BUSINESS & COMMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
CCC PARTNERS TO PREPARE THE NEXT GENERATION OF WORKERS
College collaborations with local business and industry represent successful team efforts to serve our community and create opportunities to recognize the contribution of business or the college to the growth of our local economy.
Contra Costa College in partnership with Chevron is developing a preparation certificate program for industrial plant operators. Chevron and CCC have carefully selected specific courses (English, Math, Physics, Chemistry, Speech, and Business) to create the strong academic foundation needed to pass the entrance exam administered to all job applicants at Chevron.
left to right: Brent Tippen, CCC Dean of Economic Development Priscilla Leadon, and Nathaniel Simms
Kaiser Permanente has contracted with CCC to train employees in various computer applications needed to enhance job performance. Additionally, Kaiser works with the college to identify existing courses for its employees to help them gain additional training for higher level positions within the company and acts as a partner in training our students by offering them clinical placement sites. The Foundation has donated funds for supplies and equipment for the nursing program, as well as funding one lab instructor position.
CCC PARTNERS WITH EAST MAY MUNICIPAL UTILITIES DISTRICT CCC has worked with the East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) to assess the skills of its employees, as part of an effort to encourage them to prepare for career advancement. EBMUD requires that their employees complete at least 24 college units in order to apply for a supervisory position and to possess either an AA/AS degree or higher for higher level supervisory positions. The college's career and technical education counselors meet with EBMUD employees, assist them in selecting courses and encourage them to complete the coursework that would position them to grow within EBMUD.
The RichmondBUILD Pre-apprenticeship Construction Skills & Solar Installation Training program was developed to create employment and career opportunities for Richmond residents and to implement a strategy for reducing violence in our community. RichmondBUILD was established in May 2007 and has quickly become a model of effective and broad public/private partnership that is focused on developing skills needed in the high-wage construction and renewable energy fields. Contra Costa College has partnered with RichmondBUILD in a number of highly successful grant-funded initiatives.
CCC has been making regular outreach visits to the Center to recruit potential students as they are being paroled. Workshops on financial aid, EOPS, and other services are provided for the inmates.
The college has partnered with the Bay Area Rescue Mission to design and offer training courses; e.g., automotive technology and culinary arts, for the men involved in the recovery program.
CCC works with Rubicon, a community organization that seeks to make a positive and lasting impact on people living in poverty and on people living with disabilities, especially psychiatric disabilities. CCC has supported the program's efforts by creating and offering vocational education courses; e.g., nursing assistant and automotive technology, for the agency's clients.
CCC has, for the last seven years, dedicated federal funds awarded to the college to support the One-Stop Career Center in San Pablo. The funds support the presence of a career and technical education counselor to assist unemployed and laid off individuals to get the job training they need.
Many of CCC's career and technical education programs have been approved by the California Employment Development Department to be included on its list of eligible training providers. Displaced employees may be eligible to enroll in any approved course at no cost with additional financial assistance available for textbooks and other education-related expenses.
The BDC, a non-profit business development agency, provides business support services to aspiring and existing small business owners in West Contra Costa County. Their services include one-on-one business consulting, sales and marketing assistance, loan packaging, help obtaining permits and licenses, and general start-up support.
College representatives serve on the various committees sponsored by RichmondWorks and the local Workforce Investment Board. The college also has partnered with the agency to offer training for eligible Richmond residents.
This collaboration with the college offers academic support to non-native English speakers who are interested in becoming early childhood professionals. The program provides students with financial assistance for books, tuition, cash incentives, job preparation, placement, and support.
The partnership with John Muir has resulted in the hospital donating a full-time clinical instructor for the nursing program.
Contra Costa College and the local chapter of the Association of American University Women hosts an annual celebration honoring a woman from each of the five cities and five unincorporated areas served by the college.
CCC PARTNERS WITH THE FOLLOWING MEDICAL FACILITIES that offer clinical rotations for nursing and health sciences students: Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley; CCC Regional Medical Center; Children's Hospital, Oakland; Doctor's Medical Center, San Pablo; Herrick Medical Center, Berkeley; John Muir Medical Center, Concord; Kaiser, Walnut Creek and Oakland; and Martinez Veterans Care Facility.
CCC PARTNERS WITH THE FOLLOWING COMMUNITY-BASED PROGRAMS that offer work-based counseling experience for Health and Human Services students: Marin Services for Women; Center Point; Bay Area Rescue Mission; JR's North Star; Youth Services Bureau; Fauerson New Way Center; East Oakland Recovery Center; Thunder Road; Baart Addiction Research; Hilltop Church Recovery; and Calli House.