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2020 - 2022 Strong Workforce Plan: Mission, Goals and Strategies


Educators play a key role in economic vitality and prosperity by preparing residents for positions and careers that pay a living wage. The Inland Empire/Desert Regional Consortium partners are committed to working together to provide the region with workforce development programs that address real needs and contribute to economic prosperity. Emphasis on the following strategic priorities is essential in order to accomplish our Strong Workforce mission.

  • Assist colleges in achieving the Vision for Success
  • Support the pillars of Guided Pathways
  • Promote the statewide Workforce Pathways Joint Advisory Committee’s Principles to Support K-14+ Pathways
  • Implement the recommendations of the Board of Governor’s Taskforce on Workforce
  • Seek active employer engagement
  • Facilitate progression from secondary to postsecondary education and transition into employment
  • Focus on achieving measurable outcomes (metrics)

Goals and Strategies

The following five goals support the broad strategic priorities of the IEDRC Strong Workforce mission

Regional Leadership and Priority Sectors

Cultivate and develop regional leadership and support structures that improve outcomes in the region’s priority sectors.

  • Streamline and expand regional leadership to improve efficiency and increase capacity
  • Promote leadership development
  • Increase responsiveness to business and industry needs
  • Promote data-driven decision making
  • Cultivate relationships between all partners

Build and Clarify the Path

Design well-articulated career education pathways that increase the likelihood of students achieving economic prosperity.
  • Align programs and curriculum across institutions
  • Promote regional mobility of students between secondary and post-secondary and from college to college
  • Build and strengthen the pipeline from secondary to post-secondary career education
  • Contextualize learning
  • Validate pathways and programs
  • Include “access” in pathway design to reach more students, especially in remote/rural areas.

Stay on the Path and Ensure Learning

Facilitate student progression and completion in career education pathways.
  • Build upon existing student support mechanisms to ensure students have enough information to understand the next steps in their chosen career path
  • Ensure classrooms and labs have up-to-date technology
  • Attract and retain qualified faculty
  • Provide ongoing professional development
  • Give students alternatives to transfer level Math and English (i.e., AB 705)

Enter the Path

Ensure that potential students are aware of career education pathways through effective career exploration, communication and outreach

  • Promote ongoing career exploration and guidance
  • Provide effective career guidance, advising and counseling that ensures all students are aware of pathways opportunities and have the necessary information to choose the right path
  • Increase access to certificate, transfer, and degree required courses
  • Educate and inform potential students, parents, and the community about the variety of career education/pathway opportunities available through the region’s K-14 education providers

Employment Preparation and Transition to Work

Provide diverse opportunities that prepare students for a seamless transition into careers or career advancement
  • Ensure students possess skills needed to get a job
  • Promote opportunities for students to engage with employers and other professionals in their field of study
  • Ensure CTE students possess basic employability skills (‘soft skills’) to keep a job
  • Embed work-based learning opportunities into career pathways
  • Ensure students have needed skill certifications
  • Increase the numbers of students region-wide who participate in apprenticeship and internships
  • Improve communication and outreach to employers and students
  • Utilize contract education and non-credit as a stepping-stone to for-credit CTE programs


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Unemployment Rate

2017   5.1%

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2012   11.5%

Median Household Income






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+244,243 jobs over the last years

Top 10 Industries

  1. Education and Hospitals (Local Gov.) - 127,683 jobs
  2. Restaurants and Other Eating Places - 124,346 jobs
  3. Local Gov., Excluding Edu. and Hospitals - 79,851 jobs
  4. Warehousing and Storage - 58,943 jobs
  5. Individual and Family Services - 57,721 jobs
  6. Employment Services - 43,349 jobs
  7. General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - 37,210 jobs
  8. Services to Buildings and Dwellings - 36,266 jobs
  9. Grocery Stores - 31,683 jobs
  10. Bldg. Equipment Contractors - 28,831 jobs

Educational Attainment - 2017

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