Education & Workforce Development

The Inland Empire’s Challenges in Education and Workforce Development

The challenges are threefold: On one end our region faces a challenge to replenish its workforce; the second is our region faces low educational attainments; and the last component is two-part; our region’s population is almost half Latinos, who have the lowest educational rates, and the Latinos in the region also have the largest component of students in the K-12 system.

There are a few key factors our region should focus on to solve these issues. One will be working with current businesses, and anticipated industries, to determine the current and future skill sets they need. This information can then be provided to the education community in order to begin adapting their programs to these requirements. The information from businesses will be essential to providing the educators with the ability to create degrees and certifications of value to the employer community.

An additional component of this effort is to encourage state efforts of career-technical education (CTE) programs, and integrating CTE into traditional K-12 education. CTE has the ability to provide students with the skill sets integral to their career success.  Another focus should be to support and sustain initiatives aimed at Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The continued growth in the engineering, research, medical, and other advanced fields that we have experienced can only be sustained by support initiatives oriented at meeting this need in our region.

Graduates in these fields yield a large return on investment with higher high school and college graduate rates that will lead to a much needed skilled workforce.

The Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) Supports:
K-12: Early Education through High School
• Developing Educational Partnerships between the K-12 Districts and Higher Education Institutions
• Strengthening Alignment between High School Curriculum and College Admittance Requirements by supporting legislation and policies that assist in this goal
• Increase the number, rate, and diversity of undergraduates in STEM disciplines and include STEM in K-12 education curriculum
• Increasing Parental and Community Engagement for student success by developing, identifying or supporting strategies in our region to support parents and students with the goal to increase educational attainment levels out of high school and higher institutions

Higher Education: Four Year Institutions & Community Colleges
• Addressing college affordability and increase access to higher education by supporting state and federal policies and legislation that will not hinder access to funding
• Increasing the state’s and region’s focus on improving and promoting Career and Technical Education
Partnerships: Education Institutions & Industry
• Increased coordination and collaborative efforts with community colleges and four-year higher education institutions to align curriculum and programs for identified workforce needed to support economic development and sustainability in the region
• Increased state and federal support for Workforce training initiatives and programs
• Identify roles and responsibilities for academic, industry, and government organizations in studying, advancing, and evaluating comprehensive and systemic reform in STEM education and workforce development, recruitment, placement, and retention
• Linking efforts to maintain and improve the quality of life in the Inland Empire to attract and retain our human capital

 

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