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CCW Report Release Webinar: LA’s Middle-Skill Occupations through the Lens of Race and Ethnicity
Middle-skill jobs in LA’s economy offer great potential for living-wage careers, and by studying diversity within these occupations, data can support alignment of workforce development programs to help create equitable access to those occupations. This type of focused workforce development sets a foundation for employment to reflect the wide range of diversity in LA County while helping businesses in our region’s key industries develop the diverse workforces they seek. California’s community colleges are focused on this opportunity because of their commitment to diversity, equity and strengthening career pathways, resulting in a diverse talent pool.

In this report from Center for a Competitive Workforce, data on racial and ethnic diversity in ten in-demand occupations and related job opening forecasts are coupled with supply data from the Los Angeles County region’s community colleges to support a more informed approach to program development so that access to training for these careers is increasingly equitable across LA County. When analyzed through this lens, data highlights opportunities to diversify workforce development and foster the industry-education partnerships that enable growth industries to reflect the diversity of our communities.

This report is especially useful in LA County’s current context because job loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic impacted communities of color disproportionately, and as the region focuses on an equitable recovery, data can reveal opportunities to assist these displaced workers in accessing living-wage, middle skill jobs via affordable and efficient community college programs.

Jun 10, 2021 02:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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