Our vision is to create a culture of completion, transfer, and a career-ready workforce among our students, through the lens of the enhanced mission of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO), the Vision for Success; by connecting our member community colleges to collaborative opportunities with ecosystem partners that include, but not limited to, K12 and four-year college and university partners, business and industry partners, and other stakeholders in the workforce development community of practitioners. In response to our CCCCO Vision for Success, the Los Angeles and Orange County Regional Consortium (LAOCRC) supports local and regional decision makers with an increased capacity to measure regional progress toward goals of efficiency and effectiveness, while also improving their access to indicators that measure student/incumbent worker progress through the educational system.
The LAOCRC is supported and sponsored by the Carl D. Perkins 1B grant, whose purpose is to connect individuals and align programs and curriculum to the needs of business and industry. Our mission is to benefit the local economy by engaging, leveraging, and advancing special projects that better prepare students for employment in business and industry.
The LAOCRC welcomes business, non-profits, unions, government agencies and industry leaders to provide current market data and insight to improve decision-making and responsiveness of our educational institutions to reflect changing market and technological trends.
The LAOCRC serves as a communication platform to and from the region for the CCCCO Workforce and Economic Development Division (WEDD); a clearinghouse for the development and recommendation of new career education program certificates and associate degrees and, in some cases bachelor degrees; and provides professional development and in-service training to member college career education stakeholders.
The LAOCRC convenes the region in monthly meetings, with the exception of July and August summer months, to facilitate business meetings for College Resource Leadership Council members and alternates to take action on new career education programs and discuss other business items, as well as collaborative meetings to host partners and provide updates from key talent stakeholders as well as communications from the WEDD at the CCCCO.
Sub-regional meetings are hosted in-region and supported by the LAOCRC team.
Additionally, the LAOCRC is operated based on a governance structure model and its Governance Council is comprised of the 15 district leaders who are convened in quarterly business meetings to help guide the region's career education goals and codify decisions on Strong Workforce Program investments.
“Moving the Needle” Key Activities
The regional consortium will benefit the local economy by engaging, leveraging, and advancing special projects that better prepare students for employment in business and industry.
- Convene business, non-profit, and industry leaders to provide current market data and insight, which will improve the decision-making and responsiveness of educational institutions to changing market and technological trends.
- Facilitate effective regional project initiation and completion by providing meeting spaces, including conference rooms, on-line meeting tools, phone conferences, and video conferences.
- Partner with key stakeholders in identifying economic and workforce development issues, clarifying curricular needs, identifying challenges, leveraging strengths, and facilitating training opportunities.
- Develop regional collaborative communities that have specific objectives, timelines and outcomes for improvement of the region’s priority and emergent sectors in collaboration with the Deputy Sector Navigators and Technical Assistance Providers.
- Maximize local efficiencies by convening regional stakeholders through advisory groups, communicating with the Sector Navigators, and providing briefings to educational and industry decision-makers.
- Leverage the insight and practical experience of the Academic Senate/Faculty structures in our region so that they receive early notice of trends in the data.
- Share best practices for regional projects based on the Common Core State Standards for K-12 educators, the regional consortium course approval process, and the Common Metrics Accountability Measures.
- Produce measurable results, which will be apparent in data collection efforts such as the California Partnership for Achieving Student Success2 (Cal-PASS2).
- Align the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for K-12 schools into our regional framework.
- Provide curricular support by providing detailed labor market information and connections.
Using Technology & Innovation:
To increase efficiencies, technology will be used to enhance communication and improve productivity.
- Email- Monthly e-newsletter (Constant Contact) to all participants which will not only include the dates and times of upcoming meetings, but also link source documents, appropriate videos, websites, and other information useful to participants.
- Social Media- notices of key meetings and events will be shared through the use of Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and a special Regional Consortium blogsite.
- CTE Online Mapping Tool- this on-line system will map key business and industry needs, audit existing educational offerings at the K-12, community college, and four-year educational institutional level, and provide appropriate contact information regarding the teachers or instructors at each location.
- Data Tools - in partnership with the regional Management Information Systems (MIS) staff, develop strategies for consistent data collection standards such as LaunchBoard, WageTracker, and Salary Surfer.
Opportunities for Involvement
- JOIN the conversation by participating in the regional meetings, subscribe to the consortium newsletter to stay abreast of current events and resources, and further the conversation through our social media channels.
- CONTRIBUTE your talents and expertise on sub-committees based on the priority and emerging business sectors selected by our region
- CONNECT key business and industry leaders with the regional advisories to maximize regional effectiveness and opportunities to advance our collective missions.
- LAOCRC Executive Director- Dr. Alex Davis
- LAOCRC - OC Director- Dr. Gustavo Chamorro
- LAOCRC - LA Director- Dr. Karen Childers
Meeting Schedule & Location:
- When: 3rd Thursday of every month.
- Where: Cerritos Sheraton, 12725 Center Court Drive, Cerritos, CA 90703
- Information: Meeting details and announcements will be emailed and posted. Please view the Master Calendar for current meeting details.