meeting california’s advanced energy workforce needs
The Bay Area Council’s Workforce of the Future Committee partnered with California Community Colleges to host an Advanced Energy Industry Roundtable on Monday, December 10. The convening brought together educators and employers in the advanced energy sector to address growing workforce demand in the industry. California’s cap-and-trade policy has identified workforce as a key component of the state’s expanding advanced energy industry, where an additional 15,000 highly skilled workers are needed every year. Employers emphasized a need for community colleges to focus on tech-related occupations, as the ‘internet of things’ provides a greater need for cybersecurity, energy storage, and data management. Regional community college programs are working to address these industry needs throughout their energy, construction, and utilities programs in the Bay Area. To engage in the Council’s Workforce of the Future initiative, please contact Senior Vice President Linda Bidrossian.