Developing statewide, regional, and local workforce training programs and educational partnerships to meet the diverse labor needs of our economy.
“Not everyone who seeks job training and new career opportunities has the time or resources to obtain a 2 or 4 year degree. Short-duration, competency based training programs can provide a crucial alternative pathway to family-sustaining jobs, especially for hard-to-employ individuals.”
Our Workforce Development efforts have achieved measurable outcomes such as numbers of individuals trained and number of trainees receiving good paying jobs upon completion.
In our first cohort of participants, five students obtained positions paying more than $100k annually.
NextGen Policy contributions reduced student tuition to $99.
Many of the successful students were formerly justice-involved – one student obtained a $120k position despite being formerly incarcerated.
Students currently being trained in Digital Navigator pilot with Compton College.
Helped secure $45 Million to launch The California Healthy School Food Pathway Program, a first-of-its-kind program to provide workforce training to the school food labor force.
Working to secure funding to expand the Menlo Park program and to establish a new site.
Working to secure additional CalVolunteers funding to expand the Compton College pilot program to other colleges and universities across the state.
Establishing an urban farm on a six-acre vacant lot that would host workforce training for justice impacted individuals in the areas of farm operations, native habitat management, and ecological field research techniques.
Creates a new pipeline for the next generation of school food leaders, from entry-level positions to school food system administrators. These school food professionals will impact millions of children by providing access to freshly prepared, healthy school meals.
NextGen has partnered with Mirade, the Insight Garden Project (IGP), Compton College, and the Chef Ann Foundation. These mission-driven organizations have strengthened community connections throughout the state and helped to create a more equitable, healthy, and prosperous economy for all Californians. We are encouraged by the work they do and pleased to partner with them in the Workforce Development space.
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