Number of colleges participating: 1Lead: Corine Doughty, email@example.com , Irvine Valley College
Participating Colleges: Irvine Valley College ($200,000)
Sectors: Advanced Manufacturing; Agriculture, Water & Environmental Technologies; Life Sciences/Biotech
Brief Narrative: The goal of creating a Vertical Sector Lead for Biotechnology is expand the ability of Orange County’s colleges coordinate efforts, align initiatives and create build a range of opportunities across and between programs and colleges. This will enhance and not replace horizontal efforts such as those lead by Doing What Matters Key Talent but to provide complementary approaches and insights in a sector that is quickly morphing and transforming. The role of the Vertical Sector Lead is to develop a regionalized support network comprised of participating colleges, DSNs, K-12 and industry partners, and other stakeholders working together toward the following goals: assess college and workforce needs as reflected by program outcomes and occupational/economic projections within the sector; enhance and expand partnerships and interface among regional stakeholders including business and industry, economic and workforce development boards, adult education programs, and four-year universities; develop curriculum, work-based learning opportunities and program alignments, and enhance structural supports for the colleges with programs in the sector to improve outcomes as reflected by SWP metrics.