B1006 Workforce Training


Policy Type: Board- Strategic Outcomes
Responsible: President
Related Policies: B1002
Linked Procedures: None
Related Laws: None
Related Standards: None
HLC Criterion: 2B22B2 The institution ensures evidence is available to support any claims it makes regarding its contributions to the educational experience through research, community engagement, experiential learning, religious or spiritual purpose and economic development. , 3A3A The rigor of the institution’s academic offerings is appropriate to higher education., 3B3B The institution offers programs that engage students in collecting, analyzing and communicating information; in mastering modes of intellectual inquiry or creative work; and in developing skills adaptable to changing environments., 4A4A The institution ensures the quality of its educational offerings., 4B4B The institution engages in ongoing assessment of student learning as part of its commitment to the educational outcomes of its students., 4C4C The institution pursues educational improvement through goals and strategies that improve retention, persistence and completion rates in its degree and certificate programs., 5A25A2 The institution’s administration uses data to reach informed decisions in the best interests of the institution and its constituents., 5B45B4 The institution’s fiscal allocations ensure that its educational purposes are achieved., 5C5C The institution engages in systematic and integrated planning and improvement.
Monitoring Reports

B1006 Workforce Training PDF

Policy Statement

As identified in the College purpose statement, workforce training, consulting, and technical assistance programs and services are essential services that support public and private sector development.

When employees complete customized workforce training, employers receive value from an agile and skilled workforce that brings new ideas and creativity to a rapidly changing market and work environment; the alignment of employee skills with business goals and objectives; improved employee loyalty, morale, job satisfaction, and retention. This leads to a culture of continuity and consistency; improved productivity and revenue growth; and the opportunity to develop future organizational leaders.  Employers also receive value when College provided consulting or technical assistance services lead to improved productivity and profitability.

Employees receive value by engaging in the College’s workforce development programs designed to help them upgrade their skills or retrain for a new job assignment; by completing these activities, employees increase their productivity, employability, mobility, and earning potential.  Employees receive greater value when they can document their participation in workforce training that meets nationally recognized criteria.

Employees also receive value by maintaining their current (or obtaining a new) professional license or certification.  Employees receive the greatest value when their workforce training can be connected to the College’s professional certificate and degree programs.

Employees receive greater benefits when they can transfer their workforce training course or program between various other systems of professional development (e.g. Continuing Education Units, Continuing Professional Development Units, Professional Development Hours, Professional Learning Units, etc.). 

To achieve these benefits, the Board directs the President to establish, deliver, and continuously improve a program of workforce training.


Key Monitoring Activities:

As it relates to the key performance areas noted in the Monitoring College Effectiveness policy, the Board is interested in community need, student interest, enrollment, employment readiness, fiscal stewardship, and deployment.

The measures and indicators suggested below are advisory in nature and are intended to provide the President with a broad range of ideas as to what the Board might find helpful as it monitors the College’s progress on the key performance areas for this Strategic Outcome.  The President, at their discretion, can modify the measures and indicators as needed.

Specific measures for community need may include data that illustrates how workforce development and economic development needs are being met.  Potential indicators might include the number and amount of workforce training contracts with employers located within the College’s service area; the number and amount of consulting contracts with the district employers; the number and amount of contracts and/or alliances from trade associations; the number and amount of technical assistance contracts with district employers; the number of College service area and regional employees participating in workforce training; percentage of courses and programs that align with in-demand jobs within the College’s service area and region; employer satisfaction with workforce training; the number of employers who engage in repeat business; and the number of employers who convert from an agency funded source to employer paid contracts.

Specific measures for student interest may include data that demonstrates increased program relevance.  A potential indicator might identify the percentage of courses and programs having professional recognition and/or nationally recognized credentials.

Specific measures for enrollment may include data that reflects CEU’s, FTE, and headcount of students and employers taking workforce training courses.  Data aggregated by student demographic profiles is appropriate.  Potential indicators might identify the number of employers and students who participate in workforce training courses and programs, the number of professional CEU’s earned in a fiscal year, and/or the percentage of employees within the district in private and public sectors taking workforce training courses in a fiscal year.

Specific measures for employment readiness may include data that demonstrates licensure pass rates and pass rates for certification exams.  Potential indicators might describe the percentage of students that passed licensure exam within 6 months of completion of a workforce-training course or program and/or the number of students that passed nationally recognized certifications exams while enrolled at SCC or within 6 months of completion.

Specific measures for fiscal stewardship may provide data that demonstrates sustainability of workforce training programs.  Potential indicators might reflect the revenue generated, costs incurred, and margins realized by workforce training programs.

Specific measures for deployment may include data in the measures of curriculum management and scheduling effectiveness, including breadth of courses, percentage of courses offered in multiple timeframes/formats, number of students who access courses from off-campus locations, the average number of sections per course, average enrollment per course, and average enrollment per section.


Change Log

Date of Change Description of Change Governance Unit
03-07-22 Initial Adoption Board of Trustees
12-05-22 Added Deployment Measures Board of Trustees
12-14-23 Reviewed, No Changes Board of Trustees