California Secures $200 Million for Workforce Training

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The California Legislature passed a budget which included an additional $200 million for workforce training programs. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, if recent trends continue, California will likely face a shortage of skilled workers by 2025.

These skilled professions include high-wage industries, such as installation maintenance and repair (aircraft mechanics and technicians, industrial machine mechanics, etc.); protective services (police and sheriff’s patrol officers); and healthcare practitioners (registered nurses, radiologic technologists, etc.), among many others. Last month, the Chamber – along with 22 additional members of the Regional Economic Association Leaders Coalition –  issued a letter in support of the proposed funding allocation.

Why this matters: In order to succeed, businesses need a large pool of educated and highly-skilled workers. By investing in our workforce, California is ensuring that future businesses will continue to innovate and thrive within the global marketplace.

60 percent of the new funding will go directly to community colleges; the other 40 percent will be invested in regional consortia where colleges and employers can work together to identify specific needs.

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