RSVP in advance

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E4 Advanced Transportation Industry Council

Nov 12th, time TBD. Requires RSVP, contact CCW if interested.

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Animation – Regional Program Advisory

Nov 13th, 10:00-12:00. Requires RSVP in advance

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Digital Media & Entertainment Industry Council, Dec 4th, 2020

Dec 4th, 10:00-11:30am. Requires RSVP, contact CCW if interested.

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Web Design & Development – Regional Program Advisory

Date TBD. Requires RSVP in advance

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Partner with CCW to access talent pipelines with community colleges in the region.

  • Upskill or retrain your existing employees by connecting with CCW.
  • Develop internship and apprenticeship pipelines to access aspiring talent, many of whom will become great employees.
  • Engage with college faculty so they can modify their programs and curricula to teach the technology and skills you require in your workplace.
  • Use the CCW Portal to find candidates, partnering opportunities with local colleges, and post open positions and work-based learning opportunities.

Faculty and Workforce Dev Pros:

CCW improves the placement of your students and job-seekers into work-based learning and well-paying careers, and CCW helps you adapt programs to the changing needs of employers.

  • Learn details of occupations that are in-demand, pay well, and align with your programs, in our reports.  Give students and faculty insights on skills that are needed and career prospects.
  • Develop relationships with employers at industry council events hosted by LAEDC, to create internship or apprenticeship pipelines and place people into well-paying careers
  • Establish faculty externships in various industries to ensure your programs are adapting to future-forward skills and competencies.
  • Use the CCW Portal to engage with employers see what work-based learning opportunities are there, and connect your students or job seekers there.

Leaders and Interested Public:

Learn how CCW’s model of industry-education engagement is driving better opportunity for the people in the LA County region, and find ways to engage to assist progress.

  • See how the Strong Workforce initiative is delivering improvements in California Community Colleges, via CCW.
  • Learn which jobs have great career paths, with strong hiring prospects and career ladders.
  • Share our information with others, so we can together create more successful talent development systems in the LA Basin, that sustain families with good jobs, and solve talent gaps employers face.