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Choosing What Matters Decision Making Model

Developing new programs often requires new resources and external partnerships. That means grant research, development and writing are daily activities at the CWD. We scan national, statewide and regional grant solicitations regularly. We research to find the best opportunities for our community needs, college goals, and industry demand. To optimize the process of selecting grant proposals, we developed a decision-making model that identifies four driving forces in order to include all stakeholders and perspectives. These forces are: Demographic Needs, College Goals, Industry Demand, and Funding. We evaluate various factors within these four forces to make informed decisions for all stakeholders.

Our Choosing What Matters decision-making process keeps us focused on supporting and developing workforce programs most aligned with Cañada’s Strategic and Educational Master Plans. We also provide labor market data and industry trend information to students, staff and faculty to help find funding, write compelling proposals, connect with employers, and meet community needs. We strengthen external partnerships and foster civic engagement by partnering with businesses, industry organizations and workforce development agencies and foundations. Our regional partners are part of the statewide Doing What Matters initiative, strengthening all college programs in response to employer’s needs.

This decision making model was presented at the California Community College Association of Occupational Educators (CCCAOE) conference in Sacramento, March 12. It was a standing room only crowd, a successful workshop, presentation and exercise on using the tool. Here is a link to that presentation on Choosing What Matters