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Strong Workforce Program (SWP)

Regional Stakeholders Meetings

The South Central Coast Regional Consortium (SCCRC) serves to facilitate and promote effective regional educational initiatives for its member colleges and key stakeholders in support of local, regional, and statewide workforce development efforts. We leverage employer, community, and educational resources to create and maintain a highly skilled workforce that meets our regional needs. The goals of the South Central Coast Regional Consortium are to strengthen communication, coordination, and timely decision-making in regional workforce training and education efforts, while enhancing participation in career pathways development and implementation, reinforce regional leadership and operational partnerships among community college, industry, labor, and other workforce and economic development entities to improve the delivery of career and technical education, align college programs with regional and industry needs, create a sustained public outreach campaign for industry, high school students, counselors, parents, faculty, staff, and the community to promote career development, and reinforce the value of career and technical education programs.

SQL Ninja Training Series Kicks off in the Region

SQL Ninja Training Series Kicks off in the Region

image3Luke Soules, a member of the company iFixit, had an predicament. Packages being shipped to the island of Réunion (a tiny island in the Indian Ocean) had been lost, and it was his job to find them. With the help of a SQL query, Soules was able to locate the two packages and solved the problem quickly.

“Without SQL knowledge, I'd either not have been able to figure it out at all, or needed to involve others instead of being able to immediately solve it on my own,” Soules explained.

Soules’ company, iFixit, provides free online guides for fixing things, and to gain more skills for this job, he attended the first module training of the SQL Ninja Training Series taking place in the South Central Coast Region. Soules said he signed up for the training because, while SQL is something he uses regularly, most of his knowledge has been from “figuring it out” rather than proper instruction.

“This course should provide a good foundation and cover anything I've missed,” he said. “We have a large amount of data available to us, but analyzing the data or finding a specific answer is always the challenge. By improving my SQL skills, I'll be more capable to find answers to questions or solve problems myself.”

This series was designed with folks like Soules in mind, to provide those interested in mastering SQL the opportunity to.

Ventura County Community College District Board Chair Larry Kennedy Recognized by California Community Colleges

Ventura County Community College District Board Chair Larry Kennedy Recognized by California Community Colleges

VCCCD Board of Trustees Chair Larry Kennedy IMG 41 546a6b73d78c97de8e326988db074VENTURA, CA--(Marketwired - August 15, 2016) - The Ventura County Community College District Board Chair Larry Kennedy was publicly presented with a Certificate of Accomplishment during the August 9, Board of Trustees meeting. The certificate was awarded by the Community College League of California for recertification of the Excellence in Trusteeship program, following Board Trustee Stephen Blum who was the second trustee in the state to complete the recertification process. The recertification and acknowledgement of this prestigious recognition demonstrates Chair Kennedy's commitment to exemplary Board leadership.


Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education

Reducing Wage Inequality and Sustaining
California’s Innovation-Based Economy


Income distribution in the U.S. and California has become far less equal since about 1980. Much of the rising disparity appears to be the result of increasing returns on capital assets relative to labor earnings (Piketty, 20141).

This is reflected in the widening of wealth inequality more than income, but will likely initiate a negative feedback loop in which income inequality rises in the future.

Many other causes of the increase in income (wage) disparity have been proposed: Globalization has exposed low-skilled U.S. workers to foreign competition from Asia and other emerging economies; technological changehas placed a greater value on highly skilled workers, lifting their wages relative to lower-skilled workers; institutional changes, such as the weakening of private-sector unions, have reduced workers’ bargaining power; the inflationadjusted minimum wage has declined; and the number of less-educated immigrants in the workforce has grown.2

This list is not exhaustive, as many believe that financial deepening, measured by private credit in proportion to GDP3, accompanied by relatively less financial inclusion, has exacerbated inequality.

This analysis examines the role that skill acquisition, as measured by academic degrees obtained or average years of education, has played in rising wage inequality and how the gap can be narrowed by increasing opportunities for postsecondary career technical training. The difference in earnings for workers who receive postsecondary education compared with those with only high school education or less has widened over the past few decades. The magnitude of contributions from various sources may be debated, but the combined impact has been to reward workers who have higher skills. Career technical training will also help support California’s innovation-driven industries, where there are shortages of professionals in mid-level occupations.


SCCRC Scores Big in Wine Making Competition

SCCRC Scores Big in Wine Making Competition

Students at Allan Hancock College can now say they created award-winning wines. The college brought home three bronze medals from the 40th Annual Orange County Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition, considered the largest and most comprehensive judging of California wines in the world.

The college received bronze medals for its 2014 syrah, 2014 cabernet sauvignon and 2014 red/Bordeaux blend.

“We are extremely proud,” said Alfredo Koch, Hancock’s viticulture and enology program coordinator. “The medals will raise awareness about the high quality of our wines, our program and the college.”

Cuesta Welders #1 in Nation

Cuesta College Welding Fabrication Team Best in Nation

Cuesta Welders #1 in Nation

 Cuesta College News Release



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July 12, 2016

A team of three Cuesta College welding students brought home the gold from the 52nd Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) held in Louisville, KY, June 20-June 24, 2016, placing first in the Welding Fabrication competition.

The team, comprised of Joey Grant of Atascadero, Trevor Poindexter of San Luis Obispo, and William Dexter of Half Moon Bay, CA, built a large tool box with a removable tray intended for use at a construction job site. The contestants were required to submit a design set of drawings and fabricate the project in 6.5 hours.

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