Pathway will be enriched through an institutionalized process that ensures programs are meeting student needs and are impacting the regional economy.
1. Industry engagement - Industry will be engaged to evaluate the programs’ alignment with industry needs. Faculty will participate in the regional industry advisories being developed as part of the LA Region’s Strong Workforce Program, and LATTC will increase direct industry engagement with employers. This will include working with industry intermediaries, such as the LA Area Chamber, industry associations, labor, economic development agencies, such as LAEDC, and workforce, including City & County WIBs. Funds will be used to host/co-host industry events, attend industry conferences, symposia and events and related expenses. Industry engagement will result in the identification of the needs of industry for training, alignment of curriculum to skills needed in the workforce and gaps in the training/education pipeline.
2. Enhanced and enriched curriculum and equipment – Based on this analysis, in partnership with business and industry, the immediate & most critical needs for program enhancement and equipment upgrades will be addressed in Year 1, with the focus on planning and adequately equipping the programs of study, with some curriculum developed in areas prioritized by industry or the college partners. Plans for Years 2 & 3, which will focus on the curriculum enhancement and new program development will be planned and vetted by all partners. Funds will be used for equipment upgrades to meet industry standards, curriculum enrichment and alignment, new program development and other identified needs.
Addresses the following Strong Workforce Recommendations:
7. Evaluate, strengthen, and revise the curriculum development process to ensure alignment from education to employment
20. Develop robust connections between community colleges, business and industry representatives, labor and other regional workforce development partners to align college programs with regional and industry needs and provide support for CTE