The Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative (BAWFC) is a nationally recognized initiative, led by local and national foundations, to address the skills gap that leaves too many job-seekers and workers in poverty while employers are unable to meet needs for a skilled workforce. Launched in 2004, the BAWFC seeks to enhance economic competitiveness and reduce poverty by strengthening the ability of the workforce development system to meet the needs of employers and low-skilled adults.

A partnership of 13 philanthropic foundations which leverages public and private investments to strengthen and expand the Bay Area’s workforce training system, the BAWFC has made over $10 million in grants to programs that prepare low-income adults and displaced workers for jobs in high-demand industry sectors that offer family-sustaining wages and career advancement opportunities. The BAWFC also supports a complementary set of policy and advocacy efforts aimed at developing sustainable funding streams for workforce training programs and strengthening the regional workforce system.

Since 2008, the BAWFC has focused its investments on building the workforce training capacity of community colleges. The California Community Colleges System, which enrolls 2.9 million students annually, is the largest workforce training provider in the state. As open access institutions community colleges are the portal through which economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals seek education and vocational training.

In the wake of the current economic recession, community colleges are increasingly attracting large numbers of displaced workers who are enrolling in training programs in the hopes that it will speed their re-entry into the workforce. Recognizing their role as linchpins in the workforce system, the BAWFC is making strategic investments in community colleges to position them to become workforce intermediaries.



Jessica Pitt
Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative, Coordinator
415.733.8580

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— Peer Learning Session – February 15, 2013

BAWFC – The Peer Learning Session
February 15, 2013, 9:00am – 3:30 pm
The California Endowment – Oakland Conference Center

AGENDA

Welcome & Overview
9:00 – 9:05 a.m. 

Jessica Pitt, Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative
Luis Chavez, Career Ladders Project, Peer Learning Session Facilitator

 

Contextualizing the Community College Experience:
Engaging the Unengaged, Part One
9:05 – 10:15 a.m. 

Maryanne Galindo, Los Angeles Trade Tech College
Jah’Shams Abdul-Mu’min, Los Angeles Trade Tech College

 

Break
10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

 

Ensuring Academic Success:
Cultural Integrity for a Diverse Student Population
10:30 – 12:00 a.m. 

Linda Collins, Career Ladders Project
Dr. William Tierney, Professor at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California and President, American Educational Research Association

 

LUNCH
12:00 – 12:45 a.m.
 

Student Success Act:
Reflections, Update and Implications for Bridge and Pathway Programs
12:45 – 1:45 a.m. 

Linda Collins, Career Ladders Project
Ruben Lizardo, Deputy Director, PolicyLink
Sonia Ortiz-Mercado, Dean, Student Services & Special Programs Division, Chancellor’s Office
Brief presentations & Questions and Answers

 

Contextualizing the Community College Experience:
Engaging the Unengaged, Part Two
1:45 – 3:15 a.m.
                                     

Maryanne Galindo and Jah’Shams Abdul-Mu’min, Los Angeles Trade Tech College
Team Time Reflection and Planning
Report Outs

 

Closing Comments and Peer Learning Evaluation
3:15 – 3:30 a.m. 

Jessica Pitt, Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative

 


RESOURCES

Effective Counseling

Implementation of Student Success Task Force Recommendations

Maryanne SANBI’s – 3D Storytelling ORID Tool

Role of Culture in College Prep Programs

SB 1456 chaptered

Student Success Act of 2012 Overview 10-31-12

Student Recruitment Practices and Strategies

Tracking School Success

W G (2012) Project Muse

BAWFC Outreach Strategy Worksheet – 1. Mark Martin

BAWFC Outreach Strategy Worksheet – 2. David Wahl

BAWFC Outreach Strategy Worksheet – 3. Kelli Horner

BAWFC Outreach Strategy Worksheet – 4. Li Lovett

BAWFC Outreach Strategy Worksheet – 5. E. Kaeuper

BAWFC Outreach Strategy Worksheet – 6. Chad Thompson

BAWFC Outreach Strategy Worksheet – 7. Unknown

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