The purpose of the CCCCO – Deputy Sector Navigator: Health Sector Grant is to collaborate with other public institutions, align resources to foster cooperation across workforce education and service delivery systems, and build well-articulated career pathways. Health is one of the identified sectors for Los Angeles County. Within the state the Deputy Sector Navigator belongs to a network of ten Deputy Sector Navigators that is led and coordinator by the Health Sector Navigator.
The Deputy Sector Navigator Grant Health Sector award from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is hosted by Rio Hondo College. This grant is part of the Chancellor’s Office’s “Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy” initiative whose goals are to “supply in-demand skills for employers, create relevant career pathways and stackable credentials, promote student success and get Californians into open jobs.”
- Give priority – Offer programs based on labor market needs
- Make room for jobs and the economy – Retool or suspend programs that are not meeting labor market needs.
- Promote student success – Using common metrics and Student Support Strategies
- Innovate for jobs and the economy – Solve complex workforce training needs through new approaches to education and training.
Why healthcare? Health Care continues to be one of the fastest growing industries in California and faces unprecedented challenges to its delivery systems. The Los Angeles (LA) area is home to over 29,000 health care sector firms (28% of all healthcare firms in the state) with about 370,000 employees.
Activities will address the labor market shortages in all health, occupations; the focus extends beyond nursing.
Career Pathways: Strategies for recruitment beginning at the middle school through high school will be addressed. The CTE Transition/SB 1070 Directors will continue to be a vital component of the Health Workforce Initiative. Their lineage to high school, ROP, and community college health programs will ensure a smooth transition as well as a well prepared pipeline of individuals to choose health as their career path.
Regional Advisory Committees: Having conducted an extremely successful LA County Nursing Advisory Committee, the project will expand this group to include additional colleges and industry representatives. It will also convene additional occupation focused advisory committees based on input from the LA Community Colleges Deans/Directors.
Incumbent Worker Training: A key objective for the LA Region is to explore and develop alternatives for assisting incumbent workers to become more competitive in the region’s labor market, increase competency, and identify career pathways to economic self-sufficiency, economic security, and lifelong access to good-paying jobs. Curriculum is available in the areas of Computer Information Systems (CIT) for implementation of the Electronic Medical Records as well as Customer Service Strategies to ensure patient evaluations facilitate maximum reimbursement for health care providers.
Facilitating Networks of Health Care Providers: This Rio Hondo College Health Workforce Initiative is positioned to address the current and future needs in Los Angeles County utilizing its established networks. It will serve as a resource to the community colleges in LA County as well as a valuable partner to the Sector Navigator, LA/Orange County Regional Consortium, and other Health Workforce Initiative Directors.
Shari T. Herzfeld, RN, MN
Deputy Sector Navigator, Los Angeles Health Workforce Initiative
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