Center for Workforce Development Programs
Workforce Investment Board and Career Ladders Project Programs (past, current and pending):
Since its inception in 2011 the CWD has provided educational and training programs in a variety of in-demand occupations. In partnership with the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), Career Ladders Project and regional community colleges we have delivered three, are currently offering two, and have in the pipeline two of the following seven programs:
2011-2012- HERO grant: Green Entrepreneur-
This course was designed to assist students in starting a new business or growing a current business faster, in evaluating a business idea, and in organizing a business by studying important business principles. Topics will also include environmental stewardship, conservation of energy and water, reduction of a carbon footprint, generate less waste and recycle more. Also the development and embedding sustainable practices into a new and or existing small business will be covered. Learn how to design, develop, and implement the most important tool for a successful business--the business plan. Incorporate sustainable practices into your plan to keep your business on the cutting edge of success.
2012-2013- Mobile Application Program (2 semester program):
This program was fully funded by the San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board (WIB). We designed the Mobile Apps program with our WIB as a cohort training to increase employability for dislocated and incumbent workers who needed to gain computer programming skills to enter or reenter the technology workforce. Students enjoyed hearing directly from tech industry entrepreneurs as guest speakers and industry panels addressing current trends and hiring practices in the tech, specifically mobile app sector. This included a customized workshop on GitHub, a site where software engineers post code for testing and demonstrating their programming abilities to employers. All courses where transferrable to UC and /or CSU.
2013- Customer Relations Program: (at Cañada’s Menlo Park Center)
Our Customer Relations Program prepared students for employment in the high demand retail and hospitality sector. Participants developed customer service and customer relations management skills fundamental to building a strong customer base in any business. Students learned how to build environmentally responsible practices into a business entity. Through real world case studies and hands-on learning, participants developed interpersonal communication and office technology skills contextualized to engage customers in retail and hospitality industries. Faculty from Business Management (BUS), and Computer, Business and Office Technology (CBOT) programs taught essential skills and knowledge needed to succeed across a wide variety of retail and hospitality enterprises. We supported all participants in the program with counseling and administrative services including internships to practice new skills in the workplace through our Cooperative Education/Work Experience course. Students earned a certificate of completion and college credit in courses that are transferable to the CSU system.
Medical Administrative Assistant Career Advancement Academy: This two-semester program provides students with a fast-track certificate in Allied Health to gain entry-level positions in the medical field. The Medical Administrative Assistant Certificate of Achievement focuses on medical terminology, language, math, computer business technology, and medical office practices. After gaining work experience, these certificate holders will be better prepared to earn an associate degree in the Allied Health field of their choosing.
Patient Navigator Program Students gain skills to help patients navigate complex health care and human services systems. Upon completion of the year-long program, students can take positions as patient care navigators at a variety of organizations, including hospitals, clinics, community centers, and nursing homes. The program includes on-the-job training as well as academic support and can lead to additional study and careers in other allied health and human services fields.
Recycling and Resource Management (RRM) Certificate Program:
A Certificate in Recycling and Resource Management within the Environmental Technology program is currently being processed for state approval. See the Environmental Technology course descriptions in the catalog for more information. Also, please check the web site to see current course offerings, and for updates on state approval of degrees: canadacollege.edu/environmentaltechnology
Recycling and resource management is among the largest and most rapidly growing industries in America. As more cities and businesses develop sustainability and zero waste policies, the need increases for personnel who can properly manage resource use and recycling. Utilizing resources efficiently can enable businesses to increase their economic bottom line, improve community relations, and contribute to environmental health. The recycling and resource management curriculum emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, exploring recycling and resource management from a variety of perspectives and in a variety of settings. Core curriculum will provide students with an in-depth study of waste and resource management, emphasizing cultural, community, and business applications. Courses cover governmental and organizational policies, practices, and procedures in waste resource management, including best management practices and successful community and educational programs.
Students will prepare for entry-level positions in recycling and resource management or job advancement within that field. Courses will focus on presenting skills and knowledge needed to prepare students for a wide range of work opportunities in the industry. Recycling and resource management jobs can be found in a growing number of sectors, including government agencies, manufacturing firms, nonprofit organizations, recycling companies, hauling companies, re-use businesses, grocery store chains, colleges and universities, healthcare industries, property management, consulting agencies, marketing firms, and restaurants. Examples of careers in recycling and resource management include the following: Green Procurement Specialist, Marketing and Sales Associate, Materials Handler, Recycling Coordinator, Waste Auditor, Zero Waste Events Coordinator, Zero Waste Specialist