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South Central Coast Region Innovations

Programs and Strong Workforce Stars

Congratulations to the 2018 Strong Workforce Stars!

The California Community Colleges have announced the recognition of more than 1,000 career education programs that are resulting in students gaining social mobility based on factors important to their future success. The Strong Workforce Stars program is an annual recognition and celebration for career education programs in the California Community College system. Every California community college career education certificate or degree was analyzed to identify programs in which graduates met one or more thresholds related to economic mobility: An increase in earnings by 50 percent or more Attainment of the regional living wage by 70 percent or more 90 percent or more were employed in a job similar to their field of study We salute the stars in the South Central Coast Region, and all of those throughout California.

SWP New World of Work: Projects-in-Common

Regional Career Strategist Badge

The overarching goal of this project is that each Career Technical Education (CTE) community college student will create a LinkedIn profile that is linked to their college webpage while they are still a student. Thus a college can continue to track a student’s employment mobility after the student has left college. To prepare these students for the workforce, students would receive a targeted one-day training on strategic job search and how integrates with this process, interview preparation, and creating a professional LinkedIn profile. In addition, students who complete the workshop will receive a one-year subscription to, along with a South Central Coast-branded Career Strategist badge. While Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) is producing these one-day workshops at community colleges within its region (South Central Coast), the long-term goal is for each of these colleges to have its own state-approved, noncredit curriculum focused on preparing students for a successful job and career search process. To that end, SBCC shared its curriculum with the region for the Career Strategist certificate and badge. In addition, should community colleges want to emulate the model set forth by SBCC’s Career Skills Institute (CSI), whereby a student can earn both a noncredit certificate of completion and a digital badge for their LinkedIn profile, each college will receive a digital badge starter kit from the same company that SBCC currently uses. Nearly 420 digital badges have been issued by CSI since its inception in Fall, 2015.

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