Why Health?

The health sector is one of the largest employers in California, providing a wide range of job options to residents of both urban and rural areas. With rapid population and expanded coverage under the healthcare reform, the demand for high-quality healthcare services is increasing. In order to provide these services, a sufficient pool of qualified workers is needed. Healthcare continues to add jobs, albeit at a slower pace than usual because of the recent recession. This provides job seekers with an opportunity to enter and retain employment in a wide range of health occupations and skill levels. Many of these jobs provide good wages and career advancement opportunities. Developing a competent healthcare workforce across a full spectrum of occupations is crucial for the sector and economic well-being of California.

Certified Nursing Assistant Brochure

Emergency Medical Services Brochure

Medical Assisting Brochure

Medical Laboratory Technician Brochure

Radiologic Technology Brochure

Respiratory Therapist Brochure

Registered Nurse Brochure

Vocational Nursing Brochure

Mental Health and Human Services Brochure


16-17 Final Report DSN Health SB 1070 Funds

Narrative of activities


SB 1070 – In Regional Outcomes

The DSN Health for the South Central Coast works in tandem with the other five sectors Deputy Sector Navigators and regional Technical Assistant Providers to assure there are consistency and open communication to the resources, data and support each brings to the region. In that, there are many activities that occur throughout the year where we meet with the Workforce Development Boards, Industry and Community College Administration and Faculty. These include regional roundtable discussions, advisory board meetings, chamber meetings and other networking events.

This funding provided DSNs to develop relationships with high and middle school teachers and counselors; provided faculty with opportunities to network with high school teachers in like disciplines; hosted summer institutes for students in bridging career awareness in health care pathways; summer institutes for faculty training in Biotechnology; Innovation in Teaching Strategies; faculty and teacher immersion into industry job shadowing. 


John Cordova Posted In Health Tuesday, 13 February 2018


DSN Health Workplan Objectives & Activities 17-18 (17-156-008)

DSN Regional plan aligned with SWP metrics

Please review the attached workplan objectives and activities that align with the regional SCCRC strategic plan and the SWP metrics. 

John Cordova Posted In Health Friday, 09 February 2018


Noncredit Curriculum 101

CCCCO Academic Affairs Division Presentation

Noncredit Curriculum 101
Chantée Guiney, Specialist
Health Workforce Initiative
Deputy Sector Navigator Meeting
January 18, 2018
Academic Affairs Division | Chancellor’s Office

John Cordova Posted In Health Tuesday, 30 January 2018


DSN Health Grant Reports

Quarterly Activity Reports

Please find the quarterly reports for the DSN Health SCCRC. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out. 

John Cordova Posted In Health Wednesday, 24 January 2018


Men in Nursing 2017 Video

Conference video outcome

The Health Workforce Initiative (HWI) and the Men in Nursing Conference Committee warmly extends our welcome to this year’s conference “Strength through Diversity. This two day conference is open to engage, mentor, network and bridge the gaps toward equity and diversity in the nursing profession. Collectively we can make a change toward a better future and change the culture through our healing.

John Cordova Posted In Health Friday, 15 December 2017


DSN Health SWP Regional Funds Report

SWP Health Activities

Please find the attached document for your review of the SWP regional funds allocation report of activities. 

John Cordova Posted In Health Thursday, 30 November 2017


Course Identification Numbering (C-ID) -- Medical Assisting Faculty Forum

CID MA Programs

Faculty report Nicole Falco: Medical Assisting Faculty Forum was on C-ID Pathways for students and a need to create a model curriculum for medical assisting.

John Cordova Posted In Health Tuesday, 17 October 2017


Streamlining Curriculum Processes in the California Community College System

White Paper

The streamlining of curriculum processes constitutes the intersection of a number of key initiatives and projects currently in progress in the California Community College system. Some projects have been in response to the needs of the field by the Chancellor’s Office, such as the development of the new Chancellor’s Office Curriculum Inventory (COCI). Other efforts have been in response to legislation focused on statewide initiatives such as the Online Education Initiative, the Student Success Taskforce, and Strong Workforce Program, including clarification of the processes for regional consortia and regional curriculum projects. Additional efforts have been undertaken through the work of the California Community College Curriculum Committee (5C), formerly known as the System Advisory Committee on Curriculum (SACC), including the delineation of authority and the movement toward local Curriculum Chair/Chief Instructional Officer certification.

John Cordova Posted In Health Monday, 05 June 2017


A Workforce Analysis for Santa Barbara County

Industry Study Final Report

Santa Barbara County’s Workforce Investment Board (SBWIB) partnered with BW Research to examine the region’s changing economic and workforce landscape. Findings illustrate regional employment dynamics, including industry growth and occupational distribution. In previous studies, BW Research highlighted key industries clusters, but as markets emerge and decline, the research evaluates new opportunities and challenges for workforce development in Santa Barbara County.

John Cordova Posted In Health Monday, 05 June 2017


Faculty Abstract from the COADN North Conference April 2017

Living, Laughing, and Learning Conference

DSN Health provided support for two nursing faculty from the region to attend the California Organization of Associate Degree Nursing Program Directors April 27 & 28, 2017. Here they share their learning objectives and what they bring back to share with other faculty.

John Cordova Posted In Health Friday, 26 May 2017


Career Pathway Outcomes

HWI Magazine #9

“The Health Workforce Initiative is committed to working with all of our educational and industry partners to provide work-based learning and career awareness opportunities to students. It has been very rewarding to watch students become passionate about a health care career and start their individual pathway to that dream.”

John Cordova Posted In Health Friday, 07 April 2017


Community Health Workers

Emerging in Care Coordination Models in California

Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Promotores de Salud are playing an increasingly important role in community-based and clinical care settings. As healthcare reform addresses healthcare spending and enhanced coordinated care delivery to manage he crippling incidence of chronic disease, there is increased opportunity and need for holistic care team approaches that integrate clinical and community-facing roles. Further, addressing social determinants of health that impact vulnerable populations who are disproportionately affected by chronic disease necessitates care delivery models that are attuned to the specific sociocultural, socioeconomic, and linguistic needs of these targeted populations.

John Cordova Posted In Health Thursday, 06 April 2017



Leadership Development, Culture, and Retention

Results from the 2017 HealthLeaders Media Nursing Excellence Survey are telling regarding the top three nursing challenges that nursing staff face in the healthcare industry. Nurse retention (61%) and nurse recruitment (59%) stand out significantly by respondents as top challenges in the survey results; however, it is important to note that the third and fourth place challenges, nurse engagement (35%) and nurse leadership development (33%), directly impact an organization’s ability to recruit and retain top-notch nursing staff.

John Cordova Posted In Health Thursday, 06 April 2017



California Career Pathways Trust Implementation Research Report

In July 2014, the California legislature passed Assembly Bill 86, which established the California Career Pathways Trust (CCPT) through the California Department of Education (CDE).1 The initiative funds new regional consortia of K-12 educators, community colleges, and employers to establish career pathways designed to lead secondary students to a postsecondary degree or certification aligned with regional workforce needs.2 California’s CCPT investment stands as one of the largest career pathways investments across all states. With AB 86, the California legislature allocated $500 million to finance two CCPT cohorts.3 Cohort 1 (FY 2014–2018) funded 12 regional consortia with up to $15 million each, 16 regional consortia with up to $6 million each, and 11 local projects with up to $600,000 each, for a total of $282 million. Cohort 2 grants (FY 2015–2019) supported 10 regional consortia of up to $15 million each, 4 regional consortia of up to $6 million each, 20 local projects of up to $6 million each, and 6 local projects of up to $600,000 each—a commitment of $297.6 million. These multilevel grants are set up for four or five years, with infusions of funding from the state between year 1 and year 3, with an expectation that the last two years of the initiative will be fully funded by consortia partners to promote sustainability.

John Cordova Posted In Health Thursday, 06 April 2017

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