Who We Are


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, and that prepare them for living-wage and sustainable employment and careers.

CCW has several work streams:

  • Labor Market Analysis
  • Industry Councils
  • Regional Program Advisory Meetings
  • Work-Based Learning Partnerships
  • Company Visits and Career Videos
  • Workforce and Education Partners Portal
  • Bioscience Industry Portal

Annual Reports

CCW has published three progress updates in 2019, 2020, and 2021 summarizing the specific results that CCW is delivering. Click the images to view.  Also explore the menu and homepage to view latest progress.




CCW Advisory

The CCW Executive Committee and Advisory Council meet monthly and quarterly and are represented and led by thirteen CTE, Workforce and Economic Development, and Business Division Deans, Associate Deans, and Strong Workforce Program Managers from 5 and 7, respectively, of the 11 Community College Districts in the Los Angeles region who oversee and direct the strategic planning, college and external partnerships, project outcomes and financial management for this Strong Workforce Program regional project.

The Executive Committee and Advisory Council are Chaired by Virginia Rapp from El Camino College, with Co-Chairs from Sasha King from Santa Monica College and Jennifer Galbraith from Mt. San Antonio College.

CCW Advisory Council

CHAIR:  Virginia Rapp, Dean, Business Division, El Camino College

PROJECT LEAD:  Sasha King, Associate Dean, Economic and Workforce Development, Santa Monica College

PROJECT CO-LEAD:  Jennifer Galbraith, Dean, Business Division, Mt. San Antonio College


Salvatrice Cummo, Executive Director, Economic and Workforce Development, Pasadena City College

Patricia Ramos, Dean, Academic Affairs, Santa Monica College

Lyla Eddington, K-14 Pathways Coordinator, Rio Hondo College

Kendra Madrid, Dean, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, East Los Angeles College

Freddy Saucedo, Dean (Interim), Career Education and Workforce Development, Glendale Community College

Dr. Lucia Robles, J.D., M.A., Dean, CTE, Strong Workforce and Workforce Development, Los Angeles Community College District

Lynell R. Wiggins, Director of Adult Education and Workforce Development, Compton College

Mercy Yanez, Dean of Student Services, Los Angeles Harbor College

CCW Staff

Richard Verches
Executive Director
Center for a Competitive Workforce
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Jessica Ku Kim
Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development
Los Angels County Economic Development Corp (LAEDC)
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Jermaine Hampton
Director of Workforce Development
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp (LAEDC)
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Isabel Duran
Administrative Program Manager
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp (LAEDC)
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CCW reports are authored by a multi-organizational team of economists with deep research and analysis experience in regional labor markets and industries.  The team is comprised of economists from both the Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research, and LAEDC’s Institute for Applied Economics.

Partner Organizations

The 19 Community Colleges in the LA County region, who together serve half a million students each year: Cerritos College, Citrus College, Compton College, East Los Angeles College, El Camino College, Glendale Community College, Long Beach City College, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles Trade-Technology College, Los Angeles Valley College, Mt. San Antonio College, Pasadena City College, Rio Hondo College, Santa Monica College, West Los Angeles College, and including leadership from Los Angeles Community College District.

As grant-funded technical assistance providers, the seven Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research across the state, located strategically within the California Community College system to study the regional economies of California, support the community colleges by providing customized data on high growth, emerging, and economically-critical industries and occupations and their related workforce needs.

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) was founded in 1981 as a nonprofit, public-benefit organization to harness the power of private sector in collaboration with L.A. County, to guide economic development and create more widely shared prosperity. LAEDC collaborates with all stakeholders in the region including education, business, and government.

CCW is also a strong partner with the region’s seven Workforce Development Boards.