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Providing economic research reports to better inform the community college programs across the Los Angeles Basin.


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CCW is a collaboration between the LA19 Community Colleges, LAEDC and the Los Angeles/Orange County Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research.

Funding is provided through California’s Strong Workforce Program and represents a co-investment by 19 community colleges in the Los Angles/Orange County Regional Consortium.

The information gathered is integrated into developing bold and far-reaching strategies to most effectively and efficiently equip workers in a rapidly evolving labor market.

Industry insights and research are applied toward shaping curriculum and programs offered by training providers and community colleges to enhance the region’s economic vitality.

Richard Verches
Executive Director
Center for a Competitive Workforce
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In his role as Executive Director, Richard Verches supports regional employer-engagement strategies for and with the 19 community colleges in the L.A. region to increase work-based learning and employment opportunities for students in highest growth occupations and industry sectors/clusters, consistent with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Strong Workforce Program

Jessica Ku Kim
Senior Director of Workforce Development
Los Angels County Economic Development Corp (LAEDC)
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In her role as Senior Director of Workforce Development, Jessica Ku Kim provides strategic direction and leads collaborative efforts to strengthen the alignment of LA County’s workforce and education systems to industry workforce needs, as LAEDC looks towards the future of work in the region and develops strategies to help LA’s workforce navigate a rapidly changing economy. She is LAEDC’s lead for the CCW collaboration.

Lawren Markle
Senior Director of Communications
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp (LAEDC)
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Lawren Markle develops content for CCW, serving in a communications and media relations role, which is parallel to his role at LAEDC.  He welcomes feedback on the website, videos, and related content.  In addition to working at LAEDC, Lawren also serves on the board of Innovate Pasadena and as an advisor for the Net Zero Accelerator run by USGBC-LA.

Partner Organizations

As grant-funded technical assistance providers, the seven Centers of Excellence across the state, located strategically 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/Orange County Regional Consortium (LAOCRC) provides local and regional decision makers with the increased capacity to measure regional progress toward goals of efficiency and effectiveness, while also improving their access to indicators that measure student/incumbent worker progress through the educational system.

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.