The community colleges are an effective and central part of a unified approach to workforce development in California-one that is founded on career ladders, universal, seamless, regional, strategic and collaborative.

All the components of the workforce development system are working together in an integrated fashion. A system of career ladders provides opportunity for all Californians to attain jobs that provide a living wage and to advance to positions requiring greater skills, responsibilities, and accordingly, higher pay.

Employer needs are better met, and workforce and economic development in California is enhanced by the increasing supply of skilled workers.