California is challenged in meeting the projected industry demand of Two Million associate degreed and credentialed, new and incumbent, workers by 2025 and One Million middle-skilled workers. The California Community Colleges Workforce Training & Development Centers (WTDCs) are leading providers of workforce training, uniquely positioned to help close this gap for California with trained and upskilled workers, resulting in an efficient, productive and competitive workforce.
Lifelong Learning Definition: Education is no longer just a linear process with the endpoint of a single diploma or degree, but a continuous and fluid process helping individuals adapt to changing techno-logical, economic, and social conditions through one’s 30 to 40 year career.
Lifelong Learning Findings
The world of work is undergoing a massive shift. Entire occupations and industries are expanding and contracting at an alarming pace. The skills needed to keep up in almost any job are churning at a faster rate.
To meet this demand, new learning ecosystems are emerging that offer individuals at any stage of life more accessible, less expensive pathways to skills acquisition and high wages, i.e. Liflelong Learning and Upskilling.
In California, this model already exists with the Community College Employment Training Panel Collab-orative (CCETPC), a partnership of Employment Training Panel (ETP) and Workforce Training & Devel-opment Centers (WTDCs) of community colleges.