Blog: Fundamentals of Workforce Development Programs

The American Dream is a national belief of the United States that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve prosperity and success through determination, persistence, and hard work. Partnerships between government, public corporations and organizations, along with private enterprise, have been an embodiment in the creation of this American Dream, and an essential aspect of Workforce Development.

Policymakers, corporations, and the public, have regarded workforce development as a fundamental objective of community colleges (CC), training for future employment, and providing the labor market with skilled workers.  Community colleges are essential engines of local and regional workforce and economic development providing technical and vocational learning, making education more viable and affordable to students from all backgrounds.

Community colleges serve about 40% of all undergraduates in America and the student population is a diverse group.  In California, over 67% of CC  students are people of different ethnic backgrounds and 44% of low-income students attend CC as their first college after high school.

Challenges Facing the US Workforce

A major challenge facing the US workforce is not the lack of jobs, but rather the lack of necessary skilled workers to fill jobs as a part of the new technology-based economy.  A primary focus for those in workforce development is to bridge-the-gap between employers and potential employees by creating partnerships with employers, job seekers, and community colleges through job training and education. Currently, there is also a shortage of skilled workers for jobs not related to new-technology in construction, utilities, energy, and safety. A well-educated, highly skilled workforce is an important component to strengthen economies and ensure a good quality of life.

The number of vocational credentials at public community colleges has grown over 100 percent in the past decade. Vocational programs require less than the two years of full-time study for an associate degree or a certificate. These degrees and certificates are offered in many different fields, including business, construction, nursing, and some are specialized in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

California Community Colleges (CCC) are the largest provider of workforce training in the state. Through innovation, technology, and education, Coastline has been at the forefront of helping this change. Coastline has partnered with local employers and businesses to understand and meet the workforce needs.

Career Education Department at Coastline College

Coastline College offers the very latest education and training leading to degrees and certifications in high-salary, high-demand careers. The fields include:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Business Computing
  • Digital Media
  • Cybersecurity
  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Management and Supervision
  • Real Estate
  • Building Codes Technology
  • Emergency Management
  • Process Technology
  • Paralegal

Coastline College has an advisory committee for each of its Career Education career and technical programs. The committees counsel the College on the latest industry developments in their respective subjects and curriculum development to meet emerging industry needs. For more information, contact Dr. Nancy Jones – Dean of Instruction and Technical Education an e-mail atnjones@coastline.edu.