Orange County is the economic engine of Southern California, with a high-quality workforce to match. UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, Chapman University, Brandman University, Concordia University, and an extensive community college system make Orange County an ideal place to live and work. Recognizing that the business community needs a workforce prepared for a 21st century global economy, OCBC works with community partners to identify the county’s educational needs and develop strategic solutions. By advocating for a greater focus on S.T.E.A.M. disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), OCBC is developing the next generation of global leaders.
The driving force to OCBC’s Workforce Development initiative is the Workforce Development Committee. This action committee advises OCBC’s Board of Directors on workforce development issues and organizes the annual Workforce Development Conference in conjunction with the Orange County Workforce Investment Board conference on workforce topics. The committee also develops legislative and regulatory policy recommendations.
OCBC’s 2015-2016 Orange County Workforce Indicators Report — a product of the research partnership between the Orange County Business Council, County of Orange, and Orange County Workforce Investment Board (OCWIB) — examines the growth of industry and employment, salary and wage trends, demographic changes and the educational attainment of Orange County students.
OCBC’s LEA program was developed to help fill the gaps left in education by assisting Latino parents on how to advocate for their children and to spark the importance of higher learning in Latino neighborhoods. The Latino Educational Attainment initiative is working to unify the community, students and parents to produce a highly skilled workforce for the future, lower the achievement gap and create neighborhood-based groups that will provide navigational skills to parents in all of the areas around the 100 low-performing schools in the county.
OCBC’s Community College Working Group (CCWG) is a regional coalition of business, industry, and education representatives serving the Orange County community college districts, Regional Occupation Programs (ROP), non-profits, Workforce Investment Boards (WIB), University, and K-12 institutions. CCWG proactively works with CTE (Career Technical Education) to align education programs that are inclusive and collaborative to meet the workforce needs of business and industry.