The rapid adoption of transformational technologies along with other economic and cultural shifts, have created a gap between workers and the skills and knowledge necessary for in-demand occupations. Trade and Transportation Talent Pipeline Blueprints: Building University-Industry Talent Pipelines in Colleges of Continuing and Professional Education identifies the steps required to build talent pipelines that target in-demand trade and transportation occupations requiring specific degrees, certificates, and non-credit professional development. This report provides a literature review and labor market data analysis. It also includes documentation of methodology in planning a pilot program for Colleges of Professional and Continuing Education housed within each of the 23 California State University campuses. The recommendations guide the colleges to develop talent pipelines to empower trade and transportation employers to play a more central role in addressing skills gaps and other critical workforce development needs in working partnerships with postsecondary education and training providers. The report concludes with a recommended university-industry Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Talent Pipeline pilot program.
California State University, Long Beach
This research resulted in what is essentially a set of recommendations and resources for scalable talent pipeline solutions across the CSUs with a focus on trade and transportation education and training. As a ‘proof-of-concept’ for talent pipeline programming, this report contains a methodology for a pilot program that the authors launched at California State University, Long Beach in Spring 2023, convening the College of Professional and Continuing Education, College of Engineering, and global infrastructure firm, Gannet Fleming, as partners in this effort.
Given the need for responsive and flexible programmatic and curricular support, this report makes specific recommendations for Colleges of Professional and Continuing Education (CPaCEs) housed within each of the 23 California State University (CSU) campuses to develop talent pipelines. In this way, the content of this report serves as a resource for the CSU Commission on Continuing and Professional Education as members guide and inform the larger vision for present and future CPaCE programming.