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.
TYLER REEB, PHD
Dr. Reeb serves as Director of Research and Workforce Development at the Center for International Trade and Transportation at California State University, Long Beach. He oversees a multimillion-dollar portfolio of sponsored research that addresses rural, tribal, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), supply-chain and logistics, zero-emission technologies, automation, data privacy, community engagement, and a range of workforce development issues. He is the principal author and editor of the book Empowering the New Mobility Workforce (Elsevier 2019), which was endorsed by the late Norman Mineta. He is a member of a Transportation Research Board (TRB) Rural Transportation Issues Coordinating Council (A0040C) and two TRB standing committees focused on Native American mobility issues (AME30) and workforce development and organizational excellence (AJE15). His research-driven reports, publications, and workforce development programs promote innovation and civic partnerships between leaders in business, government, and education. “Transportation in GIS,” a pilot class Tyler developed in partnership with Los Angeles Trade Technical College, won the American Planning Association Award of Excellence for Opportunity and Empowerment. Tyler is currently pilot testing an ITS Engineering Talent Pipeline program at CSULB in partnership with Gannett Fleming.
Stacey Park is a research associate at the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) and a PhD candidate at Claremont Graduate University (CGU).