New Policy Priorities to Drive Inclusive Response to COVID-19 Crisis

A Pathway to Economic Recovery
for Every Californian

California Competes' new priorities underscore alignment between higher education and the workforce to better serve struggling Californians in the face of economic crisis.

Today, California Competes released the organization’s new 2020 policy priorities, A Pathway to Economic Recovery for Every Californian. Focused on safeguarding and enhancing the future of underserved communities across the state, this platform lays out key strategies to ensure postsecondary education is truly a vehicle for economic and social mobility in California, even and especially during times of uncertainty.

We urge state, institutional, and business leaders to:

  • Drive inclusive economic recovery and future resiliency by strengthening the education-to-employment pipeline;
  • Leverage employment disruption to make college a reality for adults by offering clear pathways to and through higher education; and
  • Advance programs and services that deliver equitable results through the swift design and launch of the Cradle-to-Career Data System.

Higher education has an unprecedented opportunity to help address longstanding inequities as millions of jobless Californians attempt to succeed in a tumultuous labor market.

Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez

“Higher education has an unprecedented opportunity to help address longstanding inequities as millions of jobless Californians attempt to succeed in a tumultuous labor market. All of us—researchers, policymakers, advocates, community leaders, and educators—have an obligation to work together toward a strong and equitable economic recovery,” said California Competes Executive Director Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez.

To read the new policy platform, click here.

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