Regional Director, Employer Engagement – Health Sector (Los Angeles Region)
The purpose of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) – Regional Director, Employer Engagement: 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 priority sectors for the Los Angeles Region. Within California, the Regional Director, Employer Engagement (RDEE; formerly Deputy Sector Navigator – DSN) belongs to a network of ten Regional Directors, Employer Engagement who are coordinated by the Statewide Director. This network is referred to as the Health Workforce Initiative (HWI).
The Regional Director, Employer Engagement (RD) for the Health Sector in the Los Angeles Region is hosted by Rio Hondo College. This grant is part of the Chancellor’s Office Economic and Workforce Division’s 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.”
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 area is home to over 29,000 health care sector firms (28% of all healthcare firms in the state) with about 370,000 employees.
Grant activities will address labor market shortages in the health sector, including living wage careers in nursing and allied health:
- Career Pathways: Strategies for career awareness and recruitment, beginning at the middle school through high school, will be addressed. The CTE Pathways Directors will 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 the 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 Region Community College 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, Registered Nurse Specialties 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 Statewide Director, LA/Orange County Regional Consortium, and other Health Workforce Initiative Regional Directors.