On Jan. 9, Gov. Jerry Brown released his administration's proposed 2015-16 state budget. It contains significant funding for adult education, career pathways at the K-12 and community college level, apprenticeship programs, and pilot programs, like Slingshot, that are aimed at addressing regional barriers to employment.
We are pleased to see that the Governor's budget recognizes that, even in an economy that is steadily improving, we must continue to focus on workforce development.
In an op-ed to the Contra Costa Times that was published on Jan. 25, we outlined a few examples of how the Workforce Development Board is collaborating with regional partners to ensure that economic and workforce development efforts are strategically aligned. After all, we cannot have true economic prosperity without opportunities for workers to improve their earning potential, secure meaningful employment and pursue pathways to the middle class.
You can read the full op-ed here.