The South Central Coast Region Consortium (SCCRC) has been working on a draft Regional strategic plan since January 2016 which will be reviewed at the regional planning retreat during June. The document will include a five year projection of demographic data for the three micro-economies (San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County combined, Ventura County and Northern Los Angeles County) within the region along with assessment of labor market data for business sectors represented within the region. SCCRC has also commissioned an economic impact study that will project the influence of higher education across the region.
Two South Central Coast Colleges Adopt the Statewide IT Technician Pathway
Embarking on a career in IT is not for the faint of heart. There are classes to take, certification exams to pass, and then there is the matter of getting a job. For many community college students, the path can seem long, expensive, and out of reach, especially without a Bachelor’s degree. Fortunately, two years of research by the ICT-Digital Media Sector of the California Community Colleges has led to the creation of a three-stage pathway designed especially for students wanting to start IT careers quickly, without a 4-year degree. And students in the South Central Coast region can get started at College of the Canyons and Santa Barbara City College, early adopters of this innovative statewide pathway.
When the IT Technician Pathway was announced, College of the Canyons President, Jerry Buckley was ready to offer and endorse it. “At College of the Canyons we are eager to roll out the new IT Technician Pathway as we see it to be beneficial for our students and businesses in the community,” stated Buckley.
Now more than ever, preparing students for jobs in today’s workforce requires a strong partnership between educators and local business employers. And when legislative support is added, groundbreaking results can be achieved. Just last year, Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) led a focus group in alternative credentialing that has spurred the implementation of digital badges through the Career Skills Institute at Santa Barbara City College. A first in the California Community College system.
“As we look to the future in education, it is important that we strategize as a community to meet the changing needs of our workforce.”
-Assemblymember Das Willliams (D-Carpinteria)