We’ve made huge changes in the way we think and do things out on the shop floor as a result of working with the CACT, and we can measure the tangible improvements.”

Rod Smith, Vice President
Bayless Engineering



A key success factor for BE Aerospace was that we could comply with the quality certification requirements, improve the skills of our existing workforce, and achieve results quickly at minimal costs. The CACT team was very knowledgeable, willing, and capable of understanding our needs, and working with us to achieve results.”

Julio Perez
BE Aerospace



The CACT has developed an outstanding training program for us with exceptional instructors. The participants have been thrilled with it, and the graduates are performing well. The product of these training classes will be the next generation Lockheed Martin employee.”

Steve Haydu
Manager of Labor Relations
Lockheed Martin, Palmdale



The skills gap is real. Technology advances and people retiring are opening up jobs that need skilled workers. You don’t necessarily need a college education to find a great job, but some post-secondary and certification is needed and the community colleges offer that avenue.”

Tony Sciarra
Program Manager for Vocational and Trade Schools
Tesla Motors



Support Strong Workforce Initiatives

Support Strong Workforce Initiatives
Building California’s Homegrown Workforce


Creating a strong workforce for California requires strong public/private partnerships.

To that end, the California Community Colleges’ Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) division and its Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy framework invest funds and resources in initiatives that unite industry and education to develop highly specialized training, technical consulting and business development services in industry sectors that are key to California’s economic growth. The end result is meeting industry’s need for skilled workers.

EWD’s industry-specific workforce services are coordinated through a system of industry experts that align community college and other workforce development resources with the needs of industry sectors and occupational clusters through a regional focus.

Click here for more information about how to support California’s Strong Workforce.

Strong Workforce Advocate Supporter Options

  • Become a “Doing What MATTERS” business partner to work together to find solutions to regional workforce issues pertaining to California’s high growth sectors. Contact your industry expert to get more information.
  • Partner with the California Community Colleges to help shape and develop curriculum and programs important for your industry.
  • Help instruct the California Community Colleges’ professors in innovations and technologies important to your industry.
  • Work with the California Community Colleges to coordinate internship and apprenticeship programs with your business/industry
  • Provide work-based learning experiences to give youth exposure to your company.
  • Partner with the California Community Colleges in co-investment opportunities.
  • Submit a letter of support to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office indicating that your business appreciates and supports its investments made in developing a strong workforce for California.
  • Be a third-party supporter/spokesperson (earned and paid media) on behalf of the system’s workforce development and career education programs.
  • Submit letters to the editor and/or opinion editorials to your local publications in support of the California Community Colleges’ workforce development and career education programs.
  • Provide links to the California Community Colleges’ Career Education programs on your company’s website.
  • Help promote the California Community Colleges’ Career Education programs via your company’s social media platforms.
  • Help promote the California Community Colleges’ Career Education programs by including information in your outreach materials, i.e. company newsletter, industry or association materials.