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 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 – Convening Industry and Education in regional program advisories and industry councils, led by LAEDC, to strengthen relationships and communication between business leaders and college faculty, 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:

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CCW Meetings & Calendar  View Past Events

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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.