Workforce Data Explained: Using Data to Narrow California Skills Gaps

Christina Pena
December 19, 2016

WDQC interviewed Jillian Leufgen, Program Analyst with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy, about the strides made toward understanding student success in California’s labor market.

Jillian Leufgen of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office talks to WDQC

California Community Colleges is the largest system of postsecondary education in the United States. The system uses LaunchBoard to link education data and wage records to provide community college employees with information about outcomes of career and technical education programs, and Salary Surfer provides similar information for the public.

Since the video was produced, a flurry of activity has happened in California. The state legislature passed SB 66 (2016) to allow sharing of data on licenses to track impact on employment and wages. California Community Colleges also aligned performance data with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Additional Resources:
  • AB 1417 (2004): legislation that led the Chancellor’s Office to design and implement a performance measurement system
  • WDQC Blog: California Community Colleges to Use New Skills Builder Metric
  • WDQC Blog: California Task Force Addresses Skills Gaps
Read more about California's progress on WDQC's state page.