Fellow IT and Cybersecurity Industry and Educators,
I have heard from many of you over the past year, as we supported a number of CA Community College events and programs, that the real challenge for our students is to advance in a skill-based economy while pursuing the typical non-degreed Career Technical Education like IT and Cybersecurity.
Suddenly the CA Assembly gets a great idea! Why not allow CCC Career Technical Education students in IT/Cybersecurity to gain a Bachelor's Degree! This Applied Science Degree recognizes the hands-on nature and acquired skill set of technology. With advances in IT, Cybersecurity, IoT, Artificial Intelligence and many technological applications, it's the right time! This degree will allow thousands of current and future IT Tech and Cybersecurity experts to be trained and will support high wage jobs.
We are very excited about this development and would invite you to get involved by sending a note of support to Assemblymember Jose Medina and the entire membership of the Assembly Higher Education committee before March 20th. We have made it easy for you to share your thoughts here and the mailing is automatic...no cost to you. Click here to electronically submit your letter of support.
Do we still need to examine the future varieties of of education and validation? You bet we do. This AB 405 is an overdue step updating the traditional system that is well deserved. There will be many more changes to come!
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Das Williams provides early leadership in alternative credentials to Address Growing Skills Gap in the Workplace
Assemblymember Williams at Health Care RoundtableAssemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) earlier this year led a focus group in alternative credentialing with SynED.org that has resulted in a CA Community College pilot program utilizing digital badges to encourage students to achieve employment locally.
“As we look to the future in education, it is important that we strategize as a community to meet the changing needs of our workforce.”
A result of the focus group has been the implementation of the first California Community College – Santa Barbara City College – to issue digital badges through its Career Skills Institute to address the growing gap between the skills employers need and want, and the skills the students learn.
Melissa V. Moreno J.D., Steve Wright, Lori Gaskin, Ph.D. According to SBCC Dean of Educational Programs Melissa Moreno, there is a growing body of research showing that employers need a workforce skilled in business soft skills, also known as 21st Century skills, transferable skills or employability skills. "Skills such as communication, team building, management, innovation, critical thinking, writing, and conflict resolution are sorely missing in today’s workforce," she said.
A focus group convened by Williams and SynED, including Moreno and Cottage Hospital, was a catalyst to the development of these life skills badges.. Since then, SynED has provided implementation and technical support to integrate Pearson applications to manage digital badges.
SynEd is a non-profit organization focusing on the gap between what business employers need and what education can offer. on Listening closely to employers, students, educators and government, SynEd identifies priorities, values and synergies of intention and technology that increase transparency and establish trusted communication between employers, jobseekers and education providers.
SynEd understands the business environment and is able to identify and gain access to key business leaders that can contribute valuable information and appreciate the scope and purpose of educational innovations. SynED does not provide or intend to provide commercial solutions but seeks instead to assure that the complete needs of the workforce education ecosystem are recognized and addressed.
By Beckie Supiano
The emerging conventional wisdom is that America's post-recession recovery was dominated by the rise of low-paying, part-time service jobs. But a new analysis challenges that narrative, finding that 2.9 million of the 6.6 million jobs added in the recovery were "good jobs" providing high pay and, in many cases, benefits.
That’s the core finding of "Good Jobs Are Back: College Graduates Are First in Line," a new report from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. It means that "the economy worked the way it’s supposed to," said Anthony P. Carnevale, the center’s director and the report’s lead author.
That’s not to say that the recovery has been perfect or that everyone is doing all right. But a recovery tilted toward good jobs fits what economists would expect to see given the economy’s structural shift to higher-skilled jobs and a pattern where more-skilled workers are last to lose jobs in a recession and first to regain them in a recovery, Mr. Carnevale said.
Let’s take a closer look at what the report has to say, and what it can tell us about the job market for college graduates:
SANTA BARBARA— Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) participated in a Healthcare Workforce Education Roundtable on Wednesday, October 8th. The roundtable discussion was hosted by SynED, which seeks to identify priorities, values and synergies of intention and technology that increase transparency and establish trusted communication between employers, jobseekers and education providers in this increasingly divergent educational ecosystem. There were key leaders representing the healthcare workforce from the state as well as Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The discussion explored issues and emerging technologies related to improving the connection between education and employment in the healthcare sector.
"The infusion of technology into the future workplace will need different kinds of skills than what we have been used to, in order for people to gain employment. The slow and uneven response to changing workplace demands can lead to a jobs and skills mismatch. Information technology can help bridge this by connecting the right people with the right set of skills, to the right job," said Williams.
There were presentations by Carla Casilli on Open Badging, Peter Janzow on Healthcare Enterprise Training Technology, Patrice Ryan from Cottage Hospital and Former Chair of the California Hospital Association Workforce Committee, as well as from Leslie Dubow on VA SimLEARN.
Select healthcare leadership in the Santa Barbara region and special guest Das Williams, Assembly Member and Chair of the CA Assembly Higher Education Committee met at Antioch University on October 8, 2014 at a meeting convened by SynED, an educational non-profit futures group, to discuss a unique solution for access to relevant training for the healthcare workforce.
Attendees participated and heard presentations by the Open Badge Alliance, Pearson/Acclaim, Cottage Health System and the Veterans Health Administration which were interspersed with group discussion among regional WIBs, Healthcare providers and educators. After thoughtful consideration, a recommendation was made to continue the discussion and plan a pilot or trial of the digital badge approach among several of the entities represented.
As traditional access to education is positively disrupted by new technologies like digital badges and gamefication, it is incumbent upon civic leadership – elected and voluntary – to lead the discussion to ensure that the changes are inclusive and effectively meet the changing needs of the workforce ecosystem. SynED's involvement statewide in similar efforts will continue to inform the group's efforts.
SynED has published a review paper capturing the vision and enthusiasm of the participants and the potential for for pilot ecosystems to validate the efficacy of digital badges in the healthcare industry.
Download the Healthcare Roundtable Report