Cerro Coso students earn recognition

Eight students from Cerro Coso Community College’s Career Technical Education programs earned “Strong Workforce Stars” recognition from California Community Colleges.

“We are honored to have been recognized by the Strong Workforce Stars Program,” said CCCC President Jill Board. “These awards are the results of the hard work our administration, faculty and staff are putting in to grow and promote CTE programs at the college, and we couldn’t be more proud of the success our graduates are achieving in employment, earnings gains and living wages.”

Administration of Justice and Paralegal Studies Programs received Silver Star status; and Business and Commerce, Business Administration, Clinical Medical Assisting, Licensed Vocational Nursing, Website Design and Development, and Computer Information Studies all received Bronze Star status.

Strong Workforce Stars is an annual recognition for career education programs also known as career technical education that debuted in 2017 within the California Community College system. It highlights programs whose graduates show significant gains in factors important for advancing social mobility – a substantial increase in earnings, attainment of living wage and a job closely matched with the field of study.

“The Strong Workforce Stars program not only shines a light on effective programs, it also provides valuable information for students exploring their program options,” said Van Ton-Quinlivan, executive vice chancellor, Workforce & Digital Futures, California Community Colleges.

The 2018 Strong Workforce Stars were awarded to career education programs in 12 industry sectors, based on earnings gains, living wage attainment and employment in field of study.

The Strong Workforce Program is part of a state initiative to create more middle-skilled workers, thereby producing a job-ready workforce for employers and lifting low-wage workers into living-wage jobs.

Strong Workforce initiatives and metrics are aligned with those of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, a national initiative designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

For more information about Cerro Coso and our Workforce Stars program, go to www.cerrocoso.edu.

Story First Published: 2018-05-11