Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Division of Economic and Workforce Development (EWD), collaborates with employers, organized labor, local communities, and their community colleges to bridge the skills and jobs mismatch and prepare California’s workforce for 21st century careers. The EWD has developed a regional strategy and framework called “Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy“,  which calls for community colleges to become essential catalysts in California’s economic recovery and jobs creation at the local, regional and state levels. The goals of Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy are to supply in-demand skills for employers, create relevant career pathways and stackable credentials, promote student success and get Californians into open jobs.

As part of this strategy, each community college region in California identified priority and emergent sectors in order to focus resources on programs that matter most to the regional economy. The San Diego and Imperial Counties Regional Consortium identified the following priority and emerging industry sectors in its region: Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Transportation and Renewables, Global Trade and Logistics, Health, ICT/Digital Media, Life Sciences/Biotech, and Small Business. The efforts to narrow the skills gaps in these industry sectors are coordinated by a network of Statewide Sector Navigators and regional Deputy Sector Navigators.

 Deputy Sector Navigator – Global Trade and Logistics

The Deputy Sector Navigator (DSN) is part of the EWD’s regional strategy and acts as a workforce system integrator, identifying gaps and connecting needs and resources in the regional Colleges globalization efforts. The DSN for Global Trade & Logistics is focused on aligning curriculum and training programs in International Business and Logistics, across the community colleges in the San Diego & Imperial Counties region, to meet industry needs and help students develop successful career paths in high-growth, high-wage industries.